Those of us who live, work and play in Wrexham are very lucky. Why? Because we’re blessed with loads of gorgeous little villages crammed full of history, culture and breathtaking architecture. Plus, lots of shopping of course! And we’re going to talk about one every week until you’ve got a comprehensive guide to our wonderful town.
We’ll start with the lovely village of Rossett, where we currently have our office on Station Road and we love it! There’s a free car park right in the centre of the high street, and it’s got a really great vibe to it. Because of its location, shoppers from both sides of the border flock there to get Botox treatment at Pure Perfection Beauty, gather together for a family portrait at Ian Williams Photography or treat themselves to some delicious home made chocolates at Aballu Artisan Chocolatier – housed in a building called The Cocoa Rooms, where non-drinkers would go to escape the growing popularity of pubs serving alcohol in Victorian times. But don’t worry - if you fancy a pint and a bite to eat at lunchtime, Rossett still has plenty of places to do so, like the beautiful 13th-Century Golden Grove, the reputably haunted Golden Lion and the Alyn, where you can enjoy a drink overlooking the river of the same name.
Made up of Rossett, Burton, Burton Green and Lavister, picturesque Rossett is surrounded by flat, open farmland and is tucked away off the A483. Its name comes from the words Hros (Horse) and Set (settlement) and neighbours Marford and Holt. And although it is by no means Wrexham’s biggest village, it has more than its fair share of listed-buildings with a colourful history, and some great local businesses.
One of Rossett’s best examples of a listed-building is Rossett Mill. Built in 1544 to serve the villagers of Allington, Gresford, Burton and Llay, the original structure was demolished before being rebuilt in 1588 by Sir John Trevor – a prevalent local landowner, who further extended the building in 1661. A young JMW Turner sketched the mill in 1795 on his travels around Wales and until recently, it was producing wholemeal flour to buy and was open to the public but has now been put up for auction.
Sir John Trevor was also responsible for building Trevalyn Hall in the village too. Recognised as one of North Wales’s most important Elizabethan manor houses, the property still has deer parks and an orchard, though both are now empty and used as arable farmland.
Other grade-11 listed buildings include the Rossett Hall Hotel. This was originally an Elizabethan manor house, this time built by John Boydell in 1750, who went on to become Mayor of London. There’s also Christ Church on Chester Rd, which includes a grade-11 listed World War 1 memorial in its churchyard.
So, whether you come to Rossett for business, pleasure or something else. Make sure you come soon.]]>