is a densely populated urban village in the suburbs
. It forms part of the Wrexham Urban Area (pop 63,000) and is one of Wrexham's largest villages. It is situated in the north western suburbs of Wrexham County Borough
, bordering the nearby villages of Bradley, Llay
, Cefn-y-Bedd, Summerhill
and Sydallt. The name
is derived from the Welsh
word, "Gwersyll" meaning "campsite"''.
The village grew rapidly with the local coal mining
industry and the area was home to several collieries, of which many features still remain. In 1896, the Gwersyllt coal mine owned by Edward Griffiths had 185 employees with 167 below ground. It was in operation by 1881.
The area was situated between the collieries of the Moss Valley and Bradley, and it also had good infrastructure links, which included local railway (which is still in use), and prior to that, a section of canal, originally intended to form part of the Ellesmere Canal. A local street is named, Heol-y-Camlas, meaning Canal Road. Evidence of the canal cuttings can still be seen along the lane that links Bottom Road with Mold Road (at the Sydallt exit).
The village's church, Holy Trinity, is believed to date back to the 1800s, however there is no official documentation.
In the mid-20th century, largecouncil estates were built amongst the existing Georgian buildings. The area quickly gained popularity, and local services, including the local Holy Trinity School (which later became Ysgol Bryn Golau and Ysgol y Drindod, and which merged in 2005 to become Ysgol Heulfan), and Ysgol Bryn Alyn were built.
Services & Facilities
Residents of Gwersyllt benefit from many local facilities.
- Gwyn Evans Sports Centre, named after a local councillor and school teacher, this facility consists of a 25 metre swimming pool and multi-use sports hall. The venue is presently is home to the Gwersyllt Library, while its permanent building is being re-built. The facility is on the grounds of Ysgol Bryn Alyn, who use it regularly for physical education lessons.
- Gwersyllt Partnership Centre is a multi-use centre, formally the local health clinic, which offers citizens advice, nursery and products for mothers and babies.
- Gwersyllt Community Centre was the name of the building which housed Gwersyllt Library and leased out its rooms, and has recently been demolished to be re-built, expected to be complete by 2007.
- Gwersyllt Congregational Church is the oldest church in the village, and is Evangelical by nature.
- Gwersyllt railway station is the local railway station which links to many national lines, the nearest being Wrexham General railway station
- Supermarkets, including Somerfield and Lidl. The ground where the Lidl is at present was formally used by Co-op UK, however it was destroyed by fire in the early 1990s.
- Kwik Save Centre is a shopping precinct, formally headed by the supermarket chain Kwik Save. Its various shops include Iceland, Toymaster and a variety of independent retailers. In this state of time Kwik Save is known as Somerfield since early 2006.
- Schools, including Ysgol Bryn Alyn secondary school, Gwersyllt County Primary school and Ysgol Heulfan Primary School.
- Holy Trinity Church is of the Church in Wales Christian denominiation.
- The Studios is the headquarters of the former Marcher Radio Group, which produces and broadcasts radio programmes to Marcher Sound, Buzz 97.1, Coast 96.3, Champion FM 103 and the recently launched Wrexham and Chester Gold (formerly Classic Gold).
Other local services include local health clinic, hairdressing salon, café, public houses, convenience stores and open ground.
The majority of the area is council housing, which the major area is considered to be First Avenue
, which links to all the other major roads in the area. The nearest dual carriageway
is named the Mold Road
, which runs from Wrexham to Mold, which can be found at the bottom of the village.