Diocese of St Asaph

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Diocese of Saint Asaph

Esgobaeth Llanelwy
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of St Asaph.svg
Location
Ecclesiastical provinceWales
ArchdeaconriesSt Asaph, Montgomery, Wrexham
Information
CathedralSt Asaph Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopGregory Cameron
DeanNigel Williams
Map
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Website
www.dioceseofstasaph.org.uk

The Diocese of Saint Asaph is a diocese of the Church in Wales in north-east Wales, named after Saint Asaph, its second bishop.

Geography[edit]

The Anglican Diocese of St Asaph in the north-east corner of Wales stretches from the borders of Chester in the east, to the Conwy valley in the west, to Bala in the south-west, and Newtown in the south-east. The population is in excess of half a million people.

The more populous areas are to be found along the coast and in the large conurbation of Wrexham, the principal town. The industrial areas around Wrexham and Deeside have undergone great change in the past decade or so. Where once the coal, steel and textile industries provided most of the employment, the economy is now much more diversified and one of the fastest growing in the UK. A major employer is Airbus UK (currently part of BAE Systems), while Wrexham Industrial Estate is one of the largest in Europe. North-east Wales also acts as a dormitory area for Chester Business Park, which is dominated by MBNA. This economy is ministered to by an Industrial Chaplain, a post which alternates between a Church in Wales priest and a Presbyterian Church of Wales minister.

Most of the diocese is rural, interspersed with small market towns and village communities. The southern area of the diocese in north Powys is undergoing regional development, especially with the advent of a good number of small industries. Because of the beauty of the landscape, at holiday times there is a large influx of visitors from England and further afield. Tourism is now one of the growth industries of this area of Wales.

Traditionally, the Diocese of St Asaph extended across the border into England. However, following disestablishment on 31 March 1920, the Shropshire parishes of Criftins, Hengoed, Kinnerley, Knockin, Llanyblodwel, Llanymynech, Melverley, Morton, Oswestry, St Martins, Selattyn, Trefonen, Weston Rhyn and Whittington were transferred from the Diocese of St Asaph to the English Diocese of Lichfield.

History[edit]

This diocese was founded by St. Kentigern about the middle of the sixth century, when he was exiled from his see in Scotland. He founded a monastery called Llanelwy at the confluence of the rivers Clwyd and Elwy in north east Wales, where after his return to Scotland in 573 he was succeeded by Asaph or Asa, who was consecrated Bishop of Llanelwy.

The diocese originally coincided with the Welsh principality of Powys, but lost much territory first by the Mercian encroachment marked by Watt's dyke and again by the construction of Offa's dyke, soon after 798. Nothing is known of the history of the diocese during the disturbed period that followed. Domesday Book gives scanty particulars of a few churches but is silent as to the cathedral.

Early in the twelfth century, Norman influence asserted itself and in 1143 Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated one Gilbert as Bishop of St. Asaph, but the position of his successors was very difficult and one of them, Godfrey, was driven away by poverty and the hostility of the Welsh. A return made in the middle of the thirteenth century (British Museum, Cotton MSS. Vitellius, c. x.) shows the existence of eight rural deaneries, seventy-nine churches, and nineteen chapels. By 1291 the deaneries had been doubled in number and there were Cistercian houses at Basingwerk, Aberconway, Strata Marcella and Valle Crucis, and a Cistercian nunnery, Llanllugan Abbey. The cathedral, which had been burnt in the wars, was rebuilt and completed in 1295. It was a plain massive structure of simple plan, and was again destroyed during the English succession Wars of the Roses. When it was restored by Bishop Redman the palace was not rebuilt and thus the bishops continued to be nonresident. At the end of the fifteenth century there was a great revival of church building, as is evidenced by the churches of that date still existing in the diocese.

The chief shrines in the diocese were St. Winefred's Well, St. Garmon in Yale (Welsh: Iâl), St. Dervel Gadarn in Edeirnion, St. Monacella at Pennant and the Holy Cross in Strata Marcella. All these were demolished at the Anglican Reformation. At that time the diocese contained one archdeaconry, sixteen deaneries and one hundred and twenty-one parishes. The bishop at this time had five episcopal residences, four of which were assumed by the Church of England bishop under Edward VI.

