Parish History

Prestatyn is thought to be the oldest resort along the North Wales coast. Tourism began with the building of the Chester to Holyhead railway line in 1848. During the 1800s, people flocked to this resort to “Sea Bathe”, lured by the heady descriptions of the air being like wine and honey, and the abundant sunshine being ideal for arthritis and nervous disorders.

The Town Centre is nestled between magnificent sandy beaches and a spectacular hillside, where mountain air meets salty sea breezes. Uniquely sited with its “shield” of hills and mountains, Prestatyn boasts a distinctly favourable climate all of its own. It is the perfect setting for a traditional holiday, or well-earned break.

In fact, the name Prestatyn can be traced back many centuries, but the town is essentially a creation of the 19th Century. In 1891, the population was 585, but by 1955 this had increased ten-fold. The Parish of Prestatyn was formed in 1860 by a separation from the older neighbouring Parishes of Meliden and Llanasa, and three years later, at Whitsun, on 27 May 1863, Christ Church, the Parish Church was consecrated.

The orginal boundaries were extended in 1937 as a consequence of the growth of the town. Annual Vestry records of the time refer to the need for a daughter church in the Northwest ward. In 1939 an army camp was established in the town and for a number of years the camp chapel was known as the Mission Church, continuing as such until 1965. A new church was needed to replace the older building which was by then needed for other purposes. The Church of the Holy Spirit was built on nearby land in 1966.

From the outset, Services had been held in English and in Welsh to meet the needs of the congregation. For many years there was a Welsh congregation as large as the English one, but although the Parish remains bi-lingual, the Welsh congregation has, alas, steadily declined in recent years.

Our website aims to tell you all about the community of Christian Believers here in Prestatyn. We offer worship for all the family . . .

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