Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ruabon, Wrexham. Its church can look back to the 14th century, and shows monuments of the period and a faded wall fresco.
It is adjoined by Wynnstay, the seat of the family of baronets, Watcyn Williams Wynn, that played so great a part in the social life of Wales through the 19th century. The house is relatively modern, being rebuilt after a fire in the latter part of the 19th century; but the park is recognized as a beauty-spot, and is distinguished by monuments set up to commemorate members of the famous family, above all the Nant-y-Bellan Tower set up to the memory of the Fencible Regiment, known as the Ancient Britons, which took part in the Irish troubles of 1798, when the ideas of the French Revolution spread to Ireland, and an attempt was made to anticipate the freedom it achieved in 1920. Several of its officers were killed under the command of the contemporary Sir Watcyn. It is right to refer to him so, since, generation after generation in the minds of Welsh people, the wealth and influence of the family put it on a level with the greatest powers in the land. Indeed, in the 19th century, it was said that the Welsh worshipped only one trinity: Victoria, Mr Gladstone, and the Sir Watcyn of the time.
Wynnstay and its troop of Ancient Britons are today most distinguished for counting among their number the famous “Nimrod”, the C. J. Apperley, born in 1777 at Plas Gronow in Denbighshire of landed but impoverished gentry, who not only wrote the Life of John Myton but also works on hunting and horse-racing that became classics of their kind.
Nearby towns: Chirk, Ellesmere, Llangollen, Wrexham
Nearby villages: Acrefair, Bangor-is-y-coed, Brymbo, Coedpoeth, Erbistock, Farndon, Farndon, Ffrith, Frankton, Glyn Ceiriog, Gobowen, Gresford, Gyfelia, Hindford, Holt, Ifton Heath, Llandegla, Llantysilio, Marchwiel, Minera, Overton, Penley, Rhosllanerchrugog, Selattyn, St. Martins, Trevor, Worthenbury, Wynnstay
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation