Willington Worthenbury

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Willington Worthenbury
Worthenbury Church.jpg
St Deiniol's Church, Worthenbury
Grid reference: SJ4327945172
Location: 53°0’2"N, 2°50’43"W
Population: 730  (2001)
Post town: Wrexham, Malpas
Postcode: LL13, SY14
Dialling code: 01948
Local Government
Council: Wrexham
Clwyd South

Willington Worthenbury is a civil community in the Maelor detached part of Flintshire, adjacent to the borders with Cheshire and Denbighshire.

It has an area of 5,300 acres and a population of 730 (2001 census). It comprises the ancient parish of Worthenbury and the township of Willington in the ancient parish of Hanmer. It contains the villages of Worthenbury in the former and Tallarn Green and Horseman's Green in the latter.

Settlement at Worthenbury may have begun as early as the tenth century. The name Worthenbury may stem from the Saxon name for a stronghold 'burgh', indicating that a fortification may have been situated there. There has been a parish church in the village since at least 1388. The current building was built in 1739; it is dedicated to Saint Deiniol and has many Georgian features.

South of the village lay Emral Hall, home to the influential Puleston family until 1936 when it was demolished.

St Mary Magdalene's, Tallarn Green, where R. S. Thomas was curate.

Tallarn Green also has a small church, completed in 1873 and dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The famous poet R. S. Thomas was curate here in the 1940s. The churchyard contains the war grave of a Manchester Regiment soldier of World War I.[1] The word "green" in the name of the village indicates an area of grassy common land.


  1. [1] CWGC Casualty record.

Outside links

  • Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. Maelor Saesneg: The Settlement Landscape. Accessed 5 June 2008.
  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Baines, Menna & Lynch, Peredur I. (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
  • Roberts, Vic (2004) Worthenbury, Genuki. Accessed 5 June 2008.
  • Wrexham County Borough Council. St Mary Magdalene Church. Accessed 5 June 2008.
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