Saith Seren will be the permanent legacy of the 2011 Eisteddfod held in Wrecsam. It will be run by a voluntary organisation called Canolfan Gymraeg Wrecsam Cyfyngedig (CCWC), a bonafide co-operative Industrial and Provident Society.
The volunteers involved in the project are a diverse mix of people from across the local area with a range of business skills relevant to this enterprise, ranging from micro-brewing to legal work. Many have run their own businesses successfully and are involved in catering or food production.
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Saith Seren – The Building
Built in 1898 to designs of Thomas Price of Liverpool, Saith Seren is a listed building, with some outstanding architectural features that we would preserve and enhance by bringing the building back to life. It has a distinctive commercial style employing elements of Arts and Crafts architecture.
It has a slate roof and is built of Ruabon redbrick, with a mural on one side and a distinctive turret on the corner. It is a large rectangular building with the ground floor comprising of a large open bar with a raised area for performances and/or separate eating area. It has good disabled access and a purpose-built disabled toilet. It also has a ground floor kitchen, men’s and women’s toilets and a rear courtyard area.
Upstairs is currently laid out as four-bedroomed living quarters.There is a very large kitchen, large bathroom with additional separate toilet. The four bedrooms are all square and very sizeable. There is also an office and two storage rooms. Access is gained up stairs through the kitchen or via an external metal stairway from the rear courtyard.
There is no external seating area or car park, but ample long and short stay parking is situated within easy walking distance.
The former cinema (originally the Empire Music Hall) runs at right angles to Lambpit Street, and was added in 1902, also to designs of Thomas Price. Its entrance can be seen between the pub and the new council offices on the left of the picture above.
It is described by the council’s listing as “an excellent local example of the trend in late C19 public house building, in which flamboyant and individual design is used to suggest commercial distinction.”
The pub has been closed for about 8 months and still retains all fixtures and fittings. It was renovated in the past 2-3 years. Prior to that, it had been a busy town-centre pub with a good food trade.
Saith Seren is located in the town centre, just yards from the town’s main square and the Guildhall, where hundreds of council staff work. The council’s own footfall estimates that more than 500 people pass the pub every hour. There is no canteen in the Guildhall and so the council workers tend to eat and drink in the surrounding cafes. The pub’s neighbouring retail outlets include a thriving noodle bar, some solicitors’ offices and a baby shop. It is close to the courts, police station and many other offices.