Ruabon in Wrexham North Wales
People have lived in the
Ruabon area for over three thousand years. The earliest evidence of this is
the archaeological finds dated to around 1400 BC which represents the period
in the middle of the Bronze Age. These Bronze Age discoveries were made in
Cleveland Street in the centre of Ruabon in 1898 when workmen were
excavating to lay new drains. A vessel, later confirmed to be a funeral Cist
was found which contained cremated remains. This was followed by a further
discovery in 1917, when local school pupils working in school gardens
This occupation seems to have been continued into the Iron Age when the
settlement at the Y Gardden hill fort, which has been dated to around 400
BC, was home to a substantial community which only ceased to exist when the
Roman invasion took place in 55 AD.
These Bronze Age discoveries were made in Cleveland Street in 1898 in the
form of a funeral Cist containing cremated remains. In 1917, the local
school pupils made a further discover of a Bronze Age mound known as a
‘Round Barrow’ whilst digging in the schools gardening patch. This contained
bones, a flint arrow-head and a bronze axe of a type used for trading and
export which suggests the area was transversed by trading routes in those
The hill fort mentioned previously stands some 585 feet above sea level and
holds a commanding position over the local area. It is said to be of
considerable construction and home to a significant community. Interestingly
it has never been fully excavated.
The two great 5th and 8th century earthworks of Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke
set the community boundaries of Ruabon which are largely in force today and
between these boundaries we find the church of St Mary and St Mabon which
has acted as a focal point from those early times.
It is said that prior to the Edwardian conquest in 1282 Welsh farming
communities occupied the area for over one thousand years and many of the
names from those times are still in existence to day, for example Hafod and
Rhuddallt are still used as house names in the local school.
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