Nuisances in Rossett Green

Map of Rossett Green Area

Wrexham Advertiser 25 August 1866

Nuisances were a different matter back in this era. Rossett Green though seemed to have more than its fair share in the Wrexham area.

Rossett Green Area

In his book Reflections of a Bygone Age Raymond Lowe says by 1830 The Green had been totally enclosed by Chester Road, Chapel Lane, Holt Road and the short Lane above the children’s playing field. He goes on to say that at the lower part of the Green was a pond 60 yds by 55 yds.

Boards of Guardians were created by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, replacing the parish overseers of the poor established under the old poor law, following the recommendations of the Poor Law Commission.

Boards administered workhouses within a defined poor law union consisting of a group of parishes, either by order of the Poor Law Commission, or by the common consent of the parishes.

The first incarnation of the environmental health inspector was the Inspector of Nuisances, tasked with prowling poor neighbourhoods and stamping out insanitary habits.



Present: T. Edgworth, Esq., in the chair; Mr Wright, Ruabon, vice-chairman Mr Whaley, Allington; Mr Rasbotham, Llay Rev. T. Williams, Broughton; Rev. J. Jones, Gwersyllt; Mr Edwards, Wrexham Abbot; Mr Lester, Bersham; Mr Jones, Erddig Mr Davies, Abenbury Fechan; Mr Newns, Gresford. 


From Mr E. Morris, relieving officer, Caergwrle:— On property belonging to Watkin Williams, of Shordley, and occupied by John Lewis, there is a foul and offensive privy, the matter therefrom penetrating through the wall into the house of the said John Lewis. 

On property belonging to Henry Wilbraham, and others, occupied by John Youde, farmer, Caergwrle, the matter from the farm yard, and also from the dairy and kitchen overflows on to the township road for want of proper drainage, and is therefore very offensive and injurious to health.” 

Rossett Green, Allington. John Liversage has re- moved his midden, and his place is quite clean.

Rossett Green, Allington. On the property of John Moore, farmer, Harding Moore, occupied by Thomas Taylor, shoemaker, Rossett, the muddy ditch complained of by me last week has been partially remedied, still there is a quantity of stagnant matter. The land- lord, Mr Moore, has been to inspect the premises and says the road surveyor ought to fill it up. I consider this is the worst nuisance in that neighbourhood, and may be altered at a little expense. 

On the premises occupied by Thomas Thomas, blacksmith, Llay Smithy, there is a midden used by Thomas Thomas, Edward Jones, William Growford, John Finchett, Thomas Weatherby, and Robert Williams. This midden is within a short distance from these houses, and the liquid running on the side of the turnpike-road. W. Sisson, Llay Hall, rents these cottages. This will be removed.

In the High Lane, Llay. On the property of Elizabeth Tilston, occupied by Edward Kenrick, George Williams, and Ellis Williams have pig-sties built on the side of the highway. The liquid from these sties and the middens runs on the highway, which is very offensive to persons passing by. I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant, ED. LAWLEY, Inspector of Nuisances, Gresford. 

From P.C. Lawley, Inspector of Nuisances for Gresford : ” I beg leave to report that some of the nuisances previously complained of are abated.

Rossett Green, Allington. On the property of John Jones, Neptune Inn, Saltney, occupied by Thomas Price, Samuel Carwright, James Liversage, and Thomas Gibson, three middens have been removed, and Mr Jones is having cesspools made so as to prevent filth being deposited on the highway and is also having a large hole where the manure was kept filled up. 

Gun-street, Rossett, Allington. Mr Peters, of Brynyorkin, has drained his houses at the back, and has done some little at the pig-sties, but has not completed them yet.

Rossett Green, Allington. On the property of Ann Edwards, shopkeeper, Rossett, occupied by Elizabeth Gilham, Mary Gibson, and Robert Griffiths. The muddy surface drains complained of by me have been filled up with gravel, and two cesspools made, which is not complete yet. The middens are also removed and a cesspool made to contain the liquid from the pig-sties, which is not compete.

