Marchwiel (Welsh: Marchwiail; standardised: Marchwiel[1]) is a village and community in Wrexham County Borough, Wales.

  • Welsh: Marchwiail or Marchwiel
Marchwiel Parish Church - - 65687.jpg
Marchwiel Parish Church
Marchwiel is located in Wrexham
Location within Wrexham
Population1,379 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ356476
  • Marchwiel
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWREXHAM
Postcode districtLL13
Dialling code01978
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
53°01′19″N 2°57′32″W / 53.022°N 2.959°W / 53.022; -2.959

It is about 2 miles south-east of Wrexham city on the A525 road towards Bangor-on-Dee. The community has an area of 1,488 hectares and a population of 1,418 (2001 census), the population falling to 1,379 at the 2011 Census.[2]

There are several large country houses in the area including Marchwiel Hall, Bryn-y-grog, Old Sontley and Erddig Hall, now a National Trust property and a popular tourist attraction. The 19th century, Marchwiel Hall was acquired by Sir Alfred McAlpine, founder of Alfred McAlpine and son of 'Concrete' Bob McAlpine.[3]

In the Middle Ages there was a church at Marchwiel dedicated to Saint Deiniol. It was recorded in early times as Plwyf y Marchwiail, "the parish of the saplings";[4] this is sometimes taken to refer to the materials used to build the first church. The current church building dates from 1778 and is dedicated to Saint Marcella. The church contains a number of memorials to members of the Yorke family of Erddig and has a stained-glass window showing the Yorke family tree. The public house is the Red Lion which dates back to the early 1900s and is said to be the centre of the village.

Marchwiel had a station on the Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway. The station closed in 1962, when the Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway closed to passengers.[5]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Erbistock and at the 2011 census had a total population of 2,371.[6]


  1. ^ The Welsh Language Commissioner recommends "Marchwiel" is to be used in Welsh, just as in English."Standardised Welsh Place names". Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ Historic Marchwiel Hall on the market for £2.5 million, 9 July 2010 BBC North West
  4. ^ Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1917, 308
  5. ^ "Wrexham and Ellesmere Railway".
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  • Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. Church of St Deiniol and St Marcella, Marchwiel. Accessed 2 June 2008.
  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Baines, Menna & Lynch, Peredur I. (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
  • Rees, Cynthia (1998) A History of the Parish of Marchwiel, Bridge Books, Wrexham.

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