ROMAN CATHOLIC RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Holywell Roman Catholic records, 1730-1936, including registers of baptisms, confirmations, and visits to the sick, 1730-1936; Mold Roman Catholic records: register of baptisms, 1859-95; St Clare's RC Children's Home records, 1860s-2006.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roman Catholicism in England and Wales was a small, persecuted minority between the 16th-18th centuries. Most Catholics had Anglican burials, and private baptism and marriage services, and few Catholic registers begin before the mid 18th century. There were several Roman Catholic chapels in Holywell, Flintshire, during the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Old Star Chapel and the Cross Keys Chapel. Following the Catholic Emancipation Act 1829, Catholics were allowed to worship as they pleased and many more churches were built. The area fell within the Catholic Diocese of Wrexham.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: Registers; and miscellaneous

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Kathryn Byrne, Honorary Archivist, Bishop's House, Wrexham, 2003 and Fr Webb, St David's RC Church, Mold, Flintshire.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and amended by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Roman Catholic records catalogue; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and amended by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Roman Catholic records catalogue; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997).

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained

Accruals

Accruals are possible

Geographical Names