Made in Wrexham
Transforming raw materials into manufactured goods has been key to the development of Wrexham County Borough and its communities.
The reason industry flourished in Wrexham was geological: coal, clay, iron ore, and other useful raw materials were all available here. The close proximity of these resources to each other created the perfect environment for the entrepreneurs of the industrial age. Moreover, Wrexham was well-located for markets in England and had long-established traditions in blacksmithing, lead smelting, leather and wool.
Wrexham helped build modern Britain. Cylinders from Bersham powered the Industrial Revolution. Leather from Cambrian Leather Works in Wrexham kept the cotton mills of Lancashire running smoothly. Bricks from the Wilderness brickworks, Gresford, built the first 'red brick' university in Liverpool. Wrexham Lager quenched the thirst of the British soldier on campaign.
Wrexham is still an important manufacturing centre today, with modern industrial estates attracting international investment from companies such as Sharp and JCB.
This on-line exhibition focuses on the industries of the past, because Wrexham's twenty-first century industries are part of your daily life already.
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