"Bagillt is a bustling place, and will continue so, as long as her smelting and coal works go on in their present prosperous state. Well conducted boats go from this place to Chester every day; with a favorable wind, these little barks make the 17 or 18 miles in little more than two hours." [J. Poole, Gleanings of the histories of Holywell, Flint, St. Asaph and Rhuddlan, 1831.]

The new parish of Bagillt was gazetted on 23 May 1844, having been created from the townships of Bagillt Fawr, Bagillt Fechan, Coleshill Fawr and Coleshill Fechan, which were formerly in the parish of Holywell.



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  • Bagillt, a wealth of heritage : Bagillt Heritage Society Millennium Project. Bagillt : Bagillt Heritage Society, 2000.
  • Bagillt through the ages / Bagillt History Club. 2nd ed. Chorley, Lancs. : Countryside Publications, 1985.
  • Blythin, H. and J. Phillips. An easy historical walk in the Bagillt area Proceedings of the Dyserth and district field club, (2002), p. 56-58.
  • Jones, Arthur. Hanes dechreuad a chynydd y Methodistiaid yn Bagillt, Sir Fflint Flint : J.E. Gunning, Borough Printing Works, 1907.
  • Meese, C E. The late George Tattum, Bagillt, 1870-1941 Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 18 (April 1987), p. 27-9
  • Meese, Ceridwen Eluned. 1920's reflections of Bagillt Ruthin : Clwyd Voluntary Services Council, [1985]
  • Meese, Ceridwen Eluned. Further reflections of Bagillt Ruthin : Clwyd Voluntary Services Council, 1986 & 1990
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  • Walls, Shirley. The Cambrian Brewery Bagillt Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 44 (Spring 2000), p. 2-6


In addition to the churchyard at St. Mary's parish church, there is a public cemetery in New Brighton Road.
The cemetery, which was opened about 1870, is still in use, and is administered by Flintshire County Council. The opening time is 8.00 a.m. until sunset.
The cemetery records, from 1870 to date, are held at the Flintshire County offices in Flint.
Researchers who wish to see the cemetery records must make a prior appointment, by contacting :

  • Flintshire County Council,
    Housing and Community Services,
    Cemeteries Section,
    County Offices,
    CH6 5BD.

    Tel: 01352 703360
    Fax: 01352 703373

Cemetery, Bagillt

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 222751.
The church of St. Mary, Bagillt was built between the years 1837 and 1839, and was consecrated on 18 July 1839 as a "chapel of ease" within the parish of Holywell, serving the increasingly industrialised area of Bagillt, with its rapidly growing population.
It became the parish church of the new parish of Bagillt in 1844.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Picture of Bagillt Parish Church, c.1908 - on the People's Collection Wales  site

St. Peter's Mission Room was erected in 1883.

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Flint - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in Bagillt, within "Holywell Rural District". This was a Civil administrative district.

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Bethel - WelshBaptist100
TabernacleCalvinistic Methodist190
Not named - EnglishCongregational85
Salem - WelshCongregational111
Not namedSalvation Army40
Bethania - WelshWesleyan200
Ebenezer - WelshWesleyan200
Soar - WelshWesleyan100

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Bagillt area are held at the Public Record Office, Kew.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at LDS Family History Centres; and at the Flintshire Record Office, the Denbighshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    They have also been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredI.G.I. Batch Number
TabernaclCalvinistic MethodistBirths and Baptisms1827 - 1836C098211
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Bagillt area are held at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden.
    They have not been filmed; and they have not been incorporated into the I.G.I. :
Name of ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears Covered
Boot EndUnited Reform ChurchBirths and Baptisms1958 - 1966 (photocopies)
SalemIndependentBaptisms1858 - 1976

Civil Registration

The new parish of Bagillt was assigned to the No. 2 ("Holywell") sub-district of the Holywell Registration District, which was co-extensive with the Holywell poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Bagillt are found under:

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Holywell XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1852 - 1946: Holywell 11b. nnn

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


Description & Travel

Bagillt - on wikipedia

"Bagillt is a small town on the Dee estuary. From the late 17th century it became important as an early industrial centre for the production of lead. And in the 19th and 20th centuries, for coal production and other industries, including rope making and brewing". Collection on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Bagillt which are provided by:



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



Bagillt History Club

Bagillt Heritage Society

The Club and Cocoa House, Bagillt on the People's Collection Wales site



"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

Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348. Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ222751 (Lat/Lon: 53.267164, -3.167946), Bagillt which are provided by:


Merchant Marine

Two sailing boats in the harbour; individuals sitting on edge of harbour (Bagillt) on the People's Collection Wales site


Military History

An article from the Flintshire Observer about the death of John Williams from Bagillt during The First World War on the People's Collection Wales site



Material on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Colliery Rescue Brigade. Bagillt 
  • Chopping Hay. Bagillt, 1921 
  • Hay Gathering. Bagillt, 1921 
  • Hay Cutting. Bagillt, 1921
  • Workers at the Dee Bank Lead works, Bagillt, c. 1910


  • In 1831- Bagillt was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 2637.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]

Social Life & Customs

Tea party at Bryn Madyn, Bagillt c.1900 on the People's Collection Wales site



Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3191 acres.