This time, a very brief gem courtesy of Alfred Palmer’s History of the Parish of Gresford, taken from the parish registers of Dodleston. Gresford parish commenced just beyond the Ffrwd at the boundary of Brymbo township. A few miles further to the north-east it adjoined Dodleston, in what until the time of the Enclosures was a marshy and debatable common moor. Denbighshire, Flintshire and Cheshire all met here at a spring called Morwall, the “moor well”. In Palmer’s time there was still a field in the area called “Holywell”.

Although the following does not relate closely to Brymbo it does relate to several things I’ve touched on before, such as the nature of boundary marks and perambulations, common land and the fundamentally parish-centred life of people in the 17th century. It also shows the impact the Civil War began to have on the area’s inhabitants.

1623. This year the curate of Gresford and some of the p’shoners of the meaner ranke came after a straglinge maner, some of them ov’ the moore and some of them through Pulford p’ish unto to the New Hay and soe to Moore Well; and said that that well was in theire p’ish, yet could bring noe proofe for it; but said they were commanded soe to doe by S’r Rich[ard] Treav[o]r; and when they went away they went agayne into Pulford p’ish, where the parson, Mr Terrey, mett them, and rebuked them for romeinge out of their p’ish and from their wonted bounds.

1642. This yeare the curate of Gresford w’th some of the p’ishioners having come for div’rs yeares to Moore Well, some of them ov’ the Moore and some of them through Pulford p’ish in p’session saieing that they were sent thither to clayme that well to be in their p’ish, yet knew noe reason why they should doe soe. And now this year w…. they were in the Moore, And they saw some soulld’rs standing by the well (w’ch soulld’rs went to see their fashions) they the said curate and his company w’th went back agayne, and never came unto the well.

1643. This yeare none of the p’ish of Gresford came unto Moore Well, as formerlie they had done, neyther did soe much as any one of them come unto the Moore this p’ambulac’on time.