Rossett Green. William Taylor is filling up the ditch at the side of the highway, but is not quite completed.”

VE Day – 75th Anniversary

War Memorial

End of WW2 in Europe

The 8th May this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.

On 4 May just east of Hamburg British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of German forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark. On 7 May, at his headquarters in Reims, France, Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of all German forces. 

The act of military surrender by Nazi Germany was first signed at 02:41 on 7 May 1945 in SHAEF HQ at Reims and a slightly modified document was signed on 8 May in Berlin.

Rossett War Memorial

Service men and women from every corner of the UK played their part in the victory. The UK had 450,700 military and civilian fatalities.

Many residents of Rossett took part and some paid the ultimate price.  The War Memorial at the front of Christ Church commemorates those unfortunate few.

The Rossett War Memorial was designated a Grade II listed building by Cadw in 1996.

Names on the Memorial Panels (1939-1945)

Information where available includes: Rank, Name & Service Number, Served With, Date Died, Age, Details of Parents, Cemetery or Memorial, 1939 Register Information

Bennion, Alfred
Private 13050627. Died 12/03/1944 aged 29.
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Burma).
1939: Alfred was living at 8 Pultation Cottages with his Widowed Mother Ellen, Brother Thomas and Sister Beryl.
Bolton, Thomas Gilbert Benson
Lieutenant 71457. Died 31/08/1944 aged 27.
Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Son of Edward John and Florence Maude Bolton.
Buried Gauhati War Cemetery, Assam, India.  
1939: Thomas’ mother Florence was living in Rossett Hall
Brotherton, George
Seaman LT/JX 303176. Died 23/11/1943.
Royal Naval Patrol Service – HMS Santa. 
Lowestoft Naval Memorial.
1939: George was living at Briar Cottage, Vicarage Lane, Gresford with his parents William and May; and his brother John
Chapman, Frank William
Sapper 1895293. Died 21/05/1943 aged 24.
Royal Engineers.
Son of William and Elizabeth Mary Chapman.
Buried Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.
1939: Franks parents William and Elizabeth were living in Main Road Cottages, Lavister; together with his 3 brothers Oswald, Wilfred and Clement.
Davies, Reginald A.
No details known.
Finchett, Ernest
Private 4200996. Died 23/09/1944 aged 29
2nd Airbourne Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.
Groesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands
1939: Ernest was living at 38 Waverley Crescent with his widowed mother Sarah and 3 brothers Charles, Thomas and William.
Finchett, Thomas Henry
Private 14657839. Died 12/04/1945 aged 21.
2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
Buried Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh.
1939: See above.
Hawkins, Ralph Hamilton
Sergeant 1462088. Died 24/11/1943 aged 23.
Royal Artillery.
Son of James and Charlotte Hawkins.
Buried Christ Church Churchyard, Rossett.
1939: His parents and 2 sisters Muriel and Dorothy and brother William were living at Newhaven, Chester Road.
Jackson, James Henry
Private 3718668. Died 12/07/1944 aged 26.
Devonshire Regiment.
Son of Frederick Charles and Ada May Jackson.
Buried Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
1939: Living at 8 Cromer Crescent with his parents, sister Dorothy and 2 other siblings.
Johnson, Arthur
Gunner 958456. Died 12/06/1944 aged 25.
Royal Artillery.
Son of Frederick and Alice Johnson.
Buried Bayeux War Cemetery, France.
1939: Arthurs parents were living at 5 Waverley Crescent with his siblings Harold, Leonard and Beryl.
Lowe, Ralph Frederick Manley
Major 13132. Died 05/01/1946 aged 48.
Royal Artillery.
Son of Francis Manley and Beatrice Mary Lowe; husband of Margaret Lowe.
Born Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
Buried Christ Church Churchyard, Rossett.
Connection with Rossett unknown.
Lucking, Kenneth Stephen Bamfylde
Captain 42126. Died 19/05/1940.
Cheshire Regiment.
Buried Isieres Communal Cemetery, Hainaut Belgium.
Connection with Rossett unknown.
A Lucking family were living in Darland Hall at this time. 
Phoenix, George Dennis
Sergeant 2215390. Died 11/04/1944.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of George Phoenix and of Annie Phoenix.
Buried Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard.
1939: Georges parents and siblings were living at 12 Cromar Crescent.
Roberts, Ernest Verdun Carnoy
Lance Corporal T/172870. Died 04/04/1941 aged 22.
Royal Army Service Corps.
Alamein Memorial.
1939: Ernest was living with his parents Charles and Elizabeth, and sister Dorothy at 4 Pultation Cottages, Rossett Road.
Samuel, Frank Blelock
Flying Officer 104454. Died 08/01/1943 aged 20.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Harold and Helen Samuel.
Alamein Memorial.
1939: Frank was living with his widowed father Harold and 2 siblings in Darland Cottages. He was still at school.
Sprent, William Swanson
Sergeant 1133844. Died 13/09/1942 aged 20.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Buried Yatesbury (All Saints) Churchyard.
1939: William was probably living with his widowed mother Agnes at Bodalyn on Chester Road.
Suckley, Harry L.
Private 366370. Died 06/06/1944 aged 23.
Parachute Regiment.
Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Suckley; husband of Beatrice Violet Suckley of Dover, Kent.
Bayeux Memorial.
1939: Harrys parents were living at 18 Harwoods Lane with 4 siblings Nellie, Arthur, Gwendoline and Gladys.


