"This parish, which is situated on the roads from Denbigh to Mold and Holywell, comprises a very considerable tract of good arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and cultivated; and a portion of hilly ground, which is too elevated for culture. .... The village, which is small, is seated on an eminence, commanding some finely varied and extensive prospects; and the surrounding scenery presents many interesting features.
Lead abounds in the parish, and several mines, which had been worked for many years with great advantage, have been recently discontinued, in consequence of the present low price of the metal. ....
On the high ground in this parish are the remains of a Roman encampment; and at Bryn Sion was found, in the year 1816, a very beautiful torque of pure gold, measuring fifty-two inches in length, and weighing twenty-four ounces; which was purchased by the Marquis of Westminster for three hundred guineas." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]
Ysceifiog is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the eight townships of Batingen, Garneddwen, Gellilyfdy, Pen Ucha'r Plwy, Prys (or Prysau), Trefraith, Tre'r Llan Isaf and Tre'r Llan Uchaf.
On 27 June 1848, parts of the townships of Garneddwen, Tre'r Llan Uchaf and Pen Ucha'r Plwy went to the new parish of Rhesycae.
On 19 August 1853, part of the township of Gellilyfdy went to the new parish of Gorsedd.
In 1854, parts of the townships of Pen Ucha'r Plwy and Prys went to the new parish of Brynford.
- Death of the Reverend Canon Williams M.A., Rector of Ysceifiog and Rural Dean of Holywell. Holywell : W. Morris, pr., 1854.
- Emery, Gordon. Ysceifiog ; with additional illustrations by David Bell. Rev. ed. Chester : Gordon Emery, 1999.
- Lloyd, Nesta John Jones, Gellilyfdy Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 24 1969/70 Welsh Journals Online
- Roberts, Enid Pierce Llys Coedymynydd; the activities of younger sons and minor gentry Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 36 2003 Welsh Journals Online
- Roberts, Raymond. The Ysceifiog six Connah's Quay : Clwydian Walks, c1996.
- Smith, P & M Bevan-Evans A few reflections on Gellilyfdy and the renaissance in north-east Wales Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 24 1969/70 Welsh Journals Online
- Walls, L J & M Bevan-Evans Pentre, Lixwm - a Jacobethan hall house Flintshire Historical Society journal, Vol. 25 1971/72 Welsh Journals Online
|Licswm Baptist Chapel, Lixwm|
|Waugoleugoed (1) Welsh Independent Chapel, Waen Goleugoed|
|Waungoleugoed (2) Welsh Independent Chapel, Waun, Waun Goleugoed|
Ordnance Survey reference SJ 153714.
By 1835, the old church was in such a state of dilapidation that services had to be discontinued. The building was demolished, and a new church was erected on the same site during 1836 / 1837.
The church is dedicated to St. Mary.
The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.
St Mary's - on CPAT
"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 Ysceifiog :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Number of "adherents"|
|Lixwm - Welsh||Baptist||60|
|Berthen Gron, Lixwm||Calvinistic Methodist||220|
|Not named - Welsh||Congregational||Not stated|
|Fron - Welsh||Wesleyan||40|
- The following nonconformist registers for the Ysceifiog 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 Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered||I.G.I. Batch Number|
|Babell||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1819 - 1836||C098251|
|Berthen Gron||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1812 - 1837||C098261|
- The following nonconformist registers for the Ysceifiog area are held at the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden :
|Name of Chapel||Denomination||Type of Record||Years Covered|
|Lixwm / Licswm||Calvinistic Methodist||Births and Baptisms||1807 - 1837|
When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Ysceifiog 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 Ysceifiog 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)
Ysceifiog - on wikipedia
The transcription of the section for this place from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ysceifiog to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Ysceifiog 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
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 Ysceifiog parish in the County of Flint on the People's Collection Wales site
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ153717 (Lat/Lon: 53.235695, -3.270836), Ysceifiog which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Brothers [Smart] from Ysceifiog, Flintshire who all fought in the First World War - on the People's Collection Wales site