Rossett and Pulford are as pretty as a picture

PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 February 2013

St. Mary's Church, Pulford

St. Mary's Church, Pulford

Watercolour artist Gordon Wilkinson is inspired by the pretty neighbouring villages of Rossett and Pulford

West of the Dee just at the boundary of Cheshire and Wrexham is the attractive village of Rossett with its distinctive black and white architecture and waterside setting.

The name is a derivation of Y Rhosydd, a marsh or bog, which with its low-lying surrounding countryside and watery location seems to describe the area pretty well. The River Alyn, a tributary of the Dee, flows through the village and its easy to imagine this as a bogland before the drains in the area were created.

Key locations in the area include the Golden Lion pub which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Old Jeffrey, a chap who was hanged for murder in Ruthin and gibbeted here. The Butchers Arms and the Alyn, are centrally located. Theres Llyndir Hall Hotel and Darland Hall, an impressive 18th century building which housed an American tank regiment in the Second World War.

Rossett Mill, historically known as Marford Mill, is a Grade II listed watermill that was built in 1588. It is timber framed on a stone base and is occasionally open to the public but perhaps its major claim to fame is that it was sketched by the artist JMW Turner in 1795.

Another Grade II listed attraction is Cooks Bridge which crosses the River Alyn which was built in the 19th century.

Rossett is neighbours with Pulford which sits amid delightful countryside and it is here you can relax and enjoy the idyllic quiet of the smart country house Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa. This is also a great base for exploring the surrounding areas of Chester and North Wales. The locality is blessed with quite impressive attractions - a Norman castle and a parish church dating back to 1844.

Gordon Wilkinsons original watercolour paintings on this feature are for sale. Contact Gordon on 01244 531785 or email him at More of his work - including other paintings he created for Cheshire Life - can be viewed at

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