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Llay is a village in the town of Wrexham, North Wales. It borders with several other villages like Gwersyllt and Gresford. Prior to the 1960s, Llay was a mining village with the pit being a big employer for the village.

Places of interest
There is a country park in Llay called Alyn Waters Country Park, which has a sister country park in Gwersyllt of the same name. At the Country Park is the nine hole pitch and putt and driving range called Fore Golf, which reopened in 2003 after previously shutting down in 1999.

There are three churches in the village of Llay, including St. Martin's.

Ironically, there are exactly the same amount of pubs in the village as churches. The three pubs are the Royal British Legion, The Crown Pub and Llay Miners Welfare (or Miners Welfare Institute).

The Miners Welfare, as well as being a pub and members club, provides sports, social and business facilities such as cabaret rooms, conferences and sports grounds for hire. The Welfare had its grand opening in 1931 after negotiations in 1929 for monies to build a Miners Institute with sports facilities and playground (read more on the Welfare's history on their official site). The Welfare is currently seeking grants and funding for improvements to benefit Llay and the surrounding area, with some success so far: a lift for accessibility, new front foyer, a MUGA AstroTurf pitch and improvements to the conference rooms including internet access.

There is an Industrial Estate in Llay, which includes a Sharp Electronics factory.

Famous Past and Current Residents of Llay

  • Dennis Taylor 1985 World Snooker Championship winner and BBC commentator
  • Terry Hennessey Former Welsh International footballer who played for Derby County in the 1970's. Now lives in Australia
  • Mark Hughes Current Blackburn Rovers Manager and Manchester United and Wales footballing Legend lived in the village until age four
  • Steve O'Shaughnessy Former Professional footballer who played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Rochdale and captained Darlington F.C.
  • Chris Armstrong Former Wrexham FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and England B Footballer was brought up by his adoptive parents in the village after being originally born in Newcastle upon Tyne.

 Football in Llay: Llay Welfare FC


 Pubs/Bars in Llay::
 The Crown Inn
       Llay
       Wrexham
       Clwyd
       LL12 0NT
 01978 852 380

 Mount Pleasant Inn
       Croeshowell
       Llay
       Wrexham
       Clwyd
       LL12 0NY
 01244 570 377


 Libraries in Llay::
 Llay Park Resource Centre
       Market Square
       Llay
       LL12 0TR
 01978 855100
 Mon 2.00-6.00 pm
       Tue 10.00-12.00 pm 1.00-5.00 pm
       Wed 1.00-5.00 pm
       Thur 1.00-5.00 pm
       Fri 2.00-6.00 pm
       Sat 10.00-1.00 pm


 Places of Worship in Llay:
 Christ the King (RC)
       Presbytery
       Llay Chain
       Llay
       Wrexham
       LL12 0NT
 01978 852297


 Retail in Llay:
 Co-op Late Shop
       Market Square
       Fifth Avenue
       Llay
       Wrexham
       LL12 0SA


 Schools/Colleges in Llay:
 Park C.P. Infants School
       School Road
       Llay
       Wrexham
       LL12 0TR
 01978 852414

 Park Junior School
       School Road
       Llay
       Wrexham
       LL12 0TR
 01978 853126


Llay (Llai) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
LLAY (LLAI), a hamlet, in that part of the parish of Gresford which is in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh, in the poor-law union of Wrexham, in North Wales, 5 miles (N. by W.) from Wrexham; containing 539 inhabitants. It is situated near the left bank of the river Alyn, and on the border of Flintshire. The great tithes, belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester, have been commuted for £220, and the vicarial tithes for £100; the impropriate glebe comprises 61a. 1r. 5p., and the vicarial 29a. 3r. 16p. Offa's Dyke passes between the township and the river.



 

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