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View of Wrexham Church, North Wales

View of Wrexham Church, North Wales

Artist: Allen, Joseph

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVII

Item number: 7.c

Genre: Topographical Print

View of St Gile’s church, Wrexham. A chapel, dedicated to St Silin, is believed to have been built here in the 13th century, it was later rededicated to St Giles (St Silin is the Latin equivalent of the name). The church was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries. The tower was built in a perpendicular style and was famed as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Wales’- it is thought that it was the model for Victoria Tower, at the Houses of Westminster. The tower has a peal of ten bells created by Abraham Rudhall of Glocester. The tomb of Elihu Yale, after whom Yale University is named lies nearby.

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