Saith Seren, Wrexham
Saith Seren, Chester Street
This building was previously known by the same name but in English – Seven Stars. Its new name reflects the pub’s reopening in January 2012 by a co-operative called Canolfan Gymraeg Wrecsam Cyf (Wrexham Welsh Language Centre Ltd). The centre provides a focalpoint in the town centre for Welsh speakers or learners, and was conceived as a legacy of Wrexham hosting the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2011.
The pub was designed by Liverpool architect Thomas Price and built in 1898. It is made of red brick from Ruabon, a town near Wrexham which was once famous for its bricks. Notable features include the turret on the corner, and the colourful mural on the gable facing Chester Street.
Behind the pub, facing onto Lambpit Street, is the former Empire Music Hall, which opened in 1902 and later became the Empire Cinema. The same architect was engaged, and both buildings present a consistent frontage along Lambpit Street.
The Empire screened film clips from its opening night, when the audience was shown footage of Queen Victoria’s funeral, and claimed to be the oldest purpose-built cinema in North Wales.
Postcode: LL13 8BG