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"A hamlet, in the parish of Llanrhaiadr in Kinmerch, Union of Ruthin, hundred of Isaled, county of Denbigh; 3 miles (SSW) from Denbigh, containing 176 inhabitants. ..... A river rises in the hilly part of the hamlet, from two sources, after the union of the waters from which it sinks underground, and does not appear again, until it bursts forth in a copious stream from a limestone rock at the well of St. Dynog, near the parochial church. [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ecclesiastical parish of Prion was created, by an order in Council, on 23 January 1860, and extended by an Order in Council on 22 February 1879, out of the ancient parish of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch. It comprises the townships of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch, Prion and Trefydd Bychain; and portions of the townships of Llewesog, Segroit Ucha, Segroit Isa, and Cader.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference X.
The church, which is dedicated to St. James, was consecrated on 25 August 1859.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches

Nonconformist places of worship for Prion were included in the "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" under the Civil parish of Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch. Details will be found on the parish page for Llanrhaeadr yng Nghinmeirch


Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
None 1861 - 1936 None

Bishop's Transcripts

  • No Bishop's Transcripts have been deposited for St. James, Prion.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. James, Prion.

Civil Registration

The new parish of Prion was assigned to the Ruthin Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Prion are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Ruthin XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Ruthin 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office) 


Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Prion which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Prion has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • In 1831- this was not a separate parish.
  • In 1901- the population was 514.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 8500 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]