Some HistoryPromises, promises
My wife said she had copious notes on the history of Rossett. She also said she knew exactly where they were.
They still haven't appeared . . . . but let's start a Timeline anyway from information gleaned from the Web and elsewhere!
|1086||The Lower Mill mentioned in the Domesday Book|
|1474||The Upper Mill is built|
|1576||There is some evidence to suggest that the building of Trevalyn Hall was started by John Trevor III|
|1620||Reference in a written survey that a knight known as Richard Trevor held a chapel at Yr Orsedd Goch in Allington called the chapel of St Peter. This had a piece of common land adjoining it which was 140 feet long and 72 feet wide. This is now the children's playground opposite Rossett Hall.|
|1661||Upper Mill (Rossett Mill) extended and renovated, replacing the earlier one.|
|1675||Plans were made to build a road from Rossett to Holt. Apparently the two main obstacles were boggy ground and the need to build a bridge across the Alyn, just beyond Allington, that was capable of carrying fully laden wagons.|
|1840||The parish of Rossett was formed out of the parish of Gresford, comprising the Denbighshire townships of Allington (Trefalun) and Burton, and the detached Flintshire townships of Marford and Hoseley|
|1841||The new parish church was built and consecrated as Christ Church. It was said to have been of "somewhat eccentric design, both inside and out"|
|1846||Rossett Station built by GWR.|
|1859||Village School built in Station Road - and extended in 1860!|
|1862||Burton School built|
Hafod Alyn (Strathalyn) built
|1870||Heating using hot water pipes introduced into Christ Church|
|1875||Foundation stone of new Presbyterian Chapel laid by American Evangelist Mr D L Moody.|
|1877||Presbyterian Chapel completed|
|1881||Cocoa Rooms (Rossett Institute) built|
|1890||Congregational Chapel built in Lavister|
|1891||Foundation stone of a completely new parish church was laid on 1st May.|
|1892||New parish church consecrated on All Saints Day|
|1911||Church Hall built on Station Road|
|1921||The new bridge over the Alyn was opened on 16th July|
|1940||Burton School closes|
|1950||New school built in Chapel Lane to replace the old one in Station Road|
|1955||Old Village School in Station Road demolished - now the Car Park|
|1956||Rossett Station's buildings demolished (station axed by Beeching in the 60's)|
|1960||Rossett Signal Box opened more details and a picture here|
|1972||Roman Catholic Church built on corner of Harwoods Lane|
Lower Mill renovated and converted into offices (now BASC)
|1974||Rossett moves from Denbighshire to Clwyd|
|1986||Rossett Signal Box closed!|
|1996||Rossett moves from Clwyd to Wrexham County Borough|
|1998||Horace Jones Ironmongers closes|
Odds & Ends
was once called Harry Witts Lane and also, perhaps, Heriot Lane.
The Golden Lion
was reputed to have been haunted by 'Old Jeffrey' who was hanged for murder in Ruthin and his body sent to Rossett to be gibbeted. A wooden palette was used which afterwards was used in the construction of the Inn. More details at Historical Gems Paranormal North Wales
Can you help?
Do you have any details of the history of Rossett? Do you know any of the history of the Upper and Lower Mills? What about Trevalyn Hall? When was the bridge over the Alyn originally built and when was the "modern" one built?
What to Do
Apart from helping my wife to find her notes, perhaps you have some details that we can use to chronicle the history of our village. If you have, and you would like us to publish them, send them to the Webmaster at the address on the Contact Page.
If you have such information stored on a computer, perhaps you could Email it to me.
Note that all items to be published must be copyright free - ie your own pictures, or you have permission to "publish" the information.
Your Name on the Web
All pictures, photographs and information published on the web will be accredited to you, unless you specifically request to remain "anonymous".
Getting your items back
If you are sending photographs, pictures, articles etc. through the post, don't forget to enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope, so they can be returned to you. If you live close by in the village, perhaps I might cycle round to return them personally!
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