History king-in-caia

British Pathé, the newsreel maker, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube, so we have taken a look at several unseen clips that feature Wrexham.

In the below clip from 1934 Prince Edward, then the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VIII walks around Caia Park just under 80 years ago.

The Prince inspects several houses and walks into one half finished house.

Going by the caption the tour occurred on Friday 18th May 1934, and was due to his position as ‘Patron of the National Council of Social Services’. His tour was visiting projects ‘aimed at helping to relieve the deprivation caused by high employment’.

The newly built Council properties are in Trevenna Way.

Later it shows the Prince at the Ponciau Recreation Ground playing fields. The film shows the Prince laying the first sod of a new cricket pitch.

The Price then visited a craft centre at Brymbo Steelworks near Wrexham before moving on to Flintshire where he visited the “33 Club” at Shotton.

We would be interested to hear from residents in or near houses featured in this clip about how they compare in look and intent behind them, and now nearly 80 years later!