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davislove

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1,538 posts

130 months

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Hi all,

I've been told about a job opportunity in the Wrexham area of Wales and trying to build up a picture of what life will be like in that neck of the woods.

Anyone got any experience of moving to Wales or Wrexham area? Crazy cheap property prices doesn't fill me with confidence but I guess the countryside is attractive.

cheers

Symbolica

9,958 posts

99 months

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Honest answer? Both my parents were born there and I still visit family frequently that way and TBH it's a fking dump, you couldn't pay them enough to move back.

hornetrider

47,844 posts

89 months

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Wrexham is a sthole but Chester isn't far and there's some nice villages about.

NoVetec

8,454 posts

57 months

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You could buy their football club for about a tenner I hear.

limpsfield

3,261 posts

137 months

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I grew up about 15 miles from Wrexham. I go back up that way a few times a year to see family and I would agree that Wrexham is definitely not the nicest town in the world.

I wouldn't want to live there. But there are lots of beautiful places to live within an easy drive of the place and of course fantastic roads not too far away

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Ganglandboss

7,086 posts

87 months

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A mate of mine lives there and claims to like it. He moved there because of his job and also his missus is studying at Chester University so it is pretty handy, but he claims to like the place too. He is, however, from Levenshulme which makes the Helmand Province look like a nice place to live.

Jw Vw

4,247 posts

47 months

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hornetrider said:
Wrexham is a sthole but Chester isn't far and there's some nice villages about.
yes

Wrexham is a dump. Chester in parts is very nice.

Accumul8

232 posts

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I used to work in Wrexham and live in Chester. It's very much a nicer place to be in terms of shops, restaurants, bars, etc.

To give you an idea of what commuting was like, I lived city centre. I worked on the industrial estate. It took me around 20-25 minutes to get to work on the nice, windy back roads.

No 'national pride/prejudice' issues here, born and bred in Wales. Simply prefer Chester.

ChiChoAndy

73,668 posts

139 months

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I lived in Leeswood many, many moons ago, (before it turned into a massive hideous estate), and Wrexham wasn;t very far... Did not like. As others have said, Chester is a lot nicer.

Pixel Pusher

8,621 posts

43 months

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Fantastic Ambiwlans service I've heard.

RandyBlindFitter

644 posts

90 months

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Lived there from 1982-7. Then got myself a life and moved darn sarf biggrin

Never been back and never will..

MR Kirbyz

525 posts

43 months

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I would just stay away from the whole of North Wales really. Apart from the country roads obviously! In all fairness you probably dont get all the cretin that occupate my area of the south wales valleys though.

ChiChoAndy

73,668 posts

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MR Kirbyz said:
I would just stay away from the whole of North Wales really. Apart from the country roads obviously! In all fairness you probably dont get all the cretin that occupate my area of the south wales valleys though.
I wouldn't go that far. Some lovely bits in N Wales.

Alex@POD

3,775 posts

99 months

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I'll echo the posts above, I lived in Wrexham between 2000 and 2008, it was bearable as I mostly kept to my close group of friends and we'd do stuff outside of town. I also managed to find a quiet cul de sac to live in (apart from some of the neighbours).

All I miss from being there is the cheap rent (now in Harrogate), and the car related things I left behind. Some friends who live there even told me leaving was the best thing I'd ever done.

Chester is nice enough though, and small enough so that commuting anywhere doesn't have to include 40 minutes to get out of it first, and there are some very nice villages around.

davislove

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1,538 posts

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Accumul8 said:
I used to work in Wrexham and live in Chester. It's very much a nicer place to be in terms of shops, restaurants, bars, etc.

To give you an idea of what commuting was like, I lived city centre. I worked on the industrial estate. It took me around 20-25 minutes to get to work on the nice, windy back roads.

No 'national pride/prejudice' issues here, born and bred in Wales. Simply prefer Chester.
that sounds like the thing to do, although ideally I'd like to cycle

JuniorD

3,557 posts

107 months

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Was in Wrexham once. Had just bought a car in N.Wales near Chester and was taking it home but wanted to do the Evo triangle thing. Somehow got totally lost in Wrexham and pulled up to a dodgy looking garage and asked for directions. Three blokes in the garage each spent about 15 minutes sketching maps for me to pick the best one so good memories from Wrexham hehe

jbudgie

2,103 posts

96 months

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Were exactly is the job? Is it on the industrial estate (where Demon Tweeks is)
If so could live on the English side.tongue out as the border is only a couple of miles away.

ChiChoAndy

73,668 posts

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jbudgie said:
Were exactly is the job? Is it on the industrial estate (where Demon Tweeks is)
If so could live on the English side.tongue out as the border is only a couple of miles away.
I was always down that way, looking at all the bits and bobs in the shop, as well as the cars on display! All the better when they built the shopping center off the A whatever it is, as I could drop her off, and go to DT for a mooch!

Angry Sheep

1,105 posts

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I live about 25 minutes away in Ellesmere in Shropshire. I don't mind Wrexham for shopping but there are lots of chavs and I wouldn't live there.

Head out a few miles in pretty much any direction and you'll find some nice rural areas. Lots of people near me work in Wrexham - it's a pretty easy commute.

Scottish Exile

201 posts

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I moved from Crewe (a dump) to work near Wrexham in 2008. If I thought Crewe was bad, nothing prepares you for Wrexham itself.

As others have said, you don't have to go too far to be in truly spectacular countryside, and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I bought a house near Mold, which gave me a 25 minute commute to Wrexham, before changing jobs.
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