"Hawarden (pronounced Harden), a small town, consisting of little more than one street, half-a-mile in length, pleasantly situated on an eminence. It is of great antiquity, and the remains of fortified posts around it serve to remind that it has been the scene of conflict, and bravely defended against hostile attack. Its early British name was "Pen-y-Llwch" .... i.e. the head of the swamp or lake; which accords with the tradition that the adjacent low land was formerly under water. In the record of the Norman survey, the name is written "Haordin"." [From Black's Picturesque Guide to North Wales ,1879]

Hawarden is one of the "ancient parishes" of Flintshire. It originally comprised the sixteen townships of Aston, Bannel, Bretton, Broughton, Ewloe Town, Ewloe Wood, Hawarden, Mancot, Manor, Moor, Pentrobin, Rake, Saltney, Sealand and Shotton.
On 12 December 1874, the new parish of Buckley was created, from the township of Ewloe Wood and parts of the townships of Ewloe Town and Pentrobin.
On 30 May 1921, the new parish of Shotton was created, from parts of the townships of Shotton, Aston, Sealand and Saltney.

The parish of Hawarden was traditionally a "peculiar" i.e. the rector was exempt from the jurisdiction of any bishop - he held his own ecclesiastical courts, proved wills, and granted marriage licences. Confirmations were performed by invited bishops. Peculiars were abolished in 1849, and on the 30th of July 1849 the peculiar of Hawarden was attached to the diocese of St. Asaph. However, the Rector of Hawarden continued to prove wills until 1858, and he is still permitted to grant marriage licences to this day.



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In addition to the churchyard of the parish church of St. Deiniol (now closed to further burials) there are two public cemeteries in Cross Tree Lane.
No. 1 Cemetery (OS ref. SJ 316661) was opened in 1912, and No. 2 Cemetery (OS ref. SJ 317661) was opened in 1965.
Both cemeteries are still in use, and are administered by Flintshire County Council. The opening time for each cemetery is 8.00 a.m. until sunset. There is a full time Sexton in attendance.
The cemetery records, from 1912 to date, are held at the Flintshire County offices in Flint.
Researchers who wish to see the cemetery records must make a prior appointment, by contacting :

  • Flintshire County Council,
    Housing and Community Services,
    Cemeteries Section,
    County Offices,
    CH6 5BD.

    Tel: 01352 703360
    Fax: 01352 703373


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Hawarden, St Deiniols Church

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 315659
The church, which is dedicated to St. Deiniol, has a history of at least 1000 years - the list of known Rectors dates back to 1180.
Considerable damage was caused by a fire, started deliberately, on the night of the 29th of October 1857. Fortunately, however :

"The Church Registers which were in a safe under the gallery when the fire took place were rescued by a young parishioner named Richard Hammond, who entered the burning building by breaking through a window."
[From "The Parish of Hawarden", W. Bell Jones, 1945 (unpublished)]

After rebuilding, the church was re-opened on the 14th of July 1859.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

St Deiniol's Church - on wikipedia

RCAHMW colour transparency of an interior view of a stained glass window depicting the nativity, designed by Edward Burne-Jones, at Hawarden Church on the People's Collection Wales site

The modern parish of Hawarden is administered as a "Rectorial Benefice", consisting of the parish church of Hawarden and the five district churches :

Because of increasing industrialisation, and the consequent rise in population, two former districts of Hawarden parish (Buckley and Shotton) eventually became parishes in their own right.

Researchers should note that parishioners have always had the option to be baptised, married or buried in any church of the parish of Hawarden, subject to the consent of the incumbent.
A thorough search of all the registers is therefore advisable!

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 Hawarden :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
Ewloe GreenEnglish Presbyterian200
MancottEnglish Presbyterian100
HawardenMethodist New Connexion230
PenymynyddMethodist New Connexion275
BroughtonPrimitive Methodist60
EwloePrimitive Methodist220

Church Records

  • The following nonconformist registers for the Hawarden 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 ChapelDenominationType of RecordYears CoveredHeld at
Not named, Ewloe GreenCalvinistic MethodistMarriages1960 - 1991NLW
"Circuit"MethodistBaptisms1902 - 1989FRO
Not named, BroughtonPrimitive Methodist / MethodistBaptisms1902 - 1989FRO
Not named, EwloePrimitive Methodist / MethodistBaptisms1902 - 1989FRO
Not named, HawardenMethodist New Connexion / MethodistMarriages1927 - 1986FRO
Zion, QueensferryMethodistBaptisms1949 - 1984FRO
Queensferry ("Circuit")MethodistBaptisms1911 - 1960FRO
Not named, SandycroftEnglish PresbyterianMarriages1965 - 1969
1971 - 1983
  • Note - many of the Methodist chapels were grouped into "Circuits", with one set of registers serving the Circuit; and it may not always be possible to identify the particular chapel in which the ceremony was performed.
    Over the years, there have been several re-organisations of these Circuits in the eastern part of Flintshire. It is therefore advisable to also search the Methodist registers for the Buckley and Connah's Quay areas.

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced in July 1837, the parish of Hawarden was assigned to the No. 4 ("Hawarden") sub-district of the Great Boughton Registration District (Cheshire).

In 1853, the poor law Union of Hawarden was created, and the parish of Hawarden became part of that Union - but for purposes of civil registration, it remained in the Hawarden sub-district of Great Boughton registration district.

On the 1st January 1870, the Great Boughton registration district was re-structured, and re-named as "Chester".

On 1 January 1903, the sub-district of Hawarden was upgraded to a Registration District in its own right.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Hawarden are found under:

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Gt. Boughton XIX. nnn
  • Years 1852 - 1869: Gt. Boughton 8a. nnn
  • Years 1870 - 1902: Chester 8a. nnn
  • Years 1903 - 1946: Hawarden 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)


Description & Travel

Hawarden - on wikipedia

Hawarden Castle - on castle wales

Hawarden Castle and Park, in Flintshire, five miles from the city on the People's Collection Wales site

Various landscapes on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Hawarden which are provided by:



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



Various items on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Order at Hawarden Castle on the taxation of the Clergy, 7 October 1646 (folio 57) 
  • The laying of the foundation stone of St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, by the Duke of Westminster, 5 October 1899  
  • Photograph of Edward VII at St. Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, 13 May 1908
  • Photograph of the 'Tin Tabernacle', original repository of Gladstone's Library at Hawarden, Flintshire, 1890s
  • Postcard of St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, early 20th C.
  • Copy of letter from W. E. Gladstone to Gilbert C. Joyce, regarding the first warden of St Deiniol's Library in Hawarden, 16 October 1896


"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

Hawarden, Flintshire [plan] on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ327673 (Lat/Lon: 53.198107, -3.009267), Hawarden which are provided by:





  • In 1831- the population was 5414.
  • In 1901- the population was 7949.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


The "ancient" parish of Hawarden was approximately 17,300 acres in extent.