BODFARI

In 1868, the parish of Bodfari contained the following places:

"BODFARI, (or Bodvari), a parish partly in the hundred of Ruthin, in the county of Denbigh, and partly in the hundred of Rhuddlan, in the county of Flint, North Wales, 4 miles to the N.E. of Denbigh. It is situated in a very picturesque country on the rivers Clwyd and Whielor, and contains the township of Aber-Whielor. This place is considered to be the site of the Roman station Varis. Its name, its position on the Roman road from Chester, and the discovery of numerous coins, urns, and other Roman remains, support this view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph, of the value of £296, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, which stands on rising ground, has a good tower and a finely-carved oak pulpit, set up in 1574, and is dedicated to St. Stephen. The parochial charities produce about £6 a year. There is an ancient entrenchment near the village, at Moel-y-gaer, which commands the pass over the mountains, and is supposed to be of British origin.

"PENUCHAF, a hamlet in the township of Aberwheeler, parish of Bodfari, county Flint, 4 miles N.E. of Denbigh. It is situated under Moel-y-gaer camp near the river Clwyd."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018