Pentre Bychan

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Pentre Bychan
Pentre Bychan from Bersham Tip (geograph 2485644).jpg
Pentre Bychan
Pentre Bychan is located in Wrexham
Pentre Bychan
Pentre Bychan
Location within Wrexham
OS grid reference SJ306477
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WREXHAM
Postcode district LL14
Dialling code 01978
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
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UK
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Wrexham
53°01′19″N 3°02′06″W / 53.022°N 3.035°W / 53.022; -3.035Coordinates: 53°01′19″N 3°02′06″W / 53.022°N 3.035°W / 53.022; -3.035

Pentrebychan (variously spelled as either one word or two, with the literal Welsh language meaning of "little village") is a semi-rural hamlet in the county borough of Wrexham, Wales

It is situated between Rhostyllen and Johnstown in the ward and community of Esclusham, some 4 km south-west of Wrexham town centre.

History

The ancient monument Offa's Dyke runs through Pentre Bychan.

The Pentrebychan estate was once of great importance in the area. The 16th-century house originally belonged to the Tegin family. It was a single-storey building, half-timbered with wattle and daub.

In 1620 the estate was purchased by Hugh Meredith. The Meredith family, who owned several local coal mines, occupied the estate until 1802 when Thomas Meredith, the last of the male line, died. The family traced their ancestry to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys. The Hall and estate were described as among the most extensive in the area. Many of the Welsh place names on the estate in the days of the early Merediths are extant today.

In 1823 the hall was replaced with a larger, three storey, dressed-stone building with gables, which had a stable block and coachhouse at the rear. The hall was surrounded by landscaped gardens which included a brick dovecote which dated back to 1721, a "fine example of an eighteenth century dovecote", Grade II listed since 1977.

The hall was used to house refugees during World War II. It was purchased in 1948 by Denbighshire County Council, who at the time administered the area, but was demolished in 1963.

The Wrexham crematorium was built on the site, on Pentre Bychan Road, off Smithy Lane, and opened in 1966. The house's magnificent gardens and woods remain, together with the dovecote; they are in the crematorium's 40 acre (16 ha) grounds and are maintained as semi natural woodland (including three pools and Pentrebychan brook).

Animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls. The grounds also consist of one ungrazed paddock which is kept as a wild meadow and an arboretum. A section of Offa's Dyke passes through the Crematorium grounds.[1]

The notable Arts & Crafts architect Frank Shayler designed a pair of houses of rustic brick beneath sand-faced clay tiles in the grounds of the former Pentrebychan Hall in 1936, developed speculatively. Originally intended to be a group of twelve, initial sales were slow due to being marketed at a relatively high value. As a consequence, only two were built with construction subsequently halted by the Second World War.

Local businesses

Dee Valley Water and Scottish Power are prominent businesses located on the Wrexham Road at Packsaddle Bridge.

Notable residents

John Share Jones MBE, veterinary surgeon and Liberal Party candidate, lived at Pentrebychan Hall.

Susan Elan Jones, Labour MP for Clwyd South since 2010, lives on the outskirts of the village.

Llŷr Williams, classical pianist, was raised in Pentre Bychan, where his parents still live.

Countryside Walk

Pentre Bychan can be visited as part of one of Wrexham County Council's Countryside Walks.[2]

References

  1. ^ [1] Wrexham Council website page.
  2. ^ [2]
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