In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hanmer like this:
HANMER, a village, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Ellesmere and county of Flint. The village stands near the boundary with Salop, 3 miles N of Bettisfield r. station, and 5 NE of Ellesmere; and has a post office‡ under Whitchurch, Salop. The township comprises 2, 247 acres. Real property, £4, 738. Pop., 491. Houses, 91. The parish contains also the townships of Bettisfield, Bronington, Halghton, Tybroughton, and Willington. Acres, 14, 718. Real property, £19, 601. ...
Pop., 2, 519. Houses, 504. The property is divided among four. Bettisfield Park is the seat of Sir John Hanmer, Bart.; and Gredington Hall is a seat of Lord Kenyon. Hanmer mere covers about 73 acres. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £397.* Patron, Sir J. Hanmer, Bart. The church is of the time of Henry VII., in very good condition; and has monuments of Speaker Hanmer and Lord Chief Justice Kenyon. The vicarage of Bronington is a separate charge. There is a chapel in the township of Bettisfield, served from Hanmer.-Hanmer school has £33 10s.; and other charities have £101. Davydd ap Edmund, the bard, was a native.The sub-district is conterminate with the parish.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Hanmer has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Wrexham. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hanmer and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hanmer, in Wrexham and Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th November 2015
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