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Derwen is a rural village, community and ecclesiastical parish in the upper part of Dyffryn Clwyd in Denbighshire, Wales.

Before 1974 the village was in the historic county of Denbighshire and, between 1874 and 1996 in the County of Clwyd. In 1996 it became part of the modern county of Denbighshire.



"DERWYN or DERWEN-YNIAL, a parish in the hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh, 7 miles (S.W. by S.) from Ruthin, containing 522 inhabitants. The village is situated near the source of the river Clwyd and abounds with springs of excellent water. ... About a mile from the village is a quarry of stone, which is soft and of peculiarly fine grain, and is much esteemed for sharpening the finest instruments, being found nowhere else in this country: great quantities are sent to London, and some of it has been exported to America. ... The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a small but interesting edifice, in the decorated style of English architecture, containing much beaurtifel screen-work, and ornamented with an elegant east window. ... There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833, Samuel Lewis]

"DERWEN, two townships and a parish in Ruthin district, Denbigh. The townships are Derwen-Dyfanedd and Derwen-Ysgeifiog..." [Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72 John Marius Wilson]

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


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Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 104272.

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