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By the early years of the 19th century, the Broughton Hall estate had been divided up amongst a number of inheritors. Thanks to the industrial ambitions of an English-born Wrexham pastor, however, it was not to stay that way for long. Robert Pearce was one of the area’s less likely industrialists but still ranks among one of the most energetic.

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Raymond Lowe’s book Lost Houses in and around Wrexham is one of the few easily available resources for looking at the area’s unique architectural heritage. As the book’s title suggests, most of this heritage has now vanished. However, anyone walking down Darby Road from Brynteg and looking towards their right will be rewarded with the sight of a house that, according to Lowe, was demolished in 1948! This rare survivor is Broughton Hall, once the home of a family called Powell. From the 17th century, they were closely connected with the coal industry’s early development in Brymbo and Broughton, and even when the Hall had dwindled in status to a farmhouse, the old Powell estate was the site of collieries, brickworks and forges.
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