Before 1884 Church attendants were members of Offa Wesleyan Church, Adwy which was private property. A disagreement took place regarding the appointment of a Sunday School superintendent. Attempts to solve the problem proved unsuccessful and in Sept 1883 the owner “ Took matters into his own hands “ and locked the door of the Sunday school; no one could enter. Mr Lester of Adwy invited some members to meet at his home and Mrs C Griffiths of Lloftwen invited others to her house. The Sunday school survived by various members taking scholars to their own homes. Mr Lester offered to build a room over his coach house at Bron Offa to use as a meeting place for the time being - this opened in March 1884. Professor T Lewis of Bangor College opened a Congregational Church on June 27 1884 in this place and the church soon prospered with many more members added to the Church Rolls. In August 1889 the Church was able to secure the services of Rev E Garmon Roberts as a joint pastor until he left the area after two years. In April 1891 Rev J Banner Griffiths was ordained minister and it was under his pastorate that efforts were made to build a new church and an appeal raised £300. In January 1893 Rev Griffiths left and three months later Rev Edgar Moses became pastor. The church was still at Bron Offa until 1896 when again it was ` locked out `. To enable to keep the church together, a room over Mr Gibbons shop was rented for 2/6 a week. Services were held there for six months until the church then moved to Coedpoeth Infants School. Eventually a suitable plot of land was found and purchased from Mr & Mrs Smith, Smithy Rd for £20.0.0 A new church was built for £345.0.0 by Harrison & Griffiths and was opened on December 14 1897. A vestry was added later at a cost of £119.0.0 In the same year the name of the Church was changed from the Congregational Church, Adwy to Bethlehem Congregational Church, Penygelli. A wall and fencing were built for sum of £45.0.0 and on Monday Sept 20 th 1897 memorial stones were laid on the front walls. Mr Joseph Wilcoxon presided over the ceremony. Mr Samuel Moss laid the first stone with a silver trowel, which was suitably inscribed for the occasion.

Stones were laid by: Mr Samuel Moss, Chester Mrs M Vaughan Griffith, Coedpoeth Miss Bronwen E Roberts, Gobowen Rev. Robert Roberts, Rhos Trustees of the Church in 1897 were; Frank Allmand Mr Thomas Bryan Rev Edmund M Edmunds R A Hawkins Samuel Jones Samuel Powell Isaac Roberts P Roberts Samuel Roberts T E Thomas H Thomas Samuel Vernon Joseph Wilcoxon W Jonah Williams Miller of Wrexham Miner of Coedpoeth Minister of Ruabon Gentleman of Wrexham Miner of Talwrn Miner of Adwy Grocer of Coedpoeth Minister of Rhos Miner of Adwy Minister of Adwy Clothier of Wrexham Miner of Adwy Postmaster of Coedpoeth Grocer of Wrexham

In 1907 the Church joined with others at Brymbo and Moss and in 1910 the Rev Gwilym Thomas commenced ministry of the three Churches. During 1907 arrangements were made to obtain seating from Hill St Church, Wrexham that was closing. Gifts of furniture were made by members; Mr J Powell. A new pulpit

Mr E Thomas Mr R W Powell Mrs M A Jones Mr S Powell Jnr.

A communion table A chair for the ministers use at communion Cushions for the pulpit seat A table and desk for the vestry

Before 1910 coal stoves and five parrafin lamps heated the church, it was then decided to install gas heating and lighting. The lamps were sold for 7/6 and members of the church were given priority if they wished to buy them In 1914 individual communion cups were provided by contributions from members. In 1916 the church lost one of its members, Mr Arthur Abram due to a fatal accident, he had been precentor for a number of years. The church was re-decorated in 1919 and in 1923 Bethlehem was registered for marriages. Rev. J L Woodhouse officiated at the first marriage ceremony between Mr E D Peters and Miss Rosina Roberts on June 6 th 1927 when the couple were presented with a bible. Between 1926 and 1938 there were many changes as ministers left the area and new ones took their places. During the later war years some members joined the forces and were presented with a Bible. In case of emergencies a stirrup pump was purchased and a warden kept a spare key. An unexploded bomb was found and diffused in the field opposite the church by Mr Harold Abram

