Why Wrexham Has better Heritage Than Liverpool

by Jamie Adrankone

Why Wrexham Has better Heritage Than Liverpool

For many people in north Wales, the Liverpool area is one part of England they will often gravitate to. It is the nearest major city and many people from north Wales support Liverpool or Everton football clubs.

However, there are actually some things that can be safely found in places like Wrexham that won’t be found in Liverpool - and not just a football club whose American owners aren’t public enemy number one.

In fact, it is Everton who may have brought about the situation that could see Liverpool lose its Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage status. This status has been on the ‘endangered list’ since 2012, but it appears the new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, which will replace Goodison Park, will finally lead to a de-listing of the site due to the changed character of the docklands.

While Liverpool might be about to get dumped by UNESCO, there’s no risk of that in the Wrexham area, where the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal stands proudly just south of the town, carrying the Llangollen Canal high over the River Dee.

With its 17 arches, this wonderful example of 18th century architecture was designed by Thomas Telford and has inspired many similar engineering feats across the UK. With its low walls, it’s a scary crossing by boat for anyone scared of heights.

Since the aqueduct and the associated canal basins and architecture is not about to have a football stadium or anything else built on top of it, its safe to say this part of the Borough of Wrexham will continue to be one of Wales’s three World Heritage sites.

So, yes, Liverpool may still have the Beatles, the Grand National and more famous football clubs - although work has begun to design a football museum for Wrexham - which is the world’s fifth oldest club. But when it comes to World Heritage, it seems that Liverpool is losing it while Wrexham is keeping it.

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