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Flintshire Record Office
Nonconformist records, Flintshire

Reference code(s): GB 0208 N

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Nonconformist Records

Short Title: Nonconformist records, Flintshire

Creation date(s): 1800-2008 (accumulated 1969-present)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2184 items

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history: Within the county of Flintshire, a number of nonconformist denominations existed from the 17th century onwards. These groups included Calvinistic Methodists, Wesleyan Methodists, Independents, the United Reformed Church, Congregationalists, Baptists, Presbyterians and Primitive Methodists. The early Nonconformist registers are mainly records of baptisms, since many dissenters used the Church of England for the registration of marriages and deaths. From 1837, the state took control of the process of registering births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales for all religious denominations, and Nonconformist registers were recorded with the Registrar General.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Nonconformist churches in Flintshire, 1800-2008, including registers, 1807-2001, of Calvinistic Methodists, 1818-1983; Wesleyan Methodists, 1840-1989; Independents, 1834-1891; United Reformed Church, 1921-1937; Congregationalists, 1861-1957; Baptists, 1807-1837; Presbyterians, 1966-2001; accounts, correspondence, trustees' and meeting minutes and other records relating to nonconformist churches, including pew-rent books, Sunday school records, annual reports, newsletters, and photographs, 1843-2001; deeds and related records, 1850-1995; and books, 1815-1956.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into deposits relating to individual nonconformist churches, chapels and / or circuits, of various denominations.

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

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained except Subfonds N/24 (permanently withdrawn).

Accruals: Accruals are expected

Archival history: Before 1974, the records were deposited in the Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden, and remained when it became the Hawarden branch office of the Clwyd Record Office. Following the 1996 local government reorganisation, the records have been held by the Flintshire Record Office.

Immediate source of acquisition: Various


Related material: Microfilms or photocopies of further registers of nonconformist churches in Flintshire and Denbighshire are Flintshire Record Office MF and NT. See also P (Parish Records).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and extensively amended by Elizabeth Pettitt and Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Schedules of nonconformist records; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: 25/04/2012

Catholic Church | Wales | Flintshire
Church management | Wales | Flintshire
Church records and registers | Wales | Flint
Dissenters, Religious | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names

Corporate names
Baptist Union of Wales
Methodist Church in Wales
Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church

Clwyd (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales)

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