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Motte at Eglwys Cross, Tybroughton.

Tybroughton is a township in the Maelor Saesneg area of Flintshire. The rather isolated rural area contains no nucleated villages, although there are a few small hamlets such as Eglwys Cross.


Tybroughton originates as a township of the ancient parish of Hanmer: D. R. Thomas speculated that it was identifiable with the lost manor of 'Burwardestone' mentioned in the Domesday Book.[1] The Wrexham historian Alfred Neobard Palmer said that the Welsh-language place name Tybroughton was recorded as early as 1405 "and can only mean 'Broughton's House' ".[2] Tybroughton was also recorded in 1699 by the antiquary Edward Lhuyd,[3] who pointed out an "artificial mount" there called 'Mount Cop' or Eglwys y Groes, probably a motte.

In the mid 18th century, Thomas Pennant stayed at a house in the area, writing: "I took my quarters at Broughton [...] a venerable wooden house in possession of my respected kinsman Peter Davies, Esq, in right of his lady, eldest surviving sister of the late Broughton Whitehall".[3]

Writing in 1840 the topographer Samuel Lewis said the township had a population of 218.[4]


Tybroughton Hall is a Grade-II-listed house of the late 18th century.


  1. Thomas, A History of the Diocese of St Asaph, 1874, p.821
  2. Palmer, Ancient Tenures of Land in North Wales and the Marches, 1910, p.248
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davies, E. Flintshire place-names, 1956, p.170
  4. Lewis (ed). A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1840

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