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Southsea

Southsea Rollers Arms

Southsea Rollers Arms

Southsea, originally known as Glan yr Afon (meaning “the bank of the river”),the English name coming from the South Sea Inn which used to stand opposite the brickworks, and in a room of which the wages of the miners and colliers at most of the works in the neighbourhood were paid once a fortnight, is a small former industrial village on the Gwenfro river where the boundaries of the townships of Bersham, Brymbo and Broughton meet. The village came into being at the site of the Broughton Hall Brickworks and Plas Power Colliery, housing workers from those industrial centres from around 1786. It was also sometimes called “Plas Power” from its proximity to the Plas Power colliery, although quite remote from the Plas Power estate itself.

 

​Southsea’s current church, All Saints, was formerly its church hall. The previous church, built in 1921 after the original building became unsafe due to mining subsidence, in 1926, it was decided to demolish this building, and replace it with a larger building on the same site. It is said that this was done by building the new church around the old one –which was then demolished! Less than sixty years later, this second church had become unsafe because of land subsidence caused by excessive mining.

 

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