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Welsh: Llannerch Banna
The Dymock Arms public house in Penley
Grid reference: SJ414399
Location: 52°57’11"N, 2°52’16"W
Post town: Wrexham
Postcode: LL13
Dialling code: 01948
Local Government
Council: Wrexham
Clwyd South

Penley is a village in the Maelor detached part of Flintshire, adjacent to the border with Shropshire. It forms a township of the ancient parish of Ellesmere, the remainder of which lies in the latter county.

Penley lies on the path of the long-distance walk, the Maelor Way.[1]

Penley is home to the Penley Polish Hospital. The hospital was founded following a decree from Sir Winston Churchill after World War II, to care for Polish ex-servicemen who fought alongside the Allies in World War II, as well as their families, who settled in the area.[2] As a result of this influx, the population of Penley increased threefold. Residents at the hospital and camp included the Polish military commander, Wacław Przeździecki. At its peak, in the early 1950s, the hospital housed more than 2,000 patients and staff.

Penley Church was originally built in 1538. The timber structure was replaced by a brick one in 1793. This was demolished in 1893, and the current church was completed in 1899; it was consecrated in 1902, and dedicated to Mary Magdalene.

Penley has one primary school and one secondary school. The primary school, known as the Madras School,[3] was built in 1811 by George Kenyon II, Baron Kenyon of Gredington. Penley's secondary school, The Maelor School, was built in 1957 and serves the rural communities on both sides of the county border.


  1. Gordon Emery - Guide to the Maelor Way (1991) ISBN 1-872265-98-7
  2. BBC article on the Penley Poles
  3. The Madras School

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