Abenbury

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Abenbury is a local government community, the lowest tier of local government, part of the Wrexham County Borough in Wales. It is situated south-east of Wrexham town and includes the village of Pentre Maelor and part of the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

A disused "tin tabernacle" in the community of Abenbury, Wrexham County Borough, near the village of Pentre Maelor.

The ancient parish of Wrexham included the townships of Abenbury Fawr (or "Big Abenbury") and Abenbury Fechan (or "Little Abenbury"). The township of Abenbury Fechan was one of several exclaves of Flintshire and was only transferred to Denbighshire in 1884. The historian A. N. Palmer argued that the name Abenbury probably had a compound Welsh and English origin, noting there was a farm called "Coed Aben" in the township.[1]

The civil parish of Abenbury was created in 1935 from parts of the old townships of Abenbury Fawr and Erlas: it was the basis of the community of Abenbury when this was created under the Local Government Act 1972.[2]

At the 2001 census, the community had a population of 718 in 277 households,[3] the population increasing to 1,678 at the 2011 Census.[4] The majority of residents live in the village of Pentre Maelor, which was originally built in 1947 to house workers from nearby factories.[5] The community also includes a large rural area and the Llwyn Onn estate on the outskirts of Wrexham, all of which are governed by Abenbury Community Council (Welsh: Cyngor Cymuned Abenbury).

Coordinates: 53°01′59″N 2°56′12″W / 53.03306°N 2.93667°W / 53.03306; -2.93667

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, A. N. A History of Ancient Tenures of Land in North Wales and the Marches, 1910, p.242
  2. ^ Wrexham Registration District, GENUKI
  3. ^ Abenbury, Office for National Statistics
  4. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Wrexham Industrial Estate Policing Team[permanent dead link], North Wales Police