The Wynnstay Arms

The Wynnstay Arms, High Street, Grade II Listed

The street frontage was built in 1780, with the lower right hand section added in the early 19th century (if you look closely at the picture, you can see that the architectural styles of the two builds are slightly different).

 

The first mention of an inn on this site was in 1702 when it was called The George.  Its later name, from about 1730, was The Eagles, named after the three spread eagles, shown on the coat of arms of its then owners, the Williams-Wynn family of Ruabon.  The hotel (as it was by then) gave it’s name to the meadow land found to the rear and Eagles Meadow is a name still in use today for the new shopping development built on the site of the former meadow.  Wynnstay Hall was the name of the family’s home in Ruabon and the hotel took this name in about 1822; however, it continued to be known locally by its former name for many years after.

 

Sadly, only the grand old façade of this Wrexham landmark survives.  The rest of the building was demolished in the early 1970s.  An entirely new hotel was constructed behind the old façade and opened in 1973 as The Crest.  Thankfully, the establishment reverted to its old name in 1985.

 

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