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Wrexham Town Walk : Town Hill

No.9 dates back to the 16th Century and has been a chandlery (candlemakers), a toffee-maker's and a butcher's. It was initially a pub called the Bull & Dogs, hinting at the entertainment the regulars would attend before coming in for a drink.

Historic Image of Dodman's Cobblers' Workshop

However in 1898 William Dodman came to Wrexham from London. He'd trained as a cobbler but he was looking out for business opportunities. He saw one in the expanding mining industry around Wrexham. All these miners needed boots and William Dodman was the man to provide them. He opened a workshop behind No.9 churning out workers' clogs and never looked back. Somehow he even got the contract for repairing the shoes of the US forces locally during World War II.

William Dodman was not just a cobbler. In his spare time he was "boxer, sprinter, scriptwriter, pantomime manager, masseur (nothing seedy!), motor salesman and Wrexham AFC director." William was the "Don King" of Wrexham boxing and looked after champion boxer, Johnny Basham. Johnny did his boss proud winning the UK Welterweight and Lonsdale belt in 1914. His record in 91 fights was 68 wins, 17 defeats and 6 ties.

Historic Image of Johnny Basham

You could stop off at the café next door and appreciate its historic interior while having some refreshment. In a return to an earlier use, Dodman's itself was converted into a bar restaurant in December 2003.

Continue up Town Hill till you reach the junction of High Street, Church Street and Hope Street.

Historic Image of Dutton's Sig-ar-ro Store

This is the widest part of the street but only since 1940. Until then this was the site of the old Town Hall.