Visit Wrexham/Wrecsam and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Wrexham, Wrexham. Since the extension of its boundaries in 1935, Wrexham has claimed to be the largest town in North Wales. It is mainly English in speech and style of building. Its most interesting feature is the Church of St Giles, built in 1472, with a tower nearly 140 ft high. This was traditionally listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Its sculptured ornamentation is typical of its relatively late period.
It is here that Eliugh (or Elihu) Yale is buried. In 1637 his father emigrated from the ancestral mansion of Plas-yn-lal, and Elihu was born in Boston, Massachusetts. It was his recruitment from England, where he had returned at the age of four, into the East India Company that can be said to have founded the University of Yale; for, having governed Fort Madras from 1687 to 1692, he sent to Newhaven, Connecticut, a cargo of books and of Indian goods that were successfully sold for the sum of £562 12s. 0d. The University he thus initiated has a Wrexham Tower in its Memorial Quadrangle; the tomb he rests in was restored by the University in 1874. Its epitaph on him is famous:
Born in America, in Europe bred, in Africa travelled and in Asia wed, Where long he lived and thrived: in London dead.
Much good, some ill he did: so hope's all even,
And that his soul through mercy's gone to heaven.
You that survive and read his tale take care
For this most certain exit to prepare.
When blest in peace, the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the silent dust.
There are echoes in this poem, but they are from excellent sources.
Although Oswestry, not far away, is in Shropshire within the marchlands of Wales and not in Wales itself, it must be mentioned here. In its parish church, badly damaged in the Civil Wars but restored by 1664, is a canopied monument of the Yale family, with kneeling effigies in a style that lingered into the 17th century, of Hugh and Dorothy Yale, kin to Elihu and his father, and carrying the date 1616.
South East of Wrexham is Bangor-Is-Coed, the site of what was claimed to be the largest and oldest foundation of the Celtic Church, destroyed by the Northumbrian army about A.D. 615. But a visit to Llansantifraid Glynceiriog, no more than 11 miles away in the beautiful Ceiriog valley, revives American interest. In the village Memorial Hall, a tablet was set in 1934 in memory of Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the American Declaration of Independence, and whose Summary View of the Rights of British America had a deep influence both in the American Colonies and in Britain. Its argument applied the fundamental principles of Magna Carta to the theme that, whatever allegiance the Colonies might owe to the Crown, they were legally independent of rule from Westminster. He was born and died in America, between 1743 and 1826. But his forebears seem to have come from Snowdonia in Wales. His argument had a precedent in the institution of the principality. By contrast, Judge Jeffreys, the hanging judge of the Bloody Assizes that stamped out the embers of the Monmouth rebellion against James II in the West Country, was also of Welsh descent: he was a Denbighshire man, born at Acton. 1 mile from Wrexham, in 1648.
But Llansantifraid in the lovely Ceinog valley has a gentler record in the memory of John Ceiriog Hughes, a farmer who was also a station-master but, dying in 1887, is better known as the Nightingale of Glyn Ceiriog; for he was a poet - a poet among the Philistines, as his biographer records. The village of Llansantifraid Glynceiriog has its whole Institute dedicated to him.
Nearby cities: Chester
Nearby towns: Chirk, Ellesmere, Llangollen, Ruthin, Whitchurch
Nearby villages: Acrefair, Aldford, Balderton, Bangor-is-y-coed, Belgrave, Brymbo, Burton, Caergwrle, Cefn-y-Bedd, Coddington, Coedpoeth, Erbistock, Farndon, Farndon, Ffrith, Gresford, Gyfelia, Hanmer, Holt, Hope, Leeswood, Llong, Marchwiel, Minera, Nercwys, Overton, Padeswood, Penley, Pontybodkin, Poulton, Pulford, Rhosllanerchrugog, Rossett, Ruabon, Treuddyn, Trevor, Worthenbury, Wynnstay
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