After the war more change took place with the appointments of new deacons and alterations to the building itself, with new heating being installed and re-decoration taking place. Between 1978 and 1983 the church lost valuable members with the deaths of two deacons and the treasurer. In 1984 the church celebrated the centenary of its beginnings in 1884 by the founder members who were ;

William Lester Charles. James Gibbons Samuel Powell Alice Roden Anne Jones Edward Roden Ada L Jones M A Lester Wm Percy Jones Maggie Roberts Ann J Pickering

Samuel Roberts Sarah Vernon Albert William Ashford James Vernon Letitia Jones Mary Anne Jones Samuel Pickering Annie Jones Anne Powell William Davies Harriet Gittins

NAME DATE Edward Samuel John Edward Ellis John Henry Ann Samuel 1885

FATHER William Hughes Pryce Williams Pryce Williams Edward Gittins Th Prydderch Saml. Powell

MOTHER Elizabeth Mary Mary Harriet Elizabeth Ann Miner Collier Collier Collier Carrier




BAPT Aug 10 1884 Aug 10 1884 Aug 10 1884 Nov 16 1884 Apr 12 1885 May 31

Sept 25 1883 Aug 29 1882 Mar 14 1884 Sept 27 1884 Feb 25 1885 Collier Apr 14 1885

Penygelli Adwyr Clawdd Adwyr Clawdd Penygelli Adwyr Clawdd

Adwyr Clawdd

William William Henry Charlotte Beatrice Martha Jane Sarah Elizabeth John William

Geo Anderson Wm Hughes Chas A Gibbons Pryce Williams James Vernon John Meades

Jane Elizabeth Mary Ellen Mary Sarah Sarah Eliz.

Plumber Miner Accountant Collier Collier Carpenter Accountant Plumber Ann Collier Quarryman Plumber Collier Miner

Sep 17 1884 Apr 17 1885 Sep 20 1885 Feb 14 1886 Feb 14 1886 Aug 4 1887 Sep 1 1887 Sep 3 1887 Nov 6 1887 Feb 6 1888 May 12 1889 Feb 26 1890 Apr 7 1890 Apr 25 1890 Apr 25 1891 Feb 26 1890 Mar 22 1891

Vron Panygelli Plas Maelor Adwyr Clawdd Talwrn Adwyr Clawdd Plas Maelor Vron Colliery

July 12 1885 July 12 1885 Nov 29 1885 Apr 18 1886 Apr 18 1886 Jul 11 1886 Oct 23 1887 Jan 15 1888 Jan 15

Penelope Kate Gwendoline Chas J Gibbons Mary Ellen George Albert Samuel 1888 Arthur Ernest James Sarah Ann Margretta Ernest Edward May Sarah Ann Eliza Ann George Anderson Saml Powell Saml. Roden Geo. Anderson Jos. Williams Wm. Hughes ( Unmarried) Chas Walker Joseph Williams John Pritchard Jane

Adwyr Clawdd Nant Bersham Vron Colliery Adwyr Clawdd Penygelli Awyr Clawdd Nant Adwyr Clawdd Coedpoeth

Elizabeth Jane Mary Eliz. Elizabeth

Apr 22 1888 Aug 4 1889 Jun 18 1890 Jul 6 1890 Jun 1 1891 June 30 1891 Jun 15 1890 Oct 29 1891

Sarah Strange Dressmaker Jane Walker J Williams Mary Ann Leadwasher Collier Collier

Robert Ann Ginor Arnold Sidney Albert Iorweth Ernest Bertie Emlyn Ada Leticia Beatrice Maud Samuel 1901 Robert Samuel Charles Agnes Maud Rosina

