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"WREXHAM, a market-town and parish and head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of BROMFIELD, county of DENBIGH, but partly in the hundred of MAELOR, county of FLINT, NORTH WALES, 24 miles (S. E. by E.) from Denbigh, 16 (E. S. E.) from Ruthin, and 187 (N. W.) from London; including the chapelries of Bersham-Drelincourt and Miners, and the townships of Abenbury- Vawr, Abenbury Vechan, Acton, Bieston, Borras-Bovah, Broughton, Brymbo, Eselusham Above, Eselusham Below, Dour-ton, Stansty, Wrexham-Abbot, and Wrexham-Regis; and containing 13,134 inhabitants, of whom 6031 are in the townships of Wrexham Abbot and Regis, forming the town.... More " [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833  © Mel Lockie 2016]

"A market town, a parliamentary borough, the head of a Union, and a parish, chiefly in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh; 26 miles (SE by E) from Denbigh, 18 (ESE) from Ruthin, and 187½ (NW) from London; ..... and containing 12,921 inhabitants, of whom 5818 are in the townships of Wrexham Abbot and Wrexham Regis, forming the town." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1849, Samuel Lewis]



  • Blackwell, Colin.     From Wrexham to Fromelles (a Boy Soldiers short life)     Hel achau, No. 104 (Mawrth / March 2010), p. 54-59.
  • Bordessa, D.  Old Wrexham         [S.l.] : Adebo Press, c2008.
  • Boyd,  James I. C.         The Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay railway    Oxford : Oakwood Press, 1991
  • Brooks, Ron.  Rochdale, Wrexham, and the University tutorial class movement in north-west Wales, 1907-14      Welsh History Review 20   Welsh Journals Online
  • Byrne, Kathryn.       St Mary's Cathedral Wrexham          Werxham : Bridge Books, 2007.
  • Chaloner, Joan.    Wrexham hospitals       Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2005.  
  • Chirk Castle, Wrexham / Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol = The National Trust.         Rev. ed         [Swindon?] : National Trust, 2007 [reprinted 2009]  
  • Cliffe, Vic.    Helping the needy in Wrexham      Hel achau, No. 93 (July 2007), p. 14-15
  • Crocker's Wrexham directory and postal guide for 1881-82, ...         Shrewsbury : Crocker, [1881]
  • Davies,  Gareth M. and Peter Jones.    Wrexham Football Club, 1872-1950      Stroud, Gloucs. : Tempus, 2000.
  • Davies, Grahame.     Real Wrexham            Bridgend : Seren, 2007.
  • Davies, Jonathan.    John Bury and the emerging middle class of Victorian Wrexham          Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 55 (2007), p. 144-164.
  • Dodd, A H (ed).   A History of Wrexham, Denbighshire   Wrexham 1990 (& 1957)
  • Early Methodism in and around Wrexham c.1750-1805 / by the editor.       Bathafarn, Vol. 18 (1963), p. 22-41
  • Fletcher, Allan.   Richard Gwyn - Wrexham's martyr     Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 49 (Autumn 2002), p. 10-12
  • Herbert, Reg.   Wrexham and district        Wrexham : Wrexham Advertising Services, [1996?]
  • Hornsey, Brian.   Ninety years of cinema in Wrexham           [Wrexham] : Brian Hornsey, 1990.
  • Jones, Beryl M.    The clockmakers and watchmakers of Wrexham 1650-1900         Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 56 (2008), p. 101-120
  • Jones, Derek M. and Beryl M.         Wrexham breweries and inns             Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2001.
