Ruabon's historic landmark topples off in high winds

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
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THE urn on top of a landmark Grade II listed column has blown off during high winds.

In July the Leader reported residents’ concerns after it was noticed that the urn on top of the Wynnstay Column in Ruabon was suffering a prominent lean.

Fears that it could fall if the problem was unresolved were realised last week when the urn toppled from its plinth into woodland below during high winds.

Ruabon resident Callum Edwards, 20, has described the damage as a ‘sad loss’ and is calling for the urn, which has been retrieved, to be restored to its rightful position.

The column was built in 1790 by architect John Wyatt as a memorial to the fourth baronet of the Williams-Wynn family and stands on the former Wynnstay Park estate.

It reaches 100ft in height and is a well known landmark on the edge of the A483 near Ruabon.

“It’s a huge landmark as the Wynn family built the village and a lot of people worked for the family,” he said.

“I was told by a friend of mine at the end of last week so I went for a look and the bowl had fallen off and was in the woods.

“It’s been tilting for quite a while, but nothing’s been done about it. This is a huge loss to the village.”

In the past Wrexham Council has written to the managing agents for the landmark requesting they take action to protect the column, which is included on the council’s statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said: “The Wynnstay Column is one of the most recognisable and iconic landmarks in the whole of North Wales and it is vital that such important parts of our local heritage are properly maintained for future generations.

“I raised concerns earlier this year about the precarious state of the structure, which sadly do not appear to have been heeded by the owners, and it has now deteriorated and is in urgent need of work.

“I am sure Wrexham Council will join me in calling on Carter Jonas to take swift action and ensure that damage is soon put right and this proud feature restored to its former glory.”

A spokesman for managing agent Carter Jonas said: “We are very much in contact with Wrexham Council and with their conservation officer.

“The urn fell off last week and we are speaking to insurers about restoring it."

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