1939 Register:
The 1939 Register was taken on 29 September 1939. The information was used to produce identity cards and, once rationing was introduced in January 1940, to issue ration books. Information in the Register was also used to administer conscription and the direction of labour, and to monitor and control the movement of the population caused by military mobilisation and mass evacuation.

The records of the 1939 Register were subsequently used by the National Health Service at its inception in 1948 and became the NHS Central Register, transferred to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in 2007, and now called NHS Digital.

The records remained with the NHS up until 1991 – therefore most changes of name between 1939 and 1991 are listed in the records. Although all changes of name or address should have been notified, this did not always happen, and it was no longer a legal requirement after the National Registration Act was repealed in 1952. Changes of address were recorded only at the local level, and so do not appear in the 1939 Register.

TNA – The National Archives
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Clwyd Family History Society
Find My Past
Welsh Newspapers Online 

St Peter’s Well

Location Map of St Peters Well

Is it now time for this medieval Holy Well associated with the lost St Peter’s Chapel to be reinstated as an additional tourist attraction for our village?

St Peter’s was a private chapel of the Lord of the commot of Marford.

It was pulled down at the end of the 18th century and the bell was taken to Trevalyn Hall.

The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Ian Taylor.
Ian is the author of the Well Hopper website.
(Exploring the ancient holy wells and healing wells of North Wales).

St Peter’s Well Rossett by Ian Taylor

Article dated –

There could be those who don’t want you to visit St Peter’s Well at Rossett. It may not be protected by a strange force field or guarded by a secret society of mysterious albino monks; but the spring is surrounded by lengths of severe rusty old barbed wire half hidden in the undergrowth. The field in which the well lies is further surrounded by an insurmountable barbed wire fence, and the padlocked field gate has similar wire wound around all the cross bars. St Peter’s Well does not welcome visitors these days.

The Report of the visit by the CPAT archaelogists in 2011 states 
“The owner could not be located, and the field access has a locked and barb-wired gate prohibiting entry”. [1]

Whatever happened to the Indiana Jones spirit?

The coflein record describes St Peter’s chapel well as “450yds North West of chapel, now choked, but spring still flows”. This remains an accurate description. It was impossible to identify the precise spot at which the spring rose in the dense undergrowth; however the water does still flow, and produces a stream which flows along to  Llyndir Lane forming the boundary between two fields.