The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiastical Revenues of England and Wales (1835) found the see had an annual net income of £6,301. This made it the wealthiest diocese in Wales and the fourth richest in Britain after Canterbury, London and Winchester.[1]

Lists of archdeacons[edit]

Archdeacons of St Asaph[edit]

Archdeacons of Montgomery[edit]

The archdeaconry was created from that of St Asaph on 6 February 1844.[2]

Archdeacons of Wrexham[edit]

The archdeaconry was created from those of St Asaph and of Montgomery on 25 March 1890.[3]
Some archdeacons of Wrexham are recorded with the title Archdeacon of Wrexham and Ruthin.

Archdeaconries and deaneries[edit]

Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of St Asaph Archdeaconry of Montgomery Deanery of Cedewain 2 9 17,716 8,858 1,968 4.5
Deanery of Mathrafal 5 21 12,707 2,541 605 4.2
Deanery of Penedeyrn 1 6 7,786 7,786 1,298 6
Deanery of Pool 5 15 16,010 3,202 1,067 3
Deanery of Valle Crucis 3 11 11,078 3,693 1,007 3.67
Archdeaconry of St Asaph Deanery of Denbigh 3 14 18,794 6,265 1,342 4.67
Deanery of Dyffryn Clwyd 4 12 11,894 2,974 991 3
Deanery of Holywell 5 14 35,404 7,081 2,529 2.8
Deanery of Llanrwst and Rhos 10 26 74,181 7,418 2,853 2.6
Deanery of St Asaph 12 16 69,730 5,811 4,358 1.33
Archdeaconry of Wrexham Deanery of Alyn 6 12 44,250 7,375 3,688 2
Deanery of Dee Valley 5 18 38,741 7,748 2,152 3.6
Deanery of Hawarden 11 19 80,416 7,311 4,232 1.73
Deanery of Mold 4 11 24,178 6,045 2,198 2.75
Deanery of Wrexham 7 8 48,615 6,945 6,077 1.14
Total/average 83 212 511,500 6,163 2,413 2.65

List of churches[edit]

The diocese has expended a great deal of effort in recent years to reorganise its system of 14 deaneries and parishes into 20 Mission Areas,[5] each containing between six and nineteen churches and being ministered to by two to ten stipendiary clergy.

Alyn Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Alyn Mission Area (union of the parishes of Broughton, Brymbo, Bwlchgwyn, Gresford, Gwersyllt, Holt, Isycoed, Llay, Minera St Mary, Minera St Tydfil, Pentre Broughton, Rossett, Southsea)[6] All Saints, Gresford [1] [2] Medieval P. Gower
J. Hughes
J. Harris
W. Marshall
H. Butler
G. Bearwood
Broughton, Brymbo, Coedpoeth, Gresford, Gwersyllt, Holt, Isycoed, Llay, Minera, Rossett 44,250
St Paul, Pentre Broughton 1889
All Saints, Southsea 1884 (C19th)
St Mary, Brymbo 1871
Christ Church, Bwlchgwyn 1867
St Tydfil, Coedpoeth 1875 (1895)
Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt 1851
St Chad, Holt Medieval
St Paul, Isycoed 1718 (1829)
St Martin of Tours, Llay 1925
St Mary, Minera C17th (1866)
Christ Church, Rossett C17th (1892)

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Peter, Brynteg[7] Brynteg 1894 2006
St Paul, Berse Drelincourt[8] New Broughton 1742 pre-2010
St John, Brymbo[9] Brymbo 1837 (1891) 1974
St Alban, Tanyfron[10] Tanyfron 1896 2010
St Peter, Rhosrobin[11] Rhosrobin 1881 (1898)