  • Jones,  John  Solicitor, Wrexham.      Wrexham and its neighbourhood        2nd ed.         Wrexham : R. Potter, 1868.
  • Jones, Peter.     Wrexham     Derby : Breedon, 1992.
  • Jones,  Russell H.     Wrexham villages  Volume 1, West.         Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1991.
  • Linnard, William.          Richard Joynson and Thomas Hampson of Wrexham, clockmakers         Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 57 (2009), p. 56-63.
  • Lloyd, H A (ed)   Wrexham and District     Wrexham 1970
  • Lloyd, Terry.    Wrexham and district guide         Wrexham : Wrexham Advertising Services, 1989.
  • Nineteenth century Wrexham :          Ltd ed: 400 copies.         Wrexham : Wrexham Library & Information Service, 1997.
  • Palmer, Alfred N.  A history of the older nonconformity of Wrexham and its neighbourhood    Wrexham 1888 
  • Palmer, Alfred Neobard.   History of the town of Wrexham             Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1997.
  • Palmer, Alfred Neobard.      History of the thirteen country townships of the old parish of Wrexham, and of the townships of Burras Riffri, Erlas, & Erddig    Wrexham : Printed for the author by Hughes and Son, 1903.
  • Pratt, Derrick.   Memories of the Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway, 2, a personal odyssey    Denbighshire Historical Society 48   1999
  • Pratt, Derrick.           One small corner of Wrexham      Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 48 (Spring 2002), p. 1-4
  • Pratt, Derrick.      Wrexham area Home Guard, 1940-44. [Part 2], Dad's Army       Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 37 (Autumn 1996), p. 26-32
  • Pratt, Derrick.    Fourteenth-century Wrexham      Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), Vol. 55 (2007), p. 19-65.
  • Pratt, Derrick.      Towards mapping the Wrexham coalfield        Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 61 (Winter 2009/10), p. 14-22
  • Pratt, Derrick.     A Wrexham Castle?      Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 62 (Spring 2010), p. 23-29
  • Roberts,  John Howell.       Lost houses in and about Wrexham        Hel achau, No. 104 (Mawrth / March 2010), p. 33-35
  • Shone, Arthur N.             Wrexham races             Wrexham : Snowy Publications, 1991.
  • Shone, Isaac.     Wrexham: its present sanitary condition      Wrexham : Bayley and Bradley, Printers and Publishers, 1876.
  • Smith, Gillian.      Guide to Wrexham Parish Church     Wrexham : St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham, 1988.
  • The late Mr Alfred Neobard Palmer, of Wrexham :         Wrexham : Wrexham Advertiser, 1915.
  • The Official Guide to Wrexham     Ed J Burrows & co Ltd    19??
  • Wicklen, S I.     History of Wrexham printing     Conwy : Cader Idris Books, [1988]
  • Williams, Gwyneth.     Wrexham and district          Loggerheads : S.B. Publications, 1990
  • Williams, W. Allister.    Old Wrexham            Wrexham : Bridge Books, 1988;  and several other vols
  • Williams, W. Allister.      The encyclopaedia of Wrexham        Wrexham : Bridge Books, 2001.
  • Williamson, Val.     Wrexham's railway  ;     illustrations by Norah Sakwa ; photographs by Mandy Bainbridge.    Mold : Clwyd Centre for Educational Technology, c1984.
  • Wrexham Directory 1886  Hawarden 1981
  • Wrexham illustrated :          Brighton : Robinson, Son and Pike, [1892?]
  • Wrexham in the Welsh Marches of Denbighshire     8th ed   Cheltenham 1954


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wrexham area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Wesleyan Sunday School Certificate, 1906
  • Wrexham Church
  • Tan-y-fron Sunday school, near Wrexham, c. 1885


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 administrative district of Wrexham Regis :

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Bradley Road Baptists (English language) 100
Chester Street Baptists (English language) 180
Penybryn Baptists 200
Rhosddu Baptists 58
Bersham Road Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 320
Hill Street Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 300
Smithfield Road Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 150
Victoria Hall Calvinistic Methodists (English language) 420
(plus 68 at Pentrefelin)
Zion Calvinistic Methodists 500
Chester Street Congregationalists (English language) 235
Pen y Bryn, Salusbury Park Congregationalists (English language) 400
Queen Street Congregationalists 350
Lord Street FC (sic) (English language) 100
Brynyffynnon Wesleyans (English language) 375
Hampden Road Wesleyans 95
Hightown Mission Wesleyans (English language) 221
Jerusalem, Egerton Street Wesleyans 258
Talbot Road Primitive Methodists (English language) 130
King Street Mission House Christians (English) 70

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Wrexham area are held at the Public Record Office, Kew.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at LDS Family History Centres; and at the Denbighshire Record Office, the Flintshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    The baptisms have also been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme :
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered
Abbot Street Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1811 - 1837
Old Meeting House,
Chester Street
Independent / Baptist Births and Baptisms 1779 - 1837
Pentrefelin Independent Births and Baptisms 1832 - 1837
Pen y Bryn Independent Baptisms 1784 - 1837
Wern Independent Births and Baptisms 1808 - 1837
Brynffynnon Wesleyan Births and Baptisms 1818 - 1837
Salop Road Wesleyan Baptisms 1813 - 1837
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Wrexham area are held either at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin (DRO) or at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (NLW).
    The Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices have photocopies of those registers which have been deposited in the National Library.
    These registers have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of Chapel Denomination Type of Record Years Covered Held at
Rhosddu Cemetery,
Chester Street
Baptist Burials 1864 - 1904 DRO
Abbot Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1811 - 1888  
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1707 - 1718 NLW
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1811 - 1960  
Seion, Regent Street Calvinistic Methodist Burials 1715 - 1718 NLW
Victoria Hall Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1958 - 1981  
Ebeneser, Queen Street Congregational Marriages 1982 - 1984 DRO
Poyser Street Methodist Baptisms 1965 - 1966 DRO
Poyser Street Methodist Marriages 1912 - 1972 DRO
"Circuit" Primitive Methodist Baptisms 1843 - 1884 DRO
"Circuit" Wesleyan Baptisms 1855 - 1896 DRO
Brynffynnon Wesleyan Marriages 1863 - 1889
1899 - 1970

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Wrexham was assigned to the No. 4 ("Wrexham") sub-district of the Wrexham Registration District; which, initially, was co-extensive with the Wrexham poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Wrexham 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 and Travel

Wrexham County Borough Council

Wrexham - on wikipedia

Welcome to Wrexham

Wrexham.com - "Independent local news, reviews, information and forums"

Various landscapes/buildings   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

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

The transcription of the section for this parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833  © Mel Lockie 2016

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Historical Geography

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



Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Then & Now: Hope Street, Wrexham (1900/2011) 
  •  Banknote of the Wrexham & North Wales Bank, 1844

Military History

Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Unveiling of R.W.F. Memorial at Wrexham c1920 
  • The Royal Welch Fusiliers memorial was erected in 1924, originally at the junction of Regent Street and Grosvenor Road, and moved to its present site after the Second World War
  • An article from the Denbighshire Free Press about the death of Robert Randle Egerton from Wrexham during The First World War.
  • Ned and donkey, Pool Park, Wrexham, c. 1875
  • Discharge certificate of Joseph Jones, 28 December 1918
  • A 'silk' postcard sent by Pte Joseph Jones to his wife, 1914-18


Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Front page of the earliest surviving copy of the Welsh newspaper Wrexham Guardian 1875  
  • The Wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News, 7 February 1891.
  • Wrexham and Denbigh Weekly Advertiser Mar 11 1854


Various items -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • The last pony to work at Bersham Colliery, near Wrexham, 1952  
  • Wrexham Lager Beer Company
  • Certificate recieved by Jini Morris (nee Jones) from the Agricultural Department at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1921
  • Powell Brother Engineering Works, 1914-1918.
  • Island Green Malthouse and Brewery, Wrexham,
  • Wrexham Eisteddfod, spinning demonstration, 1912
  • Wrexham Eisteddfod, weaving demonstration, 1912
  • Upper MIll, Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham.
  • Denbighshire Fire Brigade at Wrexham Fire Station, 16 June 1953
  • Indenture of Sarah Ellis, Gresford, to be apprenticed to a weaver from Wrexham,13 January 1767
  • Cefn-mawr clay industry, Wrexham, 1 June 1950


  • In 1831- the population was 11,521.
  • In 1901- the population was 15,821.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]

Religion and Religious Life

A photograph showing the Mold contingent taking part in the anti-Disestablishment demonstration held in Wrexham on 13 August 1913. Their banner reads 'Mold - Right is Might and will Prevail'. Another banner reads: 'England and Wales, One Nation, One Church'   -  on the People's Collection Wales site



Various items  -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • School log book, Cefn Mawr Infant School, Wrexham, 17 March to 19 May, 1882  
  • Penygelli Junior School 1908 
  • Penygelli Infants School 1907
  • Penygelli Infants` School Welsh class 1965

Social life and Customs

Various items   -  on the People's Collection Wales site

  • The Empty Chair at Wrexham, 1876. The winning bard, Thomas Jones (Taliesin o Eifion), had died a few weeks previously 
  • Wrexham & District Operatic & Musical Society. Performed at The Great Hall, Grove Park County School, Wrexham 1943
  • Proclamation Ceremony of the 1912 Eisteddfod Wrexham . and 1933
  • Work Committee of the 1933 National Eisteddfod at Wrexham
  • The Wrexham Gorsedd 1911