The new parish of Penycae was formed by an Order in Council on 28 October 1879, from portions of the parishes of Ruabon, Rhosllanerchrugog, and Rhosymedre.



  • Jones, Gareth.    The Griffiths or Williams at Penycae     Cronicl Powys, No. 80 (August 2010), p. 34-36.
  • Jones, Gareth.    Griffiths or Williams at Penycae?        Cylchgrawn hanes teuluoedd Dyfed, Vol. 10, no. 6 (August 2010), p. 28-31
  • Jones,  John Owen.      Hen arweinyddion y canu yn Salem, Penycae        Colwyn Bay : Argraffwyd yn Sefydliad Affricanaidd, 1911.
  • Pratt, Derrick.   Plas Du, Penycae         Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 25 (October 1990), p. 19-22

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 276453.
The new church, dedicated to St. Thomas, was consecrated on 6 December 1878.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Thomas, Penycae

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of Penycae :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Salem Baptists 361
Sion, Groes Baptists (English language) 88
Groes Calvinistic Methodists 165
Tai Nant Calvinistic Methodists 112
Soar, Stryt Issa Wesleyans 200
Copperas Primitive Methodists (English language) 100

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 Marriages Burials
1880 - 1919 1880 - 1971 1881 - 1952

Bishop's Transcripts

  • There are no Bishop's Transcripts for St. Thomas, Penycae.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Thomas, Penycae.

Civil Registration

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

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Penycae 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

Penycae - on wikipedia

You can see pictures of Penycae which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penycae has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ280453 (Lat/Lon: 53.00016, -3.074298), Penycae which are provided by:



  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 3046.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]