Gwynfryn, Wrexham

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Gwynfryn
Limestone Quarry, Minera - geograph.org.uk - 72267.jpg
Part of the village of Gwynfryn, viewed across a former limestone quarry
Gwynfryn is located in Wrexham
Gwynfryn
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Gwynfryn shown within Wrexham
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53°03′58″N 3°06′22″W / 53.066°N 3.106°W / 53.066; -3.106Coordinates: 53°03′58″N 3°06′22″W / 53.066°N 3.106°W / 53.066; -3.106

Gwynfryn is a small mountain village in the community of Minera in Wrexham county borough, Wales. Its name, originally that of the village chapel, is formed from the Welsh words bryn, "hill", and gwyn, "white": "white hill". At the time of the 2001 census, its population combined with that of the neighbouring, larger village of Bwlchgwyn was 1,148.[1]

Like the neighbouring villages of Minera and Bwlchgwyn, Gwynfryn is associated with the development of lead mines and limestone quarries in the vicinity. It is situated at the head of the Clywedog Valley in a hilly limestone area.[2] The area was originally known as Plas-Gwyn ("white hall") Mountain, its name on the 1879 and 1900 Ordnance Surveys of Denbighshire, or as Pentre-Bais ("petticoat village"). According to a local story the latter name was changed to Gwynfryn by the disapproving village postmaster (or schoolmaster, in some versions).[3][4]

There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Gwynfryn, which in 1905 had a congregation of 194.[5] There was also a small Church in Wales chapel, St David's, which as of 2010 has been closed.

The musician, composer and Eisteddfod adjudicator Thomas Carrington (1881–1961) was born in Gwynfryn.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Statistics. "Neighbourhood statistics". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  2. ^ Landscape Character Area – Minera, Gwynfryn, Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham County Borough
  3. ^ Minera history, BBC North East Wales
  4. ^ The Wilcoxon Family, Minera History
  5. ^ Minera, GENUKI
  6. ^ Thomas Carrington, National Library of Wales