Blink and you’ll miss the village of Pontblyddyn as you travel towards Mold from Wrexham. Traditionally the village was part of Leeswood Parish until the tremendous 19th century growth in population, fuelled by the quickly expanding mining industry in the area.
Christ Church was built in 1836 to a design by John Lloyd to cater to the spiritual needs of an increasing influx of worshippers. The cost of its building was small, and this seems to have been reflected in its workmanship which was described by Archdeacon Thomas in 1911 as, ‘very simple in plan and poor in workmanship’. The church, it seems, was partially rebuilt in 1865-6, enlarged with a chancel and subsequently renovated and extended over subsequent years.
A bit quiet, you may think, a little bit mundane. Shame on you, because you’re quite wrong, of course. Pontblyddyn just happens to have the Jacobean Grade I listed Plas Teg House within its boundaries, considered one of if not the most haunted house in Wales – as well as being architecturally rather shocking for its time. There are treasures in Pontblyddyn, if you know where to look.