If you’ve lived or spent a lot of time in Wrexham, you’ve probably heard a few myths and tales along the way.

Wrexham Council have taken time out to investigate some of these 'legends' to see if there is any factual information behind them and have done so by using the archives search room at Wrexham Museum.

The first myth to be sleuthed was whether or not there is any truth to the so called 'underground tunnels' beneath Wrexham town centre, with evidence to suggest that such tunnels exist around the Butcher's Market area of the High Street.

The size of the tunnels and how they link together is the bigger mystery, with folklaw suggesting they begin somewhere underneath Wrexham Parish Church and run under the town centre, with fierce debates as to why they might have been built, however, inconveniently, there's little written evidence to provide a definitive answer.

If you’ve ever passed along the A525, Ruthin Road into Wrexham, you may have noticed a large gothic-style cottage.

The cottage in Coedpoeth is a former smithy where the blacksmith would shoe horses whilst their riders visited the pub next door.

Well, for over 30 years a doll named Elizabeth sat, perched in the cottage window having been bought by the owner for her daughter in 1958 and the doll became a big tourist attraction for a number of years.

Some people would have you believe she was Coedpoeth’s answer to Chucky the doll, but more rational people felt her open arms was her way of saying “Welcome to Wales.”

Elizabeth soon developed a following and along with her Teddy Bear, she started receiving postcards and letters from families who had seen her while driving by.

Elizabeth was donated to Wrexham Museum in 2009 and has since featured in a display and appeared online.

Jonathon Gammond, Interpretation and Access Officer at Wrexham Museum said there are many books and articles about the area's history.

He said: “Silin’s weekly column in the Wrexham Leader, written in the 1980s and 1990s, highlights often forgotten stories and events, picked up in the archives or chance conversations with locals.

“From there you can go even further back using old newspapers.

"If you are serious, then the articles in the Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions are a treasure trove of accurate stories about Wrexham’s past. "All these sources are accessible for free in the search room on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week.”

The friendly staff in the search room are more than happy to assist you…as a starter use Curious Clywd – Books 1 & 2.