Cedewain Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Cedewain Mission Area (union of the parishes of Aberhafesp, Betws Cedewain, Dolfor, Kerry, Llanllwchaiarn All Saints, Llanllwchaiarn St Llwchaiarn, Llanmerewig, Llanwyddelan, Mochdre, Tregynon)[12] St Gwynog, Aberhafesp Medieval N. Roberts
J. Wilkes
Aberhafesp, Bettws Cedewain, Dwyriw (Llanwyddelan area), Kerry, Llandyssil (Llanmerewig area), Mochdre (Mochdre area), Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn, Tregynon 17,716
St Llwchaiarn, Llanllwchaiarn [3] Medieval (1816)
All Saints, Newtown 1890
St Beuno, Bettws Cedewain Medieval
St Gwyddelan, Llanwyddelan Medieval (1865)
St Michael & All Angels, Kerry Medieval
St Llwchaiarn, Llanmerewig Medieval (1845)
All Saints, Mochdre Medieval (1867)
St Cynon, Tregynon Medieval

Closed churches in this area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary, Newtown[13] Newtown Medieval 1856
St David, Newtown[13] Newtown 1843 2006
St Paul, Dolfor[14] Dolfor C19th 2020

Dee Valley Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Maelor Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bangor Monachorum, Bettisfield, Bronington, Erbistock, Eyton, Hanmer, Marchwiel, Overton, Penley, Worthenbury)[15] St Dunawd, Bangor-on-Dee Medieval S. Huyton
C. Hughes
P. Mackriell
Bangor Is-y-Coed, Bronington, Erbistock, Hanmer, Maelor South, Marchwiel, Overton, Sesswick, Willington Worthenbury 8,865
Holy Trinity, Bronington 1836
St Hilary, Erbistock Medieval (1861)
St Deiniol, Eyton ??? (1930s)
St Chad, Hanmer Medieval (1892)
St John the Baptist, Bettisfield 1851 (1874)
St Mary Magdalene, Penley c. 1538 (1901)
SS Deiniol & Marcella, Marchwiel Medieval (1778)
St Mary the Virgin, Overton-on-Dee Medieval
St Deiniol, Worthenbury Medieval (1739)
Offa Mission Area (union of the parishes of Chirk, Froncysyllte, Penycae, Rhosllanerchrugog St David, Rhosllanerchrugog St Mary, Rhosymedre, Ruabon All Saints, Ruabon St Mary)[16] St John the Evangelist, Rhosymedre [4] 1837 M. Wilkinson
P. Bettinson
Cefn, Chirk, Llangollen Rural (Froncysyllte area), Penycae, Rhosllanerchrugog, Ruabon 29,876
St Mary, Chirk 11th Century[17]
St David, Froncysyllte 1871
St Thomas, Penycae 1878
St David, Rhosllanerchrugog 1893
St Mary, Johnstown 1929
St Mary, Ruabon [5] Ancient (Medieval)
All Saints, Pen-y-lan 1889

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
Halton Mission Church[18] Chirk 1878 pre-1998
St John the Evangelist, Rhosllanerchrugog[19] Rhosllanerchrugog 1853 2005
St Mary Magdalene, Tallarn Green Tallarn Green 1851 (1873) 2007

Denbigh Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Denbigh Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bodfari, Bylchau, Caerwys, Cefn, Denbigh St Marcella, Denbigh St Mary, Henllan, Llandyrnog St Cwyfan, Llandyrnog St Tyrnog, Llangwyfan, Llannefydd, Llanrhaeadr-Yng-Nghinmeirch, Nantglyn, Sinan, Trefnant, Tremeirchion)[20] St Stephen, Bodfari [6] Medieval (1865) V. Rowlands
R. Sparey-Taylor
M. Pritchard
Aberwheeler, Bodfari, Caerwys, Cefnmeiriadog, Denbigh, Henllan, Llandyrnog, Llannefydd, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, Llansannan (Bylchau area), Nantglyn, Trefnant, Tremeirchion 18,794
St Mary, Cefn Meiriadog 1864
All Saints, Sinan 1873
St Mary the Virgin, Denbigh 1875
St Marcella, Llanfarchell Medieval
St Sadwrn, Henllan Medieval (1806)
St Tyrnog, Llandyrnog Medieval
St Cwyfan, Llangwyfan Medieval
St Dyfnog, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch Medieval
St James, Nantglyn Medieval (1862)
Holy Trinity, Trefnant 1855
Corpus Christi, Tremeirchion Medieval
St Michael, Caerwys [7] Medieval
SS Nefydd & Mary, Llannefydd Ancient (Medieval)