Somewhere in the mass of undergrowth and wire below is the spring

The stream flowing out from St Peter’s Chapel Well


Francis Jones records St Peter’s (Ffynnon Bedr) as being – possessed a reputation for the cure of sore eyes and sprained limbs, and was still being visited at the beginning of the present (20th) century. I suspect it is rarely visited for any reason now.

[1] CPAT Report 1090 April 2011. See links page for CPAT website.

This Article – All text and photographs (c) Ian Taylor

Flood Risks & Household Insurance in Rossett

Alyn Pub 3 March 2020

RFG members have been following up on Item 2 from the meeting held on 8th March. We have now had a response from the Association of British Insurers regarding our query in the LL12 0DS area (Bellis Site location). We are advised that as ABI are the trade body for insurance companies, they are unable to comment on coverage for individual properties. However, we hope you find the information they have provided below useful. 

The ABI Commented

The insurance industry worked with Government to develop Flood Re, a world first insurance scheme which creates a competitive market for high flood risk homes by enabling householders to access affordable flood cover.  Further information on Flood Re is available on their website and there is a list of eligible insurers here

However, it is worth noting that for a property to be eligible for the scheme it must be built before 1 January 2009.  This specific criteria was agreed with Government in an effort to not incentivise developers building in areas of flood risk. Residents can check there whether their property can qualify for Flood Re here

 Improving the planning process to prevent inappropriate developments in high flood risk areas and including sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in all new developments have long been key campaigning asks the ABI has made to the Government. While there is a clear need for affordable homes, it is short sighted to build them in areas at high risk of flooding and SuDS will help to mitigate the risk of surface water flooding. 

 Finally, if you or any other residents are struggling to find cover, as well as speaking to insurers directly, you can use an insurance broker. The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) runs a ‘Find Insurance’ service, which can be contacted at or 0370 950 1790. A broker will be able to discuss options regarding insurance coverage.

The Focus Group View

RFG view regarding the Flood Re insurers list is that, it may be useful to those people who cannot get Insurance. Bear in mind that 5 insurers on that list have already declined insurance cover locally on houses built before 2009. If you are not insured with them already they are not obliged to quote. From our knowledge we have found that properties with postcodes LL12 0HB, LL12 0ED, LL12 0EJ and LL12 0DZ, have been refused Flood insurance by Allianz, AXA, Direct Line, LV= and NFU. These are just 5 of the Companies on the list refusing flood insurance to the property postcodes listed, but there may be others of which we are unaware.

Response to Welsh Govermment (TAN15)

We have responded to the Welsh Government Consultation on Flood Risks (TAN15) and along with the ABI we are hoping for significant improvements in the way Flood Risks and the Issue of Flood Insurance Consultations are handled.

We have recommended much greater Planning involvement with the Insurance Industry and utilisation of historic local flood records to alleviate future flood risk problems.  We are advised that the updated TAN 15 should be published very soon possibly in April 2020, but this might be delayed in the current pandemic circumstances.

Judicial Review Update

North Field 2016

Land North and South of Holt Road, Rossett

Following the advice (Counsels Opinion) of a Barrister in London Rossett Focus Group (RFG) decided that there was no merit in proceeding with a Judicial Review of the Ministers decision on the Planning Appeal for the above site.

Our Barrister examined all the issues surrounding the decision and advised that there were insufficient grounds to make a legal challenge and that if successful, which was unlikely, the matter would be referred straight back to the same Minister to make again the decision having corrected any procedural errors. The courts will only override a decision based on a failure to follow the law, they will not over turn a bad decision if the law or procedures have been followed.

We were advised that it was:

Important to remember that even if successful, the appeal will simply be remitted back to the Minister to redetermine – if you believe the Ministers are committed to pushing it through (for the sake of the LDP) then it is likely to be a pyrrhic victory.

In view of the substantial costs likely to arise from an unsuccessful challenge RFG would be seen to be throwing good money away. In our Barristers Opinion the case put forward by the Council was lightweight, the Inspectors Report was equally thin and that of the Minister was ever more so.

