Southsea, Wrexham

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Southsea (Welsh: Glan yr Afon) is a village and ecclesiastical parish in the county borough of Wrexham in Wales. Southsea forms part of the community of Broughton. The village took its English name from the former South Sea Inn in Broughton, during the 18th century. According to historian Alfred Neobard Palmer, the name Southsea is "an absurd name which should never have been adopted, especially as there was an appropriate name ready to hand in 'Glan yr Afon'."


The ecclesiastical parish of Southsea was created in 1921, and was formed from part of the ancient parish of Wrexham, together with parts of the parishes of Broughton and Brymbo.

The present church of All Saints was converted from the former church hall, which was consecrated for use as a church on 15 April 1984. There were two earlier churches dating from 1884 and 1926.

A further chapel of ease was opened within the parish of Southsea, at Tanyfron in 1897.


Years County
pre 1536 Powys Fadog
1536 - 31 March 1974 Denbighshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Clwyd
from 1 April 1996 Wrexham

Census Records

The parish of Wrexham, and later the parish of Southsea, formed part of the Wrexham Registrar's District.

Year Parts
1841 missing
1851 HO107/
1861 RG9/
1871 RG10/
1881 RG11/
1891 RG12/

Church Records


Nonconformist Church Records


Civil Records

Births, marriages and deaths in Southsea 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)

Poor Law Union

The Wrexham Union was created on 30 March 1837 and Southsea 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.



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