Scope and Content

Records of Hawarden parish, 1586-1995, including registers, 1586-1994; draft registers, 1719-1764; service registers, 1924-1995; marriage licences, 1920-1941; terrier, 1665; income records, 1759-1974; rectory records, 1953-1955; peculiar records, 1636-1957; glebe records, 1935-1978; churchwarden's records, 1656-1979; parochial church council records, 1920-1991; records of church affairs, c. 1857-1979; records of charities, 1725-1977; vestry minutes, 1654-1961; overseer's records, 1737-1864; surveyors of the highway's records, 1819-1875; school records, 1950-1985; records of parish affairs, c. 1821-1994; records of daughter churches, 1824-1995; paintings, plaques and photographs, 1734-1938; and miscellaneous, 1752-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

The county of Flintshire falls within the Diocese of St Asaph and consists of over fifty ecclesiastical parishes, including Hawarden. The records of individual ecclesiastical parishes in Flintshire include registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as records of the churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils, parish charities, schools, clubs and societies. Parish records were deposited at the Clwyd Record Office, following an agreement of 1976 between the Church in Wales and the Welsh County Councils. The parish of Hawarden was originally a 'peculiar', where 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 30th July 1849 the peculiar of Hawarden was attached to the diocese of St Asaph. The modern parish of Hawarden is administered as a Rectorial Benefice, consisting of the parish church of Hawarden and six district churches at Broughton, Ewloe, Pentrobin, Sandycroft, Sealand and Shotton.


Arranged into fourteen groups, by deposit. Records of: Group One, incumbent, peculiar, churchwarden, vestry, overseers, surveyor, charities, and miscellaneous; Groups Two and Three, incumbent; Group Four, incumbent, peculiar, churchwarden, Parochial Church Council, church affairs, charities, daughter churches, overseers, parish constable, civil charities, schools, parish affairs, and miscellaneous; Group Five, incumbent, church affairs, parish affairs and miscellaneous; Group Six, incumbent, churchwardens, Parochial Church Council, church affairs, charities-ecclesiastical, and schools; Group Seven, incumbent, churchwarden, parish affairs, and miscellaneous; Group Eight, Parish Church Councils, Parochial Church Council, church affairs, daughter churches and schools; Group Nine, church affairs; Group Ten, churchwarden, overseers, and surveyors of the highway; Group Eleven, churchwarden, vestry, overseers, and surveyors of the highway; Group Twelve, churchwarden's accounts, overseers and miscellaneous; Group Thirteen, St Francis, Sandycroft; and Group Fourteen, Miscellaneous.

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Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.

Alternative Form Available

Microfilm copies of the parish registers are available at Flintshire Record Office, Denbighshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales. Registers are also available to search online.

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Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.


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Related Material

Material relating to the district churches of Hawarden parish are Flintshire Record Office, P/9, P/18, P/48, P/60, P/61.

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