"A hamlet, in that part of the parish of Gresford which is in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 5 miles (N by W) from Wrexham; containing 539 inhabitants. It is situated near the left bank of the river Alyn, and on the border of Flintshire. ..... Offa's Dyke passes between the township and the river." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

Llay became a parish of the Church in Wales on 13 December 1944. It was formed from the township of Llay, and parts of the townships of Burton, Gresford, and Marford & Hoseley, which, until then, been in the parish of Gresford.



  • Llay village trail with brief history & photographs of Llay Main Colliery / produced by the Clwyd County Planning and Estates Department in association with the Llay Women's Institute.   Clwyd County Council, [1988]
  • Nicholson, Arthur D.    Explosion at the Llay Main Colliery, Wrexham, Denbighshire       London : HMSO , 1925        
  • Tilston, Jeremy.   The Tilston family of Llay smithy (1661-1991). Part 1, 1661-1704      Hel achau, 36 (1992), p. 2-5.        
  • Tilston, Jeremy.   The Tilston family of Llay smithy (1661-1991). Part 2, 1704-1842      Hel achau, No. 37 (1992), p. 13-17
  • Tilston, Jeremy.  The Tilston family of Llay smithy (1661-1991). Part 3, 1840-1991       Hel achau, No. 39 (1993), p. 8-10
  • Tyler-Jones, Vic. Ed. Llay Through the Ages - Photographs of the Colliery Years 1906-66 Printed by the Resources Department, Darland High School Rossett  December 1999
  • Tyler-Jones, Vic. Ed.  Llay - a history in photographs , volume 2. Printed by Repro Grafix, Gwersyllt, December 2000
  • Tyler-Jones, Vic.  Ed. Llay - a history in photographs, volume 3, Llay at War Printed by Repro Grafix, Gwersyllt, November 2002
  • Tyler-Jones, Vic  The Miners of Llay Main, published by Bridge Books. 2011. Second edition 2018

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 333557.
The first services at Llay were held in the "Mission Hut" on 9 January 1916. The foundation stone of the new church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, was laid on Sunday, 11 November 1923, and the church was consecrated on Saturday, 21 February 1925.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" did not list any nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of Llay.


Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, at the A.N. Palmer Library, Wrexham, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
  • Baptisms which took place at the Mission Church before 21 February 1925 have been entered into the baptism registers for Gresford.
1925 - 19611925 - 1971None

Bishop's Transcripts

  • There are no Bishop's Transcripts for St. Martin's, Llay.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Martin's, Llay.

Civil Registration

The new parish of Llay was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Llay are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Wrexham XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Wrexham 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)


Description & Travel

Llay - on wikipedia

You can see pictures of Llay which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



North-East Wales Churches and Ancient Parish Boundaries" produced by Clwyd Record Office in 1994, published by Genuki with the permission of Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives

 The township of Llay in the parish of Gresford in the County of Denbigh   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ332558 (Lat/Lon: 53.095206, -2.999008), Llay which are provided by:



Llay Main Colliery and Llay Hall Colliery - on the Welsh Coalmines site


Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Llay Main Colliery Company Ltd. Miner's lamp and pay tally pre-1947 
  • Prime Minister's letter to Joe Parry ; Joe Parry and Bill Partington were awarded a silver leaf for bravery in rescuing George Williams, trapped by a roof fall at Llay Main Colliery in 1952  
  • Llay Main Colliery Clock
  •  Portrait; John Henry (Jack) Hammerton was the day enginewright at Llay Main. In June 1951 his life story appeared in 'Coal' magazine.
  • 1910 Drilling Core sample Llay Main Colliery
  • Llay Hall Colliery [building]