Robert Johnson Thomas Bryan Willm. Davies Chas. Walker Saml. Vance Edw Griffiths Edward Roberts Thomas Roberts John Williams Samuel Roberts Matthew Rance Moss Morris ? John Hughes John Powell Arthur Abraham Samuel Roberts

L Johnson

Quarryman Collier

Dec 26 1892 Mar 1896 Jul 5 1896 Jul 21 1893 Jul 4 1893 Feb 25 1890

Adwy Penygelli Adwy Nant Adwy Penygelli Penygelli Penygelli Coedpoeth Adwy Coedpoeth Talwrn Coedpoeth

Jan 15 1893 Apr 1896 Aug 1896 Oct 1896 Sep 1896 Mar 1898 May 1898 Jan 21 1900 July 8 1900 Oct 10 1900 May 5 1901 June 9 Sept 12 1901 Oct 10 1901 Dec 15 1901 July 12 1902

Theresa Bryan. Alice Jane Marg. Anne Harriet Margaret Ann. Hannah Jane Collier Margaret Jane Margaret Ann Jane Ann Elizabeth Ann Mary Ann Eleanor Eliz Catherine Margaret Ann Miner Miner Collier Collier


Apr 6 1898 Dec 29 1899

Collier Collier Fitter

June 5 1900 Aug 30 1900 Mar 3 1901 Engine driver Mar 8 1901

Collier Collier Collier Collier

Aug 10 1901

Sep 18 1901 Talwrn Nov 2 1901 June 9 1902 Penygelli Adwy

Rose Ethel Edith Mary Ethel James Arnold Edith Maud Walter Arthur Ewart Eleanor Maude Percy John Thomas Thomas Edward 1909 Prudence May Annie Thomas Whitriga Prudence May

John Griffith Arthur Abraham Matthew Rance Samuel Roberts Thomas Rance Thomas Watkins Matthew Rance Samuel Roberts Thomas Daniel Rance Thos C Hughes Daniel Rogers John Rogers Thomas Watkin R Rowland Jones Richard Mollington Thomas Watkins

Sarah Elizabeth Catherine Elizabeth Jane Ann Margaret Ann Mary Louisa Jane Elizabeth Jane Ann Margaret Ann Mary Louisa Rebecca Hughes Joiner Collier Fitter Collier Mason P Constable Fitter Collier

Aug 25 1902 Apr 1903 May 3 1903 July 13 1903 Jun 29 1903 Aug 28 1903 Aug 25 1904 Sep 4 1905 Sept 3 1908 Adwy

Adwy Penygelli 7 Rock Place Coedpoeth 6 New Rd Adwy Adwy Chirk 7 Rock Place Coedpoeth 6 New Rd

Nov 13 1902 June 7 1903 Jun 17 1903 Sep 5 1903 July 1903 Sept 24 1903 Oct 14 1904 Oct 22 1905 Dec 15 1908 Jun 27 1909 Dec 13 1909 Dec 13 Jan 22 1910 Mar 10 1910 July 26 1910 Nov 22 1910

May 25 1909 15 Talwrn Rd Pattisons Row Talwrn

Esther Wentworth Rogers Collier Sep 11 1907 Beatrice Rogers Jane Elizabeth Margaret Anne Edith Mary Jane Elizabeth Collier P. C. Collier Collier P Constable

June 30 1908 Pattinson Row Talwrn Nov 11 1909 Assembly Road Jan 13 1910 Assembly Road

June 25 1910 43 Talwrn Rd Nov 11 1910 P Station Assembly Rd

George William Dilys Eva Hilda Goronwy James George Harold Elsie William Arthur Joy Lily Elizabeth Catherine Randolph Robert Edward Leslie Myfanwy Mary Ivor Glyn Vera M E


Rowland Jones Maggie Jones Elizabeth Jane Rebecca Sarah Aeiu ? Collier Elizabeth Jane Eliz Catherine Sarah Kate Beatrrice Collier

Collier Fireman Joiner

Oct 22 1911

3 Assembly Rd

Dec 12 1911 Apr 14 1912 Sept 8 1912 Sept 8 1912 Apr 7 1914 July 21 1914 Oct 20 1914

Edward Powell Thos C Harries David R Hughes Edward Powell Arthur Abram James Owen Jones Robert Harding John Rogers

Feb. 23 1912 3 Heol Offa July 16 1912 Castle Rd

Apr 15 1912 4 School Lane Penygelli Dec 25 1914 Gwynfa Llewelyn Rd May 31 1914 Smithy Rd P .. Aug 24 1914 Waen Rd T..

