Weston Rhyn

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Weston Rhyn
St John's church Weston Rhyn - geograph.org.uk - 2153553.jpg
St John's church, Weston Rhyn
Grid reference: SJ282357
Location: 52°54’50"N, 3°4’1"W
Population: 2,850  (2011)
Post town: Oswestry
Postcode: SY10
Dialling code: 01691
Local Government
Council: Shropshire
North Shropshire

Weston Rhyn is a large village and civil parish in Shropshire, adjacent to the border with Denbighshire. It lies between the towns of Chirk, in that county, and Oswestry.

The civil parish, which also includes Bronygarth, Pentre-Newydd and a number of small hamlets, had a total population of 2,668 at the 2001 census,[1] falling to 2,850 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Weston Rhyn is recorded as Westune in the Domesday Book. Tun or ton means a settlement or hamlet, rhyn means a hill or mount. The townships of Weston Rhyn and Bronygarth in the ancient parish of St Martins were formed into a separate ecclesiastical district known as “the Lodge” in 1870 (the inn still bears its name), and then in 1898 into the civil parish of Weston Rhyn.

Transport, facilities

The village is on the Shrewsbury to Chester railway line, but has no station. Its former station of Preesgweene (later known as Weston Rhyn) closed in 1960. The nearest stations today are Chirk and Gobowen. The village lies to the west of the A5 trunk road.

It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Welsh hills and Offa's Dyke to the west, and the River Ceiriog (which forms the border with Denbighshire) to the north. Originally a mining village, the pits have long since closed. Despite this, the village has in recent years expanded, with people working locally or commuting as far as Chester, Shrewsbury, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester.

Weston Rhyn has three churches (Presbyterian Church of Wales, Quinta Independent Evangelical Church and St John's Church of England), two pubs, Chinese takeaway/chip shop, village hall, primary school, Sunday school and general store. Close to Weston Rhyn is the Quinta Christian Centre, which is home to the missionary organisation Operation Mobilisation.

Notable Persons

  • Dr Frederick William Price FRSE (1873-1957) cardiologist and medical author



  • G. G. Lerry, "Collieries of Denbighshire", 1968
  • C. Neville Hurdsman, "A History of the Parishes of St. Martin's & Weston Rhyn" 2003

Outside links

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about Weston Rhyn)
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