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Perhaps the earliest depiction of Brymbo Hall, from a 1748 panorama of Wrexham. At this time it was occupied by James Apperley.

Legal documents, particularly Chancery documents, from the 18th century and earlier can be heavy going. Elaborate but often miniscule secretary hand, specialist legal terminology and highly formal syntax can make their interpretation a matter best carried out at home using good photographic copies, a strong cup of tea and a lot of patience. Nevetheless, they can contain a lot of useful information for those tracing the history of a family or of an estate; particularly so if other family papers have not survived the passage of time. James Apperley, who occupied Brymbo during the middle years of the 18th century, is one person whose life can now be traced through old and for the most part long-forgotten court cases: as is his main legal adversary, Jane Wynne.

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As has been mentioned before, Brymbo township lacked any substantial villages until the 19th century. The agricultural labourers of preceding centuries might have lodged in the homes of the yeoman-farmers who employed them, or lived in small cottages on the edge of the farmland. With the growth of mining and quarrying after 1700, those who worked in the new industries no doubt followed the same pattern as seen elsewhere in Wales, and constructed small houses for themselves on the old common land at Harwood and around Bwlchgwyn. But it was not until well after 1800 that modern, planned settlements for the miners and other industrial workers of the area appeared. One of the earlier ones was Vron, a few rows of miner’s houses on Offa’s Dyke, almost directly south of Brymbo Hall.

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This post follows from my previous one about some of the early industrialists of the area.
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