Colliery Fireman Collier

Colliery Ostler Nov 17 1914 Rhosberse Rd Adwy Feb 2 1915 Collier Collier Dec 6 1914 Celyn Place Adwy Feb 14 1915 June 19 1916 Sep 1 1917

Arthur Abram ( Deceased) Eliz Catherine Edward Powell Robert T Harding Rob ? R Jones

Apr 30 1916 63 Heol Maelor Coedpoeth June 14 1917 Sep 3 1919 Nov 2 1919 Gwynfa Coedpoeth 16 Rhosberse Road Adwy 62 Heol Maelor Coedpoeth

Elizabeth Jane Colliery Fireman Kate Margaret Ann Colliery Ostler Collier

Feb 8 19120

John Leonard Williams Samuel Powell Samuel Powell Samuel Griffiths

Myfanwy Gwenhwytan ?

Jan 27 1920

Barton Green Rossett Feb 14 1920 Aug 31 1920 Apr 9 1922 May 17 1922

Sarah Ann Sarah Ann Hannah Elizabeth

Wheelwright Jul 5 1920 Wheelwright Collier Jan 22 1922 Apr 5 1922

3 Heol Offa Adwy 3 Heol Offa Adwy 6 Castle Road Coedpoeth

Kate John Leonard Gwilym Mary Lavinia Arthur Dennis 1923 Richard Anne Elsie Doreen Robert Cunliffe Eva Violet Beryl

Robt J Harding John Leonard Williams Edward Powell Eric Edwards


Colliery Ostler

Jun 2 1922

Rhosberse Road Adwy

Aug 2 1922 Oct 8 1922

Myfanwy G Farm Labourer Elizabeth Jane Mary Ellen Ethel Clerk

Sep 23 1922 Burton Green Rossett

Colliery Overman Sep 5 1922 Collier Nov 12 1922 Collier

Gwynfa Coedpoeth Nov 7 1922 Dec 10 1922

4 Tabor Hill Coedpoeth

Joseph A Marsden Edward Hughes Samuel Powell Samuel Powell RB Eric Edwards J A Marsden Evan Thos William

Mar 22 1923 1 Cemetery Road Coedpoeth Apr 18 5 School Lane Coedpoeth 3 Heol Offa Adwy Apr 11 1923 Feb 1924 Feb 1924 May 14 1930 May 14 1930 Sep 26 1928 Park Road Coedpoeth Dec 10 1930

Lizzie Jane Sarah Ann Sarah Ann Rosina Mary Ellen Ethel Beatrice

Mar 9 1923

Wheelwright Dec 15 1923

Wheelwright Dec 15 1923 3 Heol Offa Adwy Collier Collier Collier Plasterer Mar 25 1930 New Road Adwy Dec 1929 Aug 27 1928 Oct 5 1930

4 Tabor Hill Coedpoeth



Ann Robert Sarah Ada Letitia Mary Ann Alson Edward Annie Eleanor Samuel Arthur John Eddie William Thomas Margaret Samuel James James Barbara Laurance T C Mrs L Miss John Harriet Anne Joyce C Mrs Lydia Mrs Janet Mrs Margaret Ann Emily Miss

