Wrexham rĕk´səm [key], Welsh Wrescam, town (1981 pop. 39,929) and county borough, 193 sq mi (499 sq km), NE Wales. It lies in the coal field of N Wales. Wrexham's industries include the manufacture of tires, plastics, bricks, pharmaceuticals, metal and paper products, machinery, and chemicals. There are also livestock markets. Since 1946, Wrexham has been a
development area,in which the government has attempted to stimulate industry. The town is the seat of the Roman Catholic bishop of Menevia. St. Giles's Church was rebuilt in 1472 after a fire; most of the present structure dates from the 16th cent. Elihu Yale is buried in the churchyard. Glyndwr Univ. is there.
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