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Thomas, Bylchau[21] Bylchau 1857 c. 2019
Leicester's Church, Denbigh Denbigh 1578-1584
St Hilary, Denbigh Denbigh Medieval 1874
St David, Denbigh[22] Denbigh 1838 (1895) C20th
St James, Prion[23] Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch 1859 2008

Dyffryn Clwyd Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area (union of the parishes of Clocaenog, Efenechtyd, Gyffylliog, Llanarmon Yn Ial, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanelidan, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanfwrog, Llangynhafal, Llanrhydd, Llanychan, Llanynys, Rhewl, Ruthin)[24] St Foddhyd, Clocaenog [8] Medieval R. Carter
J. Evans
H. Bryant
N. Quinn-Thomas
Clocaenog, Cyffylliog, Derwen, Efenechtyd, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanelidan, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llangynhafal, Llanynys, Ruthin 11,894
St Mary, Cyffylliog Medieval
St Michael, Efenechtyd Medieval
St Garmon, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl Medieval (1736)
St Peter, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd Medieval (1863)
St Meugan, Llanrhydd Ancient (Medieval)
SS Cynfarch & Mary, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Medieval
St Cynhafal, Llangynhafal Medieval
St Hychan, Llanychan Medieval
St Saeran, Llanynys Medieval
Minster of St Peter, Ruthin Medieval (C17th)
SS Mwrog & Mary, Llanfwrog Medieval

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary, Derwen Derwen Medieval 1999
St David, Eryrys Eryrys 1862 1980s
St Elidan, Llanelidan Llanelidan Medieval 2020
Rhewl Church[25] Rhewl

Hawarden Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Borderlands Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bistre All Saints, Bistre Emmanuel, Bistre St Cecilia, Broughton, Buckley Good Shepherd, Buckley St Matthew, Connah's Quay St David, Connah's Quay St Mark, Cymau, Ewloe, Hawarden, Hope, Llanfynydd, Mynydd Isa, Pentrobin, Penyffordd, Queensferry, Sandycroft, Sealand, Shotton)[26] St Cecilia, Mynydd Isa [9] 1892 N. Kelly
D. Evans
A. Jones
A. Pawley
M. Batchelor
S. Green
P. Powell
A. Mayes
G. Stanning
G. Erlandson
H. Dawson
Argoed (Mynydd Isa area), Broughton and Bretton, Buckley, Connah's Quay, Hawarden, Hope, Llanfynydd, Northop Hall, Penyffordd, Queensferry, Sealand, Shotton 80,416
St Mary, Broughton [10] 1824
Emmanuel, Buckley 1842
St Matthew, Buckley 1822
All Saints, Buckley pre-1892 (1892)
The Good Shepherd, Drury late C19th
St Mark, Connah's Quay 1837
St David, Connah's Quay 1915
St Deiniol, Hawarden Medieval (1859)
Holy Spirit, Ewloe [11] 1938
St Francis, Sandycroft 1875 (1913)
St Cynfarch, Hope [12] Medieval
St Michael & All Angels, Llanfynydd 1843
All Saints, Cymau 1870
Emmanuel, Penyffordd [13] ??? (1959)
St John the Baptist, Penmynydd [14] 1843
St Bartholomew, Sealand [15] 1867
St Andrew, Queensferry pre-1900
St Ethelwold, Shotton 1875 (1902)

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Michael & All Angels, Mancot Royal[27] Mancot
Holy Innocents, Queensferry[28] Queensferry 1887 (1889) 1960

Holywell Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Estuary and Mountain Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bagillt, Brynford, Caerfallwch, Flint SS Mary & David, Flint St Thomas, Gorsedd, Halkyn, Holywell Holy Trinity, Holywell St James, Holywell St Peter, Mostyn, Rhesycae, Rhosesmor, Whitford, Ysgeifiog)[29] St Peter, Holywell [16] ??? (2008) H. Burgess
B. Harvey
K. Evans
D. Cawdell
R. Bateman
Bagillt, Brynford, Flint, Halkyn, Holywell, Mostyn, Whitford, Ysceifiog 35,404
Holy Trinity, Greenfield 1871
SS Mary & Peter, Bagillt 1839
St Michael, Brynford 1853
SS Mary & David, Flint Medieval (1848)
St Thomas, Flint Mountain 1875
St Mary the Virgin, Halkyn Medieval (1878)
Christ Church, Rhes-y-cae 1847
St Paul, Rhosesmor 1876
St James the Apostle, Holywell Ancient (1769)
Christ Church, Mostyn 1845
SS Mary & Beuno, Whitford Ancient (Medieval)
St Paul, Gorsedd 1853
St Mary, Ysceifiog Medieval (1839)