24 Mar 1885 17 Jan 1888 17 Sep 1888 17 Sep 1891 16 Jan 1892 19 Dec 1894 26 Nov 1895 19 Nov 1908 27 Sep 1905 Jul 1916 12 Feb 1916 1937 1937 Dec 1937 Mar 1938 1938 1939 Jun 1940 Feb 1941 Oct 1941 Oct 1941 Oct 1941 Jan 1942 Nov 1942 1 Aug 1948 Nov 1949 Nov 1949 Sep 1950 15 Feb 1952 Oct 1954

71 17 33 21 74 33 35 30 30 71 58

Widow Labourer Married Teacher Married Married Married Dressmaker Married Collier

Paralysis Consumption Tumour on the brain

Infirmity Fatal Accident

Housewife Collier Collier 76 Collier Housewife School Housewife Housekeeper Confectioner Housewife Housewife Housewife Housewife Housemaid

Daresbury Salem Coedpoeth. Minera Wrexham New Cemetery Minera New Cemetery Coedpoeth New Cemetery Coedpoeth Adwy New Cemetery Coedpoeth New Cemetery Coedpoeth Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Minera Churchyard Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery



Sarah Mrs Samuel Samuel George RW Ada R.T. Mr Tecwyn William James Mary E Joan Lizzie Jane Beatrice Alice Florence Thomas Edward Jane Gladys Ann Roy Davies Arthur Ewent Eva Leonard Walter Peris Owen Robert Davies Beatrice May Eunice Ivor Lavinia Rosina Ernest Glyn

Sep 1957 1958 8 Feb 1961 7 Nov 1960 8 Sep 1962 29 Aug 1963 Nov 1967 6 Nov 1968 12 Nov 1968 1969 3 Aug 1969 6 Aug 1971 17 Jun 1973 20 Jun 1973 2 May 1974 10 May 1975 11 May 1976 26 Apr 1978 5 Jul 1979 30 May 1980 26 Mar 1982 27 Jun 1982 19 Feb 1983 2 Jun 1983 18 Jun 1985 21 Dec 1988 3 Dec 1989 4 Feb 1990 19 Jan 1991 8 May 1991

Housewife Miner Wheewlright Shoe Repairer Colliery Official Housewife Steelworker Railway ganger Housewife Housewife Housewife Baker Housewife Miner (retired) Baker Housewife Driver Driver Home Help Retired Steel Inspector Collier Deputy Housewife Housewife Coach Builder Widow Housewife Joiner British Rail

78 76 66 76 26 73 65 77 64 79 78 83 68 92 87 92 69

Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Crematorium Coedpoeth Cemetery Pentrebychan Crematorium Pentrebychan Crematorium Pentrebychan Crematorium Pentrebychan Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Coedpoeth Cemetery Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Crematorium Coedpoeth Cemetery Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium Wrexham Crematorium

BETHLEHEM AND ADWY MARRIAGE REGISTER Date Names Age Cond Ba Sp Occ Residence Smelt Coedpoeth 5 New Rd Adwy Fathers Name Mr Abram Mr Saml

1927 June 6 Robert D Peters Peters Rosina Roberts Roberts.

note ( Bible received as first marriage in Bethlehem Church ) 1931 Rance 1931 Oct 7 Roberts 1933 June 3 (dec) 1933 Oct 14 Roberts June 16 (1934?) Enos Davies Jane Thomas (dec) Ba Sp New Broughton Coedpoeth Edward Davies John Thomas Edwin Williams Ann Miriam Roberts Ba Sp Coedpoeth Coedpoeth Evan Williams Mr Edward George Ivor Davies Sarah Ellen Morris Ba Sp Tanyfron Coedpoeth Ezra Davies William Morris Albert Burt Owens Ethel Roberts Ba Sp Dollgelly 5 New Rd Adwy Mr Saml William Lewis Maud Rance Ba Sp VW Company Substation Crewe 6 New Rd Adwy Deceased Mr Thos.

