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Minera Parish Church
Minera (Welsh: Mwynglawdd) is a village, ecclesiastical parish and community in the County Borough of Wrexham, Wales.



The village of Minera takes its name from the Low Latin word for a "mine" and is believed to date back to the mid 12th century. The area was rich in mineral deposits, particularly lead, but coal and lime were also extracted.

A "chapel of ease", within Wrexham parish is believed to have existed in Minera as early as 1577.

The parish of Minera was created in 1844 from the Wrexham townships of Minera and Esclusham Above. In 1865, the part of the township of Bersham which lay to the west of Offa's Dyke, was added to Minera parish. However, in 1879, a large part of the township of Esclusham Above was transferred from Minera to the new parish of Esclusham.

The present church of St. Mary's was built in 1865 and opened in 1866. Later a chapel of ease, St. Tudfyl's, was opened at Coedpoeth within Minera parish.

Today Minera is the start of the Clywedog Trail which runs through the industrial heritage sites along the valley of the Afon Clywedog, through Bersham and Felin Puleston, to King's Mills.


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


Civil Records

Births, marriages and deaths in Minera are recorded in the GRO indexes as:

Years Sub-district District Volumes
1 Jul 1837 - 1974 Wrexham Wrexham XXVII (1837-51)
11b (1852-1946)
8A (1946-74)

Church Records

The following Minera Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Records Office in Ruthin:

Baptisms 1786 - 1894
Marriages: 1845 - 1927
Burials 1847 - 1915

Nonconformist Church Records


Census Records

Minera formed part of the Wrexham Registrar's District.

Year Parts
1841 missing
1851 HO107/2503 folios 716-745
1861 RG9/4286 folios 73-87
1871 RG10/5655 folios 76-112
1881 RG11/5517 folios 66-103
1891 RG12/4616 folios 65-98
1901 RG13/

Poor Law Union Records

The Wrexham Union was created on 30 March 1837 and the parish of Minera formed part of this. A workhouse was built at Croesnewydd in Wrexham. The records of the Wrexham Union are now held at Denbighshire Record Office in Ruthin.


  • St Mary's Church, Minera

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