Closed churches in this area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St David, Flint[30] Flint 1872 2011

Llanrwst and Rhos Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Aberconwy Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bryn Pydew, Craigydon, Deganwy, Eglwysrhos, Llanddoget, Llandudno Junction, Llangystenin, Llanrwst, Llansantffraid Glan Conwy, Penrhyn Bay)[31] All Saints, Deganwy [17] 1899 S. Hildreth
S. Erlandson
J. Fraser
E. Parry
B. Lines
Bro Garmon, Conwy (Deganwy, Marl & Pensarn EDs), Eglwysbach, Llanddoged and Maenan, Llandudno (Craig-y-Don & Penrhyn EDs), Llanrwst, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy 26,673
St Michael & All Angels, Llandudno Junction 1930
SS Eleri & Mary, Llanrhos Medieval
St Martin, Eglwysbach Medieval (1782)
St Paul, Craig-y-Don [18] 1895
St Cystennin, Llangystennin C15th (1843)
St David, Penrhyn Bay 1963
St Grwst, Llanrwst Ancient (Medieval)
St Ffraid, Llansantffraid Glan Conwy Medieval (1841)
Aled Mission Area (union of the parishes of Abergele, Betws-Yn-Rhos, Brynymaen, Colwyn, Colwyn Bay St David, Colwyn St Paul, Llanddulas, Llandrillo-Yn-Rhos St George, Llandrillo-Yn-Rhos St Trillo, Llanelian, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llangernyw, Llysfaen, Pensarn, St George)[32] St Michael, Abergele [19] [20] Medieval C. Owen
K. Johnson
G. Cooper
P. Barratt
J. Brown
Abergele, Betws yn Rhos, Colwyn Bay, Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-foel, Llanfair Talhaiarn, Llangernyw, Llansannan (Llansannan area), Llysfaen, Mochdre, Old Colwyn, Rhos-on-Sea 47,508
St David, Pensarn [21] 1880 (2011)
St George, St George Medieval (1893)
St Michael, Betws yn Rhos Medieval (1838)
St Elian, Llanelian Medieval
St David, Colwyn Bay 1903
St Paul, Colwyn Bay [22] 1872 (1888)
Christ Church, Bryn-y-Maen [23] 1899
St Cynfryd, Llanddulas Medieval (1869)
St Mary, Llanfair Talhaiarn Medieval (C17th)
St Digain, Llangernyw Medieval
St Sannan, Llansannan Medieval
St Cynfran, Llysfaen Ancient (Medieval)
SS Catherine & John the Baptist, Old Colwyn 1903
St George, Rhos-on-Sea 1913
St Trillo's Chapel, Rhos-on-Sea Ancient
St Trillo, Rhos-on-Sea Medieval

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St John, Trofarth Betws yn Rhos 1873 c. 2009
St Garmon, Capel Garmon Capel Garmon Medieval pre-2006
St Andrew, Colwyn Bay[33] Colwyn Bay 1908 2013
St Winifred, Gwytherin[34] Gwytherin Medieval (1867)
St John the Baptist, Pontygwyddel[35] Llanfair Talhaiarn 1882 1982
St Mary, Llanrwst Llanrwst 1841-1842 1980s
St Catherine, Old Colwyn Old Colwyn 1837 2013
St David, Llangernyw[36] Pandy Tudur 1866-1867
St Doged, Llandoged1 Llanddoget Medieval 2020
St Catherine, Bryn Pydew Bryn Pydew early C20th (1961) 2020

