Travel writer suggests Wrexham would be better off if it was further from English border
A travel writer has suggested that Wrexham would be better off if it was further from the border with England.
Chris Moss made the suggestion about the town, which has gained worldwide attention since Wrexham AFC was taken over by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in an article for The Guardian on “unheralded areas”.
He said that Wrexham, which is six miles from the English border, “might have been better off if it could shirk off the old yoke and shift farther into Cymru.”
The writer also claimed that “Wrexham confounds English notions about Wales” of a “fantasy island of Merlin and Arthurian myth, the unpeopled Green Desert”.
In the article for the London-based liberal news organisation, he included the town as one of “6 great British places not in the guidebooks”.
It features alongside Warrington, Blackburn and Darwen, Surbiton, Birkenhead and Elephant & Castle (London).
Moss said: “There’s no such thing as a crap town, only crap travellers!
On Wrexham, he said: “Wrexham confounds English notions about Wales – the fantasy island of Merlin and Arthurian myth, the unpeopled Green Desert, and laughingly tying one’s tongue over Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
“It’s six miles from the English border – and there is a sense that it might have been better off if it could shirk off the old yoke and shift farther into Cymru.
“The most purist form of tourism is to travel in search of nothing, whether that’s a colourful version of empty spaces (Patagonia, Death Valley, the central Asian steppe) or a ghost of what has been. Wrexham, from the latter viewpoint, is quite remarkable, a veritable Paris of what is lost.
He added: “Highlights of the missed include the former police station, a Brutalist masterpiece that was razed in November 2020; the mock Tudor vegetable market, demolished to make way for a BHS, now also extinct; Manchester, Birmingham and Yorkshire Squares, where trading in textiles, hardware and leather from those respective regions took place.
“The General Market (formerly the Butter Market, for dairy produce), built in 1879 in the famous Ruabon brick of this area, is the last edifice to evoke the glory days of Wrexham as a commercial hub. With plans to demolish the old Rhosddu vicarage and 18th-century Moreton pub – despite local protests – the ‘capital of north Wales’ seems anxious to keep emphasising the ‘wreck’ in Wrexham. As they say in the guidebooks, go before it’s gone.
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