have lived in the Ruabon area for over three thousand years. The
earliest evidence of this is the archaeological finds dated to
around 1400 BC which represents the period in the middle of the
Bronze Age. These Bronze Age discoveries were made in Cleveland
Street in the centre of Ruabon in 1898 when workmen were excavating
to lay new drains. A vessel, later confirmed to be a funeral Cist
was found which contained cremated remains. This was followed by a
further discovery in 1917, when local school pupils working in
school gardens discovered further Bronze Age evidence.
This occupation seems to have been continued into the Iron Age when
the settlement at the Y Gardden hill fort, which has been dated to
around 400 BC, was home to a substantial community which only ceased
to exist when the Roman invasion took place in 55 AD.
These Bronze Age discoveries were made in Cleveland Street in 1898
in the form of a funeral Cist containing cremated remains. In 1917,
the local school pupils made a further discover of a Bronze Age
mound known as a ‘Round Barrow’ whilst digging in the schools
gardening patch. This contained bones, a flint arrow-head and a
bronze axe of a type used for trading and export which suggests the
area was transversed by trading routes in those times.
hill fort mentioned previously stands some 585 feet above sea level
and holds a commanding position over the local area. It is said to
be of considerable construction and home to a significant community.
Interestingly it has never been fully excavated.
The two great 5th and 8th century earthworks of Wat’s Dyke and
Offa’s Dyke set the community boundaries of Ruabon which are largely
in force today and between these boundaries we find the church of St
Mary and St Mabon which has acted as a focal point from those early
It is said that prior to the Edwardian conquest in 1282 Welsh
farming communities occupied the area for over one thousand years
and many of the names from those times are still in existence to
day, for example Hafod and Rhuddallt are still used as house names
in the local school.
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