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This area of the Town was laid out in the mid-1970s as part of Wrexham’s inner ring road, linking Powell Road to Holt Road. It cut across Park Avenue and the playing fields which had formerly been used by Grove Park Schools (I remember playing football on them!). The name is also used for the adjacent area of civic buildings (including the Police headquarters, the Magistrates Courts, and the Crown Buildings and Waterworld and the name is taken from the Bodhyfryd House which formerly located nearby.

Wrexham Police Station, a ten-storey construction built in the Brutalist architecture style, was located on Bodhyfryd. Constructed between 1973 and 1975 and demolished in 2020, the tower was the tallest building in Wrexham at 140 feet, overtaking St Giles’ Church. The building served as a North Wales Police divisional headquarters and Wrexham’s police station and an integral part of the Bodhyfryd site alongside the Wrexham Memorial Hall, Wrexham Law Courts and Wrexham Swimming Baths. The police station replaced the old Wrexham town centre police station, which was sited in the County Buildings on Regent Street, now Wrexham County Borough Museum.


Wrexham Swimming Baths at Bodhyfryd with its parabolic roof were completed in May 1970. They were closed to the public in 1997 and were officially re-opened by The Queen in 1998 after a major refurbishment programme with a new name, Wrexham Waterworld.


The Burma commemorative Garden, situated outside Bodhyfryd Memorial Hall, honours individuals who served in the Far East. The garden design includes a circular paved area, with the prominent Burma Star at its centre. Symbolically, railway sleepers are incorporated into the garden’s layout, serving as a poignant representation of the prisoners subjected to forced labour on the Burma Railway. Also, at Bodhyfryd is The Burma Bell, one of two brass bells brought back. From the Incomparable Pagoda in Mandalay by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers returning from the Burma War in the late 19th century. The bell was hung outside Hightown barracks for a number of years, then relocated to Queens Square, and then, along with the War Memorial, relocated to Bodhyfryd.


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