"This parish rises for the most part gradually from the shore of the wide √¶stuary of the Dee, by which it is bounded on the east and north-east, into hills of considerable elevation. ..... The village, which is of small size, but contains several neat houses, is pleasantly situated at no great distance from the Chester and Holyhead road, and near the head of a small valley, which, deepening in its course, stretches towards the sea, having its sides beautifully fringed with woods." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

Whitford is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the nine townships of Bychton, Ednywain (or Trefednywain), Maesbledrys, Mertyn Isglan, Mertyn Uwch Glan, Tre'rabad, Tre'r Llan (or Whitford Lan), Tre Mostyn and Whitford Garn.
On 23 May 1844, it lost the townships of Bychton and Mertyn Isglan, and part of the township of Tre Mostyn, to the newly created parish of Mostyn.
On 19 August 1853, part of the township of Mertyn Uwch Glan was lost to the new parish of Gorsedd.



  • Beer, Adolf W View taken from Pennant's historyof the parishes of Whitford and Holywell Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol.6 1917 Welsh Journals Online
  • Davies, Ellis Canon Whitford Church ( St Bueno and St Mary) Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol.13 1952/3 Welsh Journals Online
  • Metcalfe, Peter Redfern. The Whitford poor book Hel achau, No. 62 (Nov. 1999), p. 24-29.
  • Mostyn, E.M. Lloyd. Hanes gosodiad carreg-sylfaen eglwys Gorsedd, ym mhlwyf Whitford, Swydd Fflint, yr hyn a wnaethpwyd ar ddydd Llun Pasg, MDCCCLII W. Morris : Swyddfa'r Cymro, 1852.
  • Roberts, Dewi. Wonderful Whitford Country Quest. (February 2005), p. 29
  • Tennant, Rowland. A history of six villages Holywell : Rowland Tennant, 2003.
  • Tennant, Rowland. Mynydd y Garreg Tower, Whitford Clwyd Historian = Hanes Bro Clwyd. No. 58 (Spring 2008), p. 21-22.

Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 146782.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Church of St Mary and St Beuno, Whitford - on CPAT

Nonconformist Churches

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

Name of Chapel Denomination Number of "adherents"
Penygelli, Lloc - Welsh Baptist 50
Bethel, Mostyn, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist 145
Carmel Calvinistic Methodist 87
Salem, Llanerchymor - Welsh Calvinistic Methodist 170
Cyssegr, Mostyn - Welsh Congregational 150
Not named, Mostyn - English Congregational 150
Llynhelyg - Welsh Congregational 37
Zion, Mostyn - Welsh Congregational 120
Bryn Seion - Welsh Wesleyan 200
Lloc - Welsh Wesleyan 104

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Whitford / Mostyn 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.
    All, except Cysegr, 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 I.G.I. Batch Number
Bethel, Rhewl Mostyn Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1814 - 1837 C098231
Seion, Carmel Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1815 - 1837 C098221
Salem, Llanerch y Mor Calvinistic Methodist Births and Baptisms 1829 - 1837 C098201
Cysegr, Rhewl Mostyn Independent / Congregational Births and Baptisms 1821 - 1837 -
  • The following nonconformist registers for the Whitford / Mostyn area are held either at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden (FRO) or at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (NLW).
    They 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
Salem, Llanerch y Mor Calvinistic Methodist Baptisms 1919 - 1964 NLW
Cysegr, Mostyn Congregational Baptisms 1832 - 1900 NLW
Seion, Carmel Congregational Burials 1862 - 1988 FRO

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Whitford was assigned to the No. 1 ("Whitford") 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 Whitford 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

You can see pictures of Whitford which are provided by:



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


Historical Geography

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



Mortgage ('tir-prid') of lands in the parish of Whitford, 29 September 1289 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

Map of the parish of Whitford in the County of Flint on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ142786 (Lat/Lon: 53.297634, -3.288903), Whitford which are provided by:



  • In 1831- the population was 3333.
  • In 1901- the population was 908.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


Archdeacon Thomas (1911) gives the area of the parish as 3500 acres.