Counsel examined the question:
“was RFG’s evidence properly considered and advised?”

The Inspector dealt with it very briefly – a list of bullet points, compared with detailed discussion of Council and Developer’s cases.

However, lots of caselaw confirming that decision makers only need to deal with the main issues, they don’t have to address every point or rehearse all arguments made.

Clear that the material was before the Inspector, it is on PINS portal and bullet points do cover all issues raised, although cursory.

No realistic prospect of arguing that RFG’s evidence was

Going Forward

Our Counsel felt the best solution was to mount challenges at Reserved Matters stage bearing in mind the site has yet to be sold and the Minister has reduced the term to reach Reserved Matters from 3 years to 2 and there was strong evidence to suggest that the conditions imposed on  outline approval for 132 houses may not be able to be discharged by the SUDs Board.

Overall the advice was to continue to resist this development in every arena possible over the next 2 years even up to the time the last brick is laid, if that should happen. 

This we will endeavour so to do on behalf of all the villagers, so we may need some help from time to time. 

At present we have raised matters with the Association of British Insurers re this development and also seeking the guidance of the Equality Rights Commission (Wales) on footway issues. We are also making representations in a number of other areas and we will keep you informed on progress.

Boundary Changes – Village Meeting

Map of station road area

A well attended Community Council meeting took place at the Village Hall to discuss the proposed boundary changes to the Rossett and Burton Parish (see map below). The meeting was chaired by Alan Parrington with Hugh Jones giving a clear explanation of the proposals.

Everyone was allowed to have their say. A vote at the end of the discussion was unanimous in that we do not want the current boundaries to be changed. In case you are unaware of the proposal, the recommendation is to take Station Road and part of Lavister into the Burton Ward and combine it with Llay. Yes! that includes the church, the doctors, the dentist, etc. The Local Democracy & Boundary Commission Officers have obviously never visited our village.

The next step is to send letters of objection to Lesley Griffiths our (invisible) AM and the Boundary Commission. Example letters are available for download. They can be found in the Links/Files menu of the page.

Maps Showing Locations of Proposed Boundary

Map shows the proposed boundary of the Llay ward
Proposed Boundary Changes
The green line indicates the proposed boundary at Station Road
New Boundary – Left Llay, Right Rossett

RFG Meeting – 8 March

RFG Icon

A smaller gathering than usual of RFG members met last night to consider our responses to recent events. Items I can share as follows:

  1. One of our members is writing to the Health Board to ask if the Emergency Clinic is located in a suitable position given its limitations.
  2. We are aware of Insurance companies refusing to quote for properties in our area due to flood risk. We would ask for you to respond to this note if you or one of your relatives/neighbours has been refused. Please give Name of Insurance Company and the Postcode of the address.
  3. We shall be writing an objection to the proposed boundary change to the Rossett Ward. Please try to attend the Community Council Meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 12th March 7:45pm to understand the impact.
  4. Some of our members will be attending the LDP hearing on Housing Provision. Please try to come along and see what we are up against. Starts 09:30 Wednesday 11th March in The Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, LL12 7AG
  5. We continue our boycott of Bellis Brothers (Holt) and urge other Rossett residents to do likewise.
  6. We wish our new village business Cwtch Ceramics every success and look forward to a regular coffee and cake. Opens this Tuesday 10th.

We shall have an update on a Judicial Review later this week. Two local residents have funded the Barristers Opinion. We are still looking into the crowdfunding option once we understand all the costs.

Welcome To Rossett Village

village sign

Welcome to the launch of the new community website for the Rossett Focus Group.  The RFG was formed in 2018 in response to the continual intervention of developers and council planners. These “non-residents” are intent on causing unnecessary and uncontrolled development of the village.  Much of which is unsustainable and badly thought out.

The website will keep you updated on our actions to protect the village. We hope therefore that you will join us in the fight to maintain sustainability of services in and around the village.  There will be occasions when we need your help – many voices are better than a few.