|Pentre Bychan shown within Wrexham|
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The ancient monument Offa's Dyke runs through Pentre Bychan.
In 1620 the estate was purchased by Hugh Meredith. The Meredith family, who owned several local coal mines, occupied the estate until 1802 when Thomas Meredith, the last of the male line, died. The family traced their ancestry to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys. The Hall and estate were described as among the most extensive in the area. Many of the Welsh place names on the estate in the days of the early Merediths are extant today.
In 1823 the hall was replaced with a larger, three storey, dressed-stone building with gables, which had a stable block and coachhouse at the rear. The hall was surrounded by landscaped gardens which included a brick dovecote which dated back to 1721, a "fine example of an eighteenth century dovecote", Grade II listed since 1977.
The notable Arts & Crafts architect Frank Shayler designed two houses on Pentre Bychan Road,`Barn Hey' and `Cae Glyn'. There were intended to be a group of twelve houses on the frontage of Pentrebychan Hall, but construction, commenced in 1936, was halted by the Second World War and never completed.
The Wrexham crematorium was built on the site, on Pentre Bychan Road, off Smithy Lane, and opened in 1966. The house's magnificent gardens and woods remain, together with the dovecote; they are in the crematorium's 40 acre (16 ha) grounds and are maintained as semi natural woodland (including three pools and Pentrebychan brook).
Animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls. The grounds also consist of one ungrazed paddock which is kept as a wild meadow and an arboretum. A section of Offa's Dyke passes through the Crematorium grounds.
Llŷr Williams, classical pianist, was raised in Pentre Bychan, where his parents still live.
Pentre Bychan can be visited as part of one of Wrexham County Council's Countryside Walks.
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