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Arts and crafts in Wrexham

Wrexham is in North Wales. It has a population of around 135,000 and covers approximately 50,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cheshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Powys, Shropshire.

The County Borough of Wrexham (Wrecsam in Welsh) was created in 1996 and is administered from the counties largest town Wrexham. Erddig Hall is located on the edge of Wrexham and is considered to be among the best historic country houses in Britain. It was built during the late 17th century and became a National Trust property during the nineteen seventies. Inside the house there are paintings and photographs of people who lived and worked on the estate and the house is decorated with antique furniture, wallpaper and textiles. The grounds of the house include a formal eighteenth century garden, landscaped parkland and buildings that were used by estate workers such as the blacksmiths and sawmill. Built between the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, St Giles Church in Wrexham is decorated with fine carvings and impressive stained glass windows. The Oriel Wrecsam gallery is a venue for exhibitions of art work including paintings and sculptures created by both new and established artists.

First constructed between the late thirteenth century and the early fourteenth century, the structure of Chirk Castle (Castell y Waun in Welsh) has been added to during its history as a fortress and home. The well preserved castle is one of the counties most popular attractions, with a medieval tower and walls, dungeons and rooms furnished in styles from periods including Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic Revival. Also of interest is the collection of paintings and tapestries, whilst outside there are large baroque style iron gates, which were moved during the nineteenth century to their current location at the entry to the park. The castle is set among beautiful gardens and parkland and provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Other attractions in Wrexham include the Riverside Studio and Grove Park theatres, the landscaped Edwardian Bellevue Park and the county museum, which has a range exhibits from local cultural and social history. The Bersham Heritage Centre provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the areas industrial history and is located on the site of a former iron works.

Simon Yorke

(Born 1743 in Erddig in Wrexham), Nonfiction

A writer who focused on genealogy.