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Minera. Photograph © Brian Mottershead

Minera (Welsh: Mwynglawdd) is a small village in the county borough of Wrexham in north-east Wales. It borders Coedpoeth to the east and Bwlchgwyn to the west.

Minera had always been an agricultural community, surrounded by farms, but lead mining had always gone on at Minera since the Middle Ages. During the industrial revolution, Minera transformed from a small hamlet into a large village. The village was surrounded by raw material industries such as Minera Leadmines and Minera Limeworks. The coming of the railways to Minera brought more prosperity, and brought benefits such as mail and newspapers. The Wrexham and Minera Branch served the village.

Minera's first chapel was built in 1804, on the site of the present chapel. It was named Minera Chapel until 1859, when it was renamed Pen y Bryn Chapel. The Vicarage doubled as "Vicarage Halt", a small passenger and parcels station with platform, only one hundred metres from Coedpoeth station, however, the passenger servce stopped in 1923.

In the post-war era, the village expanded rapidly, thanks to council housing estates being built. The village expanded to border the village of Coedpoeth. Minera has the Five Crosses industrial estate, which houses many companies, such as Minera Roof Trusses and the Village Bakery.


 Parks/Gardens in Minera:
 Minera Country Park
       Wern Road
       Minera
       Wrexham
       Clwyd
       LL11 3DU
 01978 751320


 Pubs/Bars in Minera:
 City Arms
       Wern Road
       Minera
       Wrexham
       LL11 3DU
 01978 758890

 Five Crosses Inn
       Ruthin Road Minera
       Wrexham
       LL11 3RD
 01978 755735

 Tyn Y Capel Inn
       Minera
       Wrexham
       LL11 3DA
 01978 757502


 Places of Worship in Minera:
 St Andrew Church In Wales
       The Vicarage
       Church Road
       Minera
       Wrexham
       Clwyd
       LL11 3DA
 01978 753133


 Schools/Colleges in Minera:
 Minera Aide Primary School
       Hall Road
       Minera
       Wrexham
       LL11 3YE
 01978 757742


Minera - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
MINERA, an extensive chapelry, in that part of the parish of Wrexham which is in the hundred of Bromfield, county of Denbigh, in the union of Wrexham, North Wales, 4 miles (W. by N.) from Wrexham; containing, in 1841, 628 inhabitants. The chapelry comprises the western portion of the parish, and abounds with mineral wealth, from which circumstance the name is supposed to be derived: its ancient appellation was Mwyn-Glawdd, or "the mine upon the ditch," in allusion to Offa's Dyke. It is bounded on the north by the river Alyn, which rises in this hilly district. The greater portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the mines, consisting of iron, lead, and coal, the last wrought to a considerable extent; the leadmines are discontinued, owing to the influx of water, and though seven steam-engines and a mill have been employed in clearing them, the attempt has proved unsuccessful. A branch of the Chester and Shrewsbury railway was opened to Minera in the summer of 1847. The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with £200 private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £800 parliamentary grant; patron, the Vicar of Wrexham; income, £100. The chapel is a small cruciform structure. A tithe rent-charge of £128. 10. is paid to the impropriators, and one of £34. 10. to the Vicar of Wrexham.—See Brymbo.



 

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