1Occasional services still held

Mathrafal Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Caereinion Mission Area (union of the parishes of Garthbeibio, Llanerfyl, Llanfair Caereinion, Llangadfan, Llangynyw, Llanllugan, Manafon, Meifod, Pont Dolanog, Pont Robert)[37] St Tydecho, Garthbeibio Medieval (1862) J. James Banwy, Dwyriw (Llanllugan area), Llanerfyl, Llanfair Caereinion, Llanfihangel (Dolanog area), Llangyniew, Manafon, Meifod (Meifod area) 5,025
St Cadfan, Llangadfan Medieval
St Mary, Llanllugan Medieval
St Erfyl, Llanerfyl Medieval (1870)
St Mary, Llanfair Caereinion Medieval (1868)
St John the Evangelist, Dolanog 1853
St Cynyw, Llangynyw Medieval
St John the Evangelist, Pontrobert 1853
St Michael & All Angels, Manafon Medieval
SS Tysilio & Mary, Meifod Medieval
Tanat-Vyrnwy Mission Area (union of the parishes of Brithdir, Bwlchycibau, Llanarmon Mynydd, Llanfechain, Llangadwaladr, Llangedwyn, Llangynog, Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant, Llansantffraid-Ym-Mechain, Llansilin, Llanwddyn, Llwydiarth, Pennant Melangell, Penybontfawr)[38] St Cedwyn, Llangedwyn Medieval N. Morris
R. Burton
H. Morris
S. Burton
Llanfechain, Llanfihangel (Llanfihangel area), Llanfyllin, Llangedwyn, Llangynog, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansantffraid, Llansilin, Llanwddyn, Meifod (Bwlchycibau area), Pen-y-bont-fawr 7,682
St Melangell, Pennant Melangell Medieval
St Dogfan, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant Medieval
St Silin, Llansilin Medieval
St Thomas, Penybontfawr 1855
St Garmon, Llanfechain Medieval
St Mary, Llwydiarth 1854
St Myllin, Llanfyllin Medieval (1710)
St Ffraid, Llansantffraid-ym-Mechan Medieval
St Wyddyn, Llanwddyn 1887
Christ Church, Bwlchycibau 1864

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Cynog, Llangynog[39] Llangynog Medieval (1792) c. 2018
St Mary, Brithdir[40] Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 1892 c. 2018
Rhiwlas Mission Church Llansilin c. 2018
St Garmon, Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr[41] Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr Medieval
St Illog, Hirnant[42] Pen-y-bont-fawr Medieval (1886)
St John the Baptist, Llanwddyn[43] Llanwddyn Medieval? 1880s
St Cadwaladr, Llangadwaladr Llangadwaladr Medieval 2020
St Michael, Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa Llanfihangel-yng-Nghwynfa Medieval (1864) 2020

Mold Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Mold Mission Area (union of the parishes of New Brighton, Cilcain, Gwernaffield, Llanferres, Mold, Nannerch, Nercwys, Northop SS Eurgain & Peter, Northop St Mary, Pontblyddyn, Rhyd-Y-Mwyn, and Treuddyn)[44] St James, New Brighton [24] 1893 D. Stroud
C. Poolman
K. Horswell
K. Stewart
Argoed (New Brighton area), Cilcain, Gwernaffield with Pantymwyn, Gwernymynydd, Leeswood and Pontblyddyn, Llanferres, Mold, Nannerch, Nercwys, Northop, Treuddyn 24,178
St Mary, Cilcain [25] Medieval
St John the Evangelist, Rhydymwyn 1864
Holy Trinity, Gwernaffield 1838 (1872)
Christ Church, Pontblyddyn 1836
St Mary, Mold Medieval (c. 1500)
St Michael & All Angels, Nannerch Medieval (1853)
St Mary, Nercwys Medieval
SS Eurgain & Peter, Northop [26] Medieval
St Mary, Treuddyn Medieval (1875)
St Berres, Llanferres Medieval

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St John the Evangelist, Mold[45] Mold 1879
St Mary, Northop Hall Northop Hall c. 1890 (1912) 2020