1934 Nov 14 Harold Evans Evans Ada Letitia Roberts Roberts 1935 July 6 Samuel Roberts Roberts (dec) Enid Povah

Ba Sp

Lesters Villas Adwy 5 New Rd Coedpoeth

Mr Mr

James Saml

Ba Sp

Llewellyn Rd Coedpoeth Southsea



1935 July 6

Lennerd Rogers Murial Jones

Ba Sp Ba Sp


1935 Dec 21 Thomas Ellis Catherine Abraham (dec)


Mr Arthur Abraham

1938 June 24 Robert Edward Williams Williams Gwennie Jones 1940 Nov 23 Thomas James White Olwen Roberts 1942 Nov 21 Ernest Price Elizabeth Ann Jones

Ba Sp Ba Sp Ba Sp

62 Nant Rd Coedpoeth




Mr Simon Jones Bristol 13 Smithy Rd Coedpoeth Lodge Middle Road Nant

1943 Nov 10 Oswald Wilcoxon Winifred Hughes 1945 July 7 John James Jones Edith Muriel Rogers

Ba Sp Ba Widow Factory Worker

Fernleigh Llewelyn Road Moss Bank Llewelyn Road. 6 Middle Rd Nant Coedpoeth Haulfryn Middle Road Nant The Bungalow Wern Minera Brynclwyedog Coedpoeth.

1947 Sept 20 Wm Vincent Worthington 20 Ba Elsie Jones 32 Sp

1948 June 3

Alfred Vincent Evans Anne Powell

21 Ba 23 Sp Ba Sp 22 Ba 21 Sp Ba 43 Sp 37 Ba 21 Sp

Baker Clerk Insurance Agent Shop Assistant Miner Shop Assistant Joiner Office worker

8 Victoria St Failsworth Manchester 3 Haulfryn Terrace Adwy Council Houses Llidiart Fanny Adwy 15 Stansty Rd Rhosddu Wrexham 1 Haulfryn Llewelyn Rd Coedpoeth.

1949 May 12 Norman Williams Dorothy May Taylor 1954 July 24 Dennis Jones Elsie Griffiths 1958 Sept 10 Idwal Hughes Hilda Hughes 1959 Mar 5 H Marshall Dorothy Roberts

Ael y Bryn Penygelli C Poeth

Store keeper

17 Bryngwyn Coedpoeth

A E Roberts


Date of present entry Name 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 William Lester A J Pickering Annie Jones Alice Roden M L Jones

Age 56 33 21 24 16

Residence Bryn Offa Adwy Adwy Adwy Adwy Plas Maelor Coedpoeth

Date of pledge taken Remarks


Charles James Gibbons 50 William Davies


23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/2/1886 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 23/5/1905 25/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905

Edward Roden Agnes Davies

25 17

Adwy Adwy Bron Offa Adwy 14 Llewelyn Road Llewelyn Road 1 Jago Row 4 New Road Adwy


Albert William Ashford 22 Samuel Powell Samuel Jones John Powell Matthew Rance 51 59 28 31

1/2/71 1/2/70 1/2/70 Always teetotal

Robert William Powell 27 Thomas D Rance Edward Powell Thomas James Jones Mrs Eleanor Powell Lizzie Thomas Henry Robinson George Roden John E Rance Samuel Powell 22 23 22 21 17 22 17

Always teetotal

4 New Road Adwy 14 Heol Llewelyn Wern Road Castle Terrace Maelor Stores Adwy Pen Y Gelli 2 New Road Adwy

28/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905 28/5/1905 30/5/1905 30/5/1905 30/5/1905 30/5/1905 30/5/1905 26/11/05 26/11/1905 26/11/1905 14/11/1909 14/11/1909

Eliza Gittins Emily Powell Samuel Griffiths Samuel Roberts Margaret Thomas Arthur Abram Mr A Jones Ann Powell Fanny M Rance Mrs Elizabeth Rance Letitia Roden Edward Thomas M A Roberts Robert R Jones Margaret Ann Jones

25 25 18 55 53 24 4 New Road Adwy Heol Maelor Adwy Adwy Coedpoeth

Adwy Pen Y Gelli

49 29

Adwy Adwy Adwy Coedpoeth Coedpoeth

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