The fire in Priory Street in September 2004 destroyed
or terminally damaged all the buidings on one side of Priory Street
and some on Hope Street. Amazingly, the fire crews managed to
save the Horse and Jockey pub, the only remaining thatched building
in the town centre and one of Wrexham's best loved landmarks.
Just how close the fire was to the building can be seen in the
Of interest following the fire was the exposure of part of the
old Rogers and Jackson Ltd shop sign and the R&J logo. This
can be seen on the picture above left. Rogers and Jackson was
one of the largest shops in Wrexham until it closed in the
1970s (correct me if I am wrong about the date) - the nearest
thing the town had to a department store. When the Rogers and
Jackson store closed the site was split into a number of shop
The site has now been completely cleared for redevelopment.