Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BANGOR-IS-Y-COED, or Bangor-Monachorum

BANGOR-IS-Y-COED, or Bangor-Monachorum, a township in the district of Wrexham and county of Flint, and a parish partly also in the county of Denbigh. The township lies on the river Dee, in an open fertile country, 5½ miles SE of Wrexham railway station. It has a post office,‡ of the name of Bangor-Is-y-Coed, under Wrexham, and a bridge of five arches on the Dee. It was the Roman Banchorinm or Bovium, and the Saxon Bancornaburg; and it anciently had a large monastery, said to have been founded previous to the year 180, by Lucins, son of Coel, the first Christian king of Britain. The monks increased in number to 2,100; and so many as 1,200 of them were massacred in 593 by King Ethel frith of Northumbria. Gildas Ninuins, who lived in the 7th century, and wrote a history of England which is still extant, was one of the abbots. The ruins of many churches and of other extensive buildings are described by William of Malmesbury as existing soon after the Conquest; but these, and all other traces of the ancient monastery, long ago disappeared. Real property of the township, £4,884. Pop., 585. Houses, 138. The parish includes also the townships of Eyton, Royton, Pickhill, and Sesswick. Acres, 5,795. Real property, £11,400. Pop., 1,240. Houses, 261. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph; and till 1868 was united with Overton. Value, £700.* Patron, the Marquis of Westminster. The church contains a curious, octagonal, ancient font, and is good. A school has £39 from endowment, and other charities £37.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a township"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 4th order divisions")
Administrative units: Denbighshire AncC       Flintshire AncC
Place: Bangor Is Coed

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