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Alfred Palmer is perhaps the greatest Wrexham historian, followed closely by the academic A. H. Dodd. He was something of a pioneer of local history studies: while his interests retain a fundamentally 19th century bias, being focused on families of what he termed “considerable importance” and ignoring many humbler people, the level of detail he uncovered is a remarkable achievement for an amateur.

Palmer knew Brymbo very well, for his day job was as a chemist at the Brymbo ironworks. A piece in the Wrexham Advertiser published in the latter years of the 19th century shows that he was happy to act as a tour guide too, and in the process sheds some further light on one of Brymbo’s most persistent local tales.

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