Weston Rhyn

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Weston Rhyn
St John's church Weston Rhyn - geograph.org.uk - 2153553.jpg
St John's church, Weston Rhyn
Weston Rhyn is located in Shropshire
Weston Rhyn
Weston Rhyn
Weston Rhyn shown within Shropshire
Population2,850 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ282357
Civil parish
  • Weston Rhyn
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOSWESTRY
Postcode districtSY10
Dialling code01691
PoliceWest Mercia
FireShropshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
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52°54′50″N 3°04′01″W / 52.914°N 3.067°W / 52.914; -3.067Coordinates: 52°54′50″N 3°04′01″W / 52.914°N 3.067°W / 52.914; -3.067

Weston Rhyn is a large village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. It lies between the towns of Chirk, in Wales, and Oswestry, in England.

The civil parish, which also includes Bronygarth, Pentre-Newydd and a number of small hamlets, had a total population of 2,668 at the 2001 census,[1] falling to 2,850 at the 2011 Census.[2]

History[edit]

Weston Rhyn is recorded as Westune in the Domesday Book. Tun or ton means a settlement or hamlet, the origin of the name 'Rhyn' appears to start from the Welsh names for Rome and Roman (as a person), Rhufain and Rhufon, leading to Rhun or/and Rhyn' as "the proper name of a man" and Rhyon as a soldier.[3]

Originally the townships of Weston Rhyn and Bronygarth were in the Parish of St. Martins. In 1870 they were formed into a separate ecclesiastical district known as “the Lodge” (the inn still bears its name), and then in 1898 into the civil parish of Weston Rhyn.

Transport, facilities[edit]

The village is on the Shrewsbury to Chester railway line, but has no station. Its former station of Preesgweene (later known as Weston Rhyn) closed in 1960. The nearest stations today are Chirk and Gobowen. Train services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales. The village lies to the west of the A5 trunk road.

It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Welsh hills and Offa's Dyke to the west, and the River Ceiriog to the north. Originally a mining village, the pits have long since closed. Despite this, the village has in recent years expanded, with people working locally or commuting as far as Chester, Shrewsbury, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester.

Weston Rhyn has three churches (Presbyterian Church of Wales, Quinta Independent Evangelical Church and St John's Church of England), two pubs, Chinese takeaway/chip shop, village hall, primary school, Sunday school and general store. Close to Weston Rhyn is the Quinta Christian Centre, which is home to the missionary organisation Operation Mobilisation.

Notable Persons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weston Rhyn CP, ONS
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Whitaker, John (1804). The Ancient Cathedral Of Cornwall Historically Surveyed. Volume 2. London: Stockdale. pp. 207&ndash, 8 – via Google Books.

Sources[edit]

  • G. G. Lerry, "Collieries of Denbighshire", 1968
  • C. Neville Hurdsman, "A History of the Parishes of St. Martin's & Weston Rhyn" 2003

External links[edit]