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    by leics Written Apr 18, 2015

    The rather lovely Medieval church of St Giles stands in Wrexham's town centre. It's external sandstone stonework is a bit green now...all that Welsh rain over the centuries!..and has suffered form erosion caused by both weather and atmospheric pollution, but it still has some impressive gargoyles.

    The main part of the existing church dates from the late 1400s. Of course there have been previous churches on the site, from at least the 1100s if not earlier, but a fire in the mid-1400s gutted the church then standing and a new building was started. that's the one which stands now, although its tower dates from a bit later. The tower was completed in the mid-1520s and was regarded as one of the 'seven wonders of Wales' because of its height and visibility from so far away. Until 2011 it was possible to climb the tower for its magnificent views but health & safety regulations mean that is no longer possible.

    The church is very large and remarkably impressive for what was, at that time, a pretty small and insignificant settlement. The surrounding land was owned by the powerful Stanley family. The 1st Earl married Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry Tudor, in 1482 and it was the Stanley's choosing to fight on the side of the Tudors in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 which led to the death of King Richard lll and Henry Tudor becoming King of England.

    It's worth taking the time to have a good look at the interior of the church. As well as a carved font which dates from the early 1500s (and which was used as a garden ornament during the period of the Puritan 'Commonwealth') there are some Medieval carvings still visible, including a rather super mermaid, and a sow suckling her piglets. The exterior of the church is worth a close look as well, to spot those gargoyles and to find Elihu Yale's tomb.

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    by leics Written Mar 14, 2015

    Yes...Elihu Yale whose name is commemorated in Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

    I'd never imagined that Mr Yale would have any connection with Wrexham, let alone that I'd find him buried there!

    Yale was born in Boston USA in 1649. His grandmother, Ann Lloyd of Chester UK, had married the governor of New Haven. Elihu returned to England at the age of three and never went back to the US.

    He made his money by working for the British East India company. He was based in Madras from 1672 and by 1687 he had become the governor of Fort Saint George in that city. He left the company in some disgrace (accused of secret deals with traders and suchlike) but nevertheless managed to come back to England with a substantial fortune. He moved inot a large house, Plas Grono, near Wrexham, and spent the rest of his life involved in the diamond trade and in philanthropic actions.

    His link with Yale university? in 1713 Yale had donated 32 books to what was then called the Collegiate School at Saybrook. By 1718 the school had moved to New Haven and, when contacted by Cotton Mather, Yale made a further donation of books, a portrait and fabrics. The money raised from the sale of those items was used to construct a building known as 'Yale College' in New Haven. In 1745 the university (as it then was) was named 'Yale university.

    Yale died in 1721 in London but was buried in the churchyard of St Giles' church in the centre of Wrexham. His simple tomb stands on the western side of the building and is inscribed with this verse:

    Born in America, in Europe bred,
    In Africa travell'd and in Asia wed,
    Where long he liv'd and thriv'd;
    in London dead.
    Much good, some ill, he did; so hope all's even
    And that his soul thro' mercy's gone to Heaven.
    You that survive and read this tale, take care,
    For this most certain exit to prepare:
    Where blest in peace, the actions of the just
    Smell Sweet, and blossom in the silent dust.

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    by uglyscot Written Jul 14, 2005

    The library at Llwyn Isaf has children's books as well as for adults, information books[ including a good genealogy section], music Cds, videos, audio books as well as newspapers and magazines and Internet access. It is all housed in a spacious building. There is a cafe on site, and downstairs and exhibition area.
    When the weather was bad, we spent a very fruitful time here.

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Wrexham Hotels

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  • Premier Inn Wrexham

    Chester Road, Gresford, Wrexham, LL12 8PW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Travelodge Wrexham

    A483 A5152 Wrexham Bypass Rh, Wrexham, WA LL14

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ramada Plaza Wrexham

    Ellice Way, Wrexham, United Kingdom, LL13 7YH, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Lemon Tree

    29 Rhosddu Rd, Wrexham, LL11 2LP, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Best Western Cross Lanes Hotel

    Bangor Road, Marchwiel, Wrexham, Wales LL13 0TF

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Cross Lanes Hotel (Bangor...

    Bangor Road

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Holt Lodge Hotel

    Wrexham Rd, Holt, Wrexham, LL13 9SW, United Kingdo

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Moreton Park Lodge

    Gledrid Chirk, Wrexham, United Kingdom, LL145DG, G

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Ye Olde Anchor Hotel Ruthin

    2 Rhos St, Wrexham, LL15 1DY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Wrexham Restaurants

  • by MonkeyAl Written Oct 21, 2007

    Excellent authentic Thai food. As a person who has travelled throughout Thailand I would say this is about as authentic as you get in the North Wales and the North West of Britain

    Favorite Dish: Try any of the sea food dishes. Especially sea bass

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Wrexham Nightlife

  • by leewholman Written Dec 11, 2009

    The nightlife in wrexham is good for people aged 12 - 78.
    a good time can be had with the drunken idiots that cant keep their hands to themselves in all clubs in this town.
    Liquid/Envy
    Groove
    South Central
    Central Station
    Yales
    Lloyds
    Scotts the new strip club
    L'etage
    Frenzie
    ETC - ther are loads :)

    Dress Code: anything - people in wrexham dont care / cant afford much clothes

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Wrexham Transportation

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    by sandysmith Written May 26, 2003

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    Best reached by car - itts a bit off the beaten path to reach:
    2ml S of Wrexham, signposted A525 Whitchurch road, or A483/A5152 Oswestry road Station: Wrexham Central (U) 1½ml, Wrexham General 2ml via Erddig Rd & footpath
    Car park 200yds. Passing bays on access drive

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Wrexham Warnings and Dangers

  • by Hujiop Written Oct 12, 2004

    If you want to be traedted like dung by some serial killers, you should have gone to halforsd in 2001 there, some human vermin, some old men, insulted me, and my brother, the horrible old men, just called us something that the cat brought in, well i have not got revenmge yet but it is one of those insults we get, and it makes me realise how eviol mechanics are, i would have people like that executed, i hope we can get them executed osme day as they are such vermin, but i wuill not do it, kill bullies, at birgtj ,and their children, should be strilised

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