Wrexham Town Walk
The following walk starts outside the Museum on Regent Street. There is plenty of history hidden in Wrexham and by printing off this walk, you'll be able to discover it for yourself.
In this walk around town you'll see the historic buildings of Wrexham and pass by the sites of those that did not survive.
Walking Time: 1 hour. Level walking.
Access: College Street and Town Hill are the only lengthy ups and downs on the tour. There are no steps involved in the walk.
Starting from outside Wrexham Museum. Look to your right.
Just off St Mark's Road by the side of the building was Church House.
Church House was the site of the public enquiry into the 1934 Gresford Colliery disaster. The disaster killed 261 miners and 3 rescuers in what was the greatest coal mining disaster in North Wales. Both Stafford Cripps, later Chancellor of Exchequer during the 1945-51 Labour Government, and Hartley Shawcross, later one of the Chief Prosecutors at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, were employed in the enquiry. The inquiry put the blame on William Bonsall, the Colliery manager, but many feel that the Director, Henry Dyke Dennis, who put on the pressure that led to corners being cut, had escaped lightly.
Church House and the nearby St Mark's Church (now the multi-storey car park)were demolished to make way for a retail development scheme. The Church was initially a response to the growing numbers living in the town in the mid 19th Century. Nowadays population size and attendance at church are not so closely linked.
Turn left out of the Museum forecourt and walk as far as the gates to the cathedral next door. Enter the cathedral grounds.