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GresfordThe Anatomy of a Disaster$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238928

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313240

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The Village

The Village

(p.11) Chapter 2 The Village
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This chapter presents a brief history and description of the village of Gresford in North Wales. For 400 years after the passing of the Acts of Union Gresford seems to have led an undisturbed life. The improvement in the road system beginning in the mid-eighteenth century and the coming of the railways in the nineteenth opened up North Wales to tourism. The parish of Gresford consisted of several townships, extended over 12,000 acres and contained 3,928 inhabitants, all of whom spoke English. The population of Gresford itself was very much smaller, having risen from 392 in 1801 to 614 by 1851. The next decade saw a twofold increase to 1,356 and by 1871 it was 1,792.

Keywords:   Gresford, villages, history, North Wales

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