NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 25th, 2014.
Wrexham is a town with a strong & proud history, so we are taking a look at areas around the world that have shared our great name.
The name Wrexham gets its first mention in 1161 when a nearby Norman motte and bailey castle at ‘Wristlesham’ appears in historical texts, which developed to Wrexham, giving the local area the firm base of being the founding Wrexham.
From this starting point the name is now in use around the globe in streets, parks and areas of settlements. We would hope this is due to swashbuckling explorers, however it is more likely a settler, occupier or inspired town planner back in history decided to use our great name for their project.
Below is some Google Streetview roaming of areas we have found, with some more salubrious than others!
We would be interested to hear from anyone with other ‘Wrexham’ finds around the world, or odd mentions of the town on their travels. Anyone who knows details of why any of these areas got a Wrexham name please do get in touch!
Starting in North America there appears to be a hot spot of Wrexham naming towards the east coast, with Ohio being one state with the most.
There is a Wrexham Avenue in (Google Maps link)
Columbus, Ohio which leads to a park called ‘Wrexham Park’.
Just under 150 miles north, also in Ohio, there is a Wrexham Lane in Maumee (Google Maps Link)
A similar distance North East of Columbus is a place called Massillon, again in Ohio, where there is a Wrexham Avenue Southwest (Google Maps Link). Although the name indicates there is other similarly named areas – there are not.
To the North of Manhattan in New York there is a “Wrexham Road” which despite its name does not lead to a place called Wrexham (Google Map Link).
South of New York in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania there is a ‘Wrexham Court’ (Google Maps Link), and interestingly on the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey state borders there is a ‘Wrexham Road’ and a ‘Chester’ a few miles up the road (Google Maps Link).
South of Niagara Falls which is by the USA and Canadian border there is both a Wrexham Court North and South (Google Maps Link)
In Canada itself we have found the grandly named Avenue de Wrexham in Montreal (Google Map Link) however the Streetview image shattered our dreams:
Moving Down Under we have found several Wrexham related street and area names, with this ‘Wrexham Street’ in Perth , Western Australia (Google Maps Link) being a good example:
The best Wrexham view we have found is from ‘Wrexham Circle’ situated south of the city of Newcastle in Australia (Google Maps Link):
Moving to Johannesburg in South Africa there is a good example of possible local naming, with not only a Wrexham Road but a Ruthin Road, Hawarden Street and Corwen Road all within a mile of each other (Google Maps Link).
On the Wrexham Road itself we spotted what appears to be a hairdresser in action:
We would be interested to hear from anyone with other ‘Wrexham’ finds around the world, or odd mentions of the town on their travels!
Anyone who knows details of why any of these areas got a Wrexham name please do get in touch! We have started this forum thread to click and take part…Wales News.