Penedeyrn Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Penedeyrn Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bala, Cerrigydrudion, Dinmael, Frongoch, Llandderfel, Llandrillo, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Llangar, Llangwm, Llawrybetws, Ysbyty Ifan)[46] Christ Church, Bala [27] [28] 1811 (1857) S. Roberts Bala, Betws Gwerfil Goch, Cerrigydrudion, Cynwyd, Llandderfel, Llandrillo, Llanfihangel Glen Myfyr, Llangwm, Llangywer, Llanuwchllyn, Llanycil, Pentrefoelas, Ysbyty Ifan 7,786
St Mary Magdalene, Cerrigydrudion Medieval
St Catherine, Maerdy 1878
St Derfel, Llandderfel Medieval
St Trillo, Llandrillo-yn-Edeyrn Medieval (1776)
St John the Evangelist, Cynwyd 1856

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary, Betws Gwerful Goch Betws Gwerfil Goch Medieval
St Mark, Frongoch[47] Frongoch 1858
St Michael, Llanfihangel Glen Myfyr Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr Medieval 20201
SS Mor & Deiniol, Llanfor[48] Llanfor Medieval 1992
All Saints, Llangar Llangar Medieval 1856
St Jerome, Llangwm Llangwm Medieval (1747)
St Cywair, Llangywer[49] Llangywer Medieval (1871) c. 2000
St Deiniol, Llanuwchllyn[50] Llanuwchllyn Medieval 2004
St Beuno, Llanycil[51] Llanycil Medieval c. 2000
St James, Llawrybetws[52] Llawrybetws 1861
Pentrefoelas Parish Church[53] Pentrefoelas C18th (1859)
Holy Trinity, Rhosygwaliau[49] Rhos-y-gwaliau 1880
St John, Ysbyty Ifan[54] Ysbyty Ifan Medieval (1861) 2016

1occasional services still held

Pool Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Pool Mission Area (union of the parishes of Berriew, Buttington, Castle Caereinion, Criggion, Forden, Fron, Guilsfield, Llandrinio, Llandysilio St Mary, Llandysilio St Tysilio, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Pantyffridd, Penrhos, Pool Quay, Welshpool)[55] St Aelhaiarn, Guilsfield [29] Medieval S. Willson
A. Johnson Smith
C. Rhodes
J. Thompson
T. Jones
Bausley with Criggion, Berriew, Castle Caereinion, Forden with Leighton and Trelystan, Guilsfield, Llandrinio, Llandysilio, Llandyssil (Llandyssil area), Montgomery, Trewern, Welshpool 16,010
St Beuno, Berriew Medieval
St John's Mission Church, Garthmyl C19th
Pantyffridd Mission Church 1858
All Saints, Buttington Medieval
St John the Evangelist, Pool Quay 1862
St Tysilio, Llandysilio Medieval (1867)
SS Trinio, Peter & Paul, Llandrinio Medieval
St Michael & All Angels, Criggion c. 1770
Holy Trinity, Penrhos pre-1627 (1845)
St Michael & All Angels, Forden Medieval (1867)
St Tysul, Llandyssil Medieval (1866)
St Nicholas, Montgomery Medieval
St Garmon, Castle Caereinion Medieval (1865)
St Mary, Welshpool Medieval

Closed churches in this area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
Christ Church, Welshpool Welshpool 1839 1998
Trewern Mission Church[56] Trewern C19th
Belan Mission Church[57] nr. Welshpool 1840 2020

