Welcome to the Listed Buildings of Wrexham website.
I have written the site to help illustrate the rich architectural heritage of the town of Wrexham and the many fine buildings to be found within it's confines, which sadly, all too often, go unnoticed. Many who have lived in Wrexham all their lives have little or no awareness of the built environment around them. Most of us are too busy with our daily lives to take the time to look up, beyond the 21st century shop fronts and see what is above. If one did, one would see many of the fine, historical buildings to be found in the town, which range in age from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Over one hundred of them are listed, owing to their importance, and they provide a living record of the town’s long history.
I hope that this site will raise awareness of the town’s buildings, their importance, their aesthetic superiority to much modern building and the need to preserve them. Too many old buildings have been destroyed in the past, particularly in the last fifty years, and I believe that this has had a negative impact on the appearance and the culture of the town.
I have decided to concentrate on listed buildings, each has an account of it's history and a present day photograph, where it has been possible to take one. Included are details on the building's uses throughout it's existence, it's date of construction and any architectural information available.
I hope you enjoy reading the website.
What is a listed building?
A building is listed because it is considered to be of special architectural or historic Interest. A listed building may not be demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority. Owing to the importance of the buildings concerned, this permission is difficult to obtain. Most structures appearing on the lists are buildings, other structures such as bridges, monuments, sculptures, war memorials, and even milestones and mileposts are also included.
There are three levels of listed status for buildings in England and Wales. The more important the building, the higher its grade:
Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest - St Giles Parish Church is the only one to be found in the town of Wrexham.
Grade II * - particularly important buildings of more than special interest. There are two to be found in the town of Wrexham - 7 Town Hill and the Chequers building on Church Street.
Grade II - buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them - there are more than 100 in the town of Wrexham.
There are many more old and attractive buildings to be found in Wrexham but there are too many of them for me to detail on this website so I have chosen to restrict it to just the listed ones!