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Industrial heritage

Help us to build a history archive using stories, photos and films to give an insight into the region's industrial past. This is what we have so far - and we're looking for more contributions...

Breweries
Wrexham Lager van
Wrexham Lager van

At one time it seemed Wrexham had a brewery on every corner. But it was the spring waters of Ruthin that gave rise to a popular non alcoholic drink, Ruthin Soda

Brickworks
Buckley's last chimney
Buckley's last chimney

North east Wales had 130 brickworks from the late 1800s, mainly as a consequence of the colliery industry. It's said bricks were Rhyl's first industry, 200 chimneys served Buckley's brickworks and Wrexham's Ruabon red bricks went around the world.

Canals and Trams

How the canal came to Wrexham, why it stopped at Llangollen, Thomas Telford's involvement and the connection with old tramways around the Ceiriog Valley, Cefn and Rhos.

Coal's legacy
Gresford Memorial
Gresford Memorial

There was no doubt that coal was once king with a coalfield stretching across the region. Former miners and their families have been sharing their memories to create a wealth of material revealing the industry's history and its legacy.

Farming
Evacuees
Evacuees

There's much we want to add to this section, not least around the stories of Women's Land Army members, evacuees and even World War II prisoners of war who came to work the fields.

Potteries
Horse-pulled tram
Horse-pulled tram

Why Buckley Mountain was once such an important pottery centre, how the pots were 'rolled' down to ships waiting on the Dee, and how the industry shaped local dialect.

Steelworks
Steelworkers
Steelworkers

Brymbo and Shotton steelworkers share stories of the past. Plus, we've sourced old photos and films to reveal what life was like inside the sprawling works.

Textile Mills
Courtaulds staff
Courtaulds staff

Courtaulds was once a major employer with mills at Flint and Holywell but even now, long after their demise, former workers are still sharing their recollections.

Tourism
Happy campers
Happy campers

Contributors share memories of annual stays at Rhyl and Prestatyn's holiday camps, as well as locals who earned their living - or even pocket money - from the visitors.

Transport
Rhyl Hovercraft
Rhyl Hovercraft

Looking back to a time when ships came up the Dee, when Queensferry's ferry was in business, Rhyl ran its hovercraft and Buckley had trams.

This is a growing local history archive so, if there's anything you want to share, then please get in touch.


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