St Asaph Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Aber-Morfa Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bodelwyddan, Rhuddlan, Rhyl Holy Trinity, Rhyl St Ann, Rhyl St Thomas, Towyn)[58] St Margaret, Bodelwyddan 1860 G. Mansfield
J. Coxall
C. Spencer
J. Crane
C. Lawton
Bodelwyddan, Kinmel Bay and Towyn, Rhuddlan, Rhyl 39,465
St Mary, Rhuddlan [30] Medieval
Holy Trinity, Rhyl [31] 1835
St Thomas, Rhyl 1867
St Ann, Rhyl 1894
St Mary, Towyn [32] 1873
Bryn A Mor Mission Area [33] (union of the parishes of Cwm, Dyserth St Bridget, Dyserth SS Mael & Sulien, Dyserth St Michael, Ffynnongroyw, Gronant, Gwaenysgor, Llanasa, Meliden St Mary Magdalene, Meliden St Melyd, Newmarket, Prestatyn Christ Church, Prestatyn Holy Spirit, Trelawnyd)[59] SS Bridget & Cwyfan, Lower Dyserth [34] Medieval D. Lewis
D. Ash
J. Harvey
T. Lipscomb
G. Lachlann-Waddell
Cwm, Dyserth, Llanasa, Prestatyn, Trelawnyd and Gwaenysgor 26,669
St Michael & All Angels, Trelawnyd Medieval (1724)
SS Asaph & Cyndeyrn, Llanasa Medieval
All Saints, Ffynnongroew 1881
St Mary Magdalene, Gwaenysgor Medieval
St Melyd, Meliden [35] Medieval
Christ Church, Prestatyn [36] 1863
Holy Spirit, Prestatyn 1968
St Asaph[60] Cathedral of SS Asaph & Cyndeyrn, St Asaph [37] Ancient (Medieval) N. Williams
S. Harper
St Asaph, Waen 3,596
SS Asaph & Cyndeyrn, St Asaph [38] Medieval (1872)

Closed churches in this area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
SS Mael & Sulien, Cwm[61] Cwm Medieval (c. 1500)
St John, Rhyl[62] Rhyl 1885 1997

Valle Crucis Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Valle Crucis Mission Area (union of the parishes of Bryneglwys, Corwen St Ffraid, Corwen SS Mael & Sulien, Glyndyfrdwy, Gwyddelwern, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llandegla, Llangollen St Collen, Llangollen St John, Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llansantffraid Glyn Dyfrdwy, Llantysilio, Pontfadog, Trevor)[63] St Collen’s, Llangollen [39] Medieval L. Taylor
P. Carey
H. Gheorghiu Gould
Bryneglwys, Ceiriog Ucha, Corwen, Glyntraian, Gwyddelwern, Llandegla, Llangollen, Llangollen Rural (Trevor area), Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog, Llantysilio 11,078
St John, Llangollen 1858
St Tysilio, Llantysilio Medieval
Trevor Parish Church 1772
SS Mael & Sulien, Corwen Medieval
St Ffraid, Llansantffraid Glyn Dyfrdwy Medieval (1611)
St Thomas, Glyndyfrdwy 1859
St Tysilio, Bryneglwys ?
St Tecla, Llandegla ? (1866)
St Garmon, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog Medieval (1845)
St John the Baptist, Pontfadog 1847

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary, Eglwyseg[64] Eglwyseg 1870 1985
St James, Glan-yr-afon[65] Glan-yr-afon 1864
St Ffraid, Glyn Ceiriog[66] Glyn Ceiriog Medieval (1790)
St Beuno, Gwyddelwern[67] Gwyddelwern Medieval

Wrexham Deanery[edit]

Parish Church Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Wrexham (union of the parishes of Bersham, Esclusham, Rhosddu, Wrexham All Saints, Wrexham St Giles, Wrexham St James, Wrexham St John, Wrexham St Margaret, Wrexham St Mark)[68] St Mary, Bersham [40] [41] 1873 S. Errington
J. Bray
J. Smith
D. Parry Jones
R. Kitchen
L. Bristowe
A. Kitchen
Abenbury, Esclusham, Wrexham Acton, Wrexham Caia Park, Wrexham Offa, Wrexham Rhosddu 48,615
Holy Trinity, Esclusham [42] 1877
St John, Rhosnesni [43] 1894 (1974)
St Mark, Caia Park [44] 1961
St Giles, Wrexham [45] Medieval
All Saints, Wrexham [46] 1912
St James, Rhosddu [47] 1875
St Margaret, Garden Village [48] 1928

Closed churches in the area[edit]

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Peter, Wrexham[69] Wrexham Caia Park 1910 C20th
St Mark, Wrexham[70] Wrexham Offa 1858 1956
St John the Baptist, Wrexham[71] Wrexham Offa 1909 1998
St David, Wrexham Wrexham Rhosddu 1890

See also[edit]

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  42. ^ "St Illog's Church, Hirnant (408477)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
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Coordinates: 53°15′26″N 3°26′31″W / 53.2572°N 3.4419°W / 53.2572; -3.4419