Two Hundred and Fifty Miles through North Wales: Day 1, Part 2

After leaving Eaton Estate, the group travelled towards Wrexham through Pulford, Lavister, Trevalyn and Marford. They arrived at Wrexham at 12.30 and enjoyed lunch at the Feathers Hotel.

PPD/101/23: St Giles Church, Wrexham, Denbighshire Archives (Photographic Collection)

Passing on past the Hall down a pleasant drive we come to the end of the park and out on the Old Wrexham Road at the Lodge near the Church at Pulford. We had decided that our first stopping place should be Wrexham so were working our way in that direction. We pass on through the very pretty villages of Pulford, Lavester [Lavister], Rosset [Rossett], past Trevallyn Hall [Trevalyn Hall] to Marford. Here I began to think that I had really entered “taffy land” after enquiries from a youth for “Jhon Jhones” and finding he was not known; I had doubts on the subject. These doubts were shortly set at rest by seeing several goats in the field and a large sign “John Jones. Grocer”, we soon found out every where we went the Jones’ were to the right of us, in front of us, and in fact everywhere it was Jones, Jones, Jones. In fact the Welsh woman would say “it is not where is Jones, it is where is he not”.

Passing into Gresford we see on the brow of an eminence, an old church erected in 1472, in the churchyard are some Yew trees more than 1400 years old, one of which is 26 feet in circumference. The melodious bells of Gresford Church are ranked among the seven wonders of Wales. We drive on past Acton Hall, which is situated in an extensive and beautifully wooded park. It is the seat of Sir Robert Cunliffe Bard and occupies the site of the house where the infamous Judge Jeffreys was born. We drive on towards Wrexham and arrive there after a most delightful drive. At 12.30 after putting “Tommy” up at the stables of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel we adjourn to the Feathers Hotel and there have a “banquet”- such a banquet- sausage poloneys and other eatables in abundance, all fish that came to the net.

For a time we strolled about Wrexham which is a market town 11 miles from Chester.We had an outside view of the old Wrexham Church which is considered to be another of the seven wonders of Wales. It was erected in the year 1472 on the site of an older structure destroyed by fire in 1457 but the new steeple was not complete until 1506. This steeple is said to rock in windy weather and is one of the finest in Wales. The tower is 136 feet high, the bells of the Church are said to form one of the most melodious peals in Wales. In the Old Vicarage house Heber composed the famous Missionary Hymn “From Greenlands Icy Mountains”.

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