Gresford, Wrexham, Wales Genealogy

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Gresford (Welsh: Gresffordd) is a village, community and ecclesiastical parish in the County Borough of Wrexham, Wales Genealogy, Wales to the north of the town of Wrexham, Wales Genealogy.

History[edit | edit source]

The area was settled by Anglo-Saxons of Mercia in the 7th and 8th centuries and the settlement is referred to as "Gretford" in the Domesday Book. It was previously assumed that the name was derived from "Groesffordd" (Welsh for Crossroad) but is now believe that that Welsh name is simply a corruption of the English word.

The large parish church of All Saints' Church and is believed to date back to 1492 and is famous for its bells. It was built of Millstone Grit, a sandy brown coloured stone, known locally as "Cefn Stone".

Until the early 19th century, the parish of Gresford covered a large area, and included the chapelries of Holt and Isycoed, and the detached township of Erddig to the south of Wrexham. It also included the township of Marford & Hoseley, an exclave of Flintshire.

As the population in the area increased, the parish was subdivided:

  • In June 1840, the townships of Allington, Burton, Marford and Hoseley became the newly formed parish of Rossett.
  • In November 1851, the township of Gwersyllt became the new parish of Gwersyllt.

Before the Industrial Revolution the parish of Gresford had been agricultural in nature.

For more information see Gresford, Denbighshire at

Gresford Parish
County bef 1974 add here
County 1 Apr 1974-31 Mar 1996 add here
County 1 Apr 1996 - add here
Civ Reg District Wrexham (1881)
Reg Sub-district Holt (1881)
Probate Court add here
Diocese add here
Rural Deanery add here
Chapelry add here
Poor Law Union Wrexham
Hundred Bromfield
Province add here
Hamlets add here

Administration[edit | edit source]

Years County
before 31 March 1974 Denbighshire & Flintshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Clwyd
from 1 April 1996 Wrexham

History[edit | edit source]

Records[edit | edit source]

Civil Records[edit | edit source]

Births, marriages and deaths in Gresford are recorded in the GRO indexes as:

Years Sub-district District Volumes
1 Jul 1837 - 1871 Hope Wrexham XXVII (1837-51)
11b (1852-1871)
1871 - 1974 Holt Wrexham 11b (1871-1946)
8A (1946-1974)

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The following Gresford Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office in Ruthin:

Baptisms 1661 - 1976
Marriages 1672 - 1988
Burials 1661 - 1979

Nonconformist Church Records[edit | edit source]

The following chapel records from Gresford are available on the IGI:

Chapel Years Batch Number

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

The parish of Gresford formed part of the Hope and, later, the Holt sub-district of the Wrexham Registrar's District.

Year Parts
1841 missing
1851 HO107/2502 folios 141-265
HO107/2503 folios 379-424
1861 RG9/4277 folios 1-38 & 83-126
RG9/4284 folios 30-39
RG9/4285 folios 41-60
RG9/4288 folios 32-33 & 91
1871 RG10/5651 folios 63-120
RG10/5654 folios 96-end
RG10/5655 folios 14 & 29-38
RG10/5656 folios 113-133
RG10/5658 folios 109-111 & 125-127
1881 RG11/5511 folios 35-97
RG11/5515 folios 9-25
RG11/5517 folios 104-end
RG11/5518 folios 51 & 67-69 & 75-76 & 95-109
1891 RG12/4611 folios 119-171a
RG12/4614 folios 1-3 & 7-23
RG12/4617 folios 74-77 & 95-106
RG12/4619 folios 96-98 & 117-118
1901 RG13/

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Union Records[edit | edit source]

The parish of Gresford was part of the Wrexham Union, which was created on 30 March 1837.

A workhouse was built at Croesnewydd in Bersham.

The records of the Wrexham Union are now held at Denbighshire Record Office in Ruthin.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]