New care plan for dog statues

Four iconic dog statues will be inspected by the council every year after a campaign to keep them looking ship shape.

The Gateway Dogs, which sit at the top of the old stone gateway in the Acton area of the town, have been given a huge makeover after a campaign by local councillor Geoff Lowe to get them spruced up.

The greyhound statues, which sit at the top of the pillars off Chester Road, had fallen into a state of disrepair after years of neglect.

Mr Lowe said: “The gateway is a well known urban landmark in Wrexham and an important part of local identity and heritage, so it’s important we preserve it.

“The sculptures are very exposed to the elements and it was sad to see them looking so weather-worn and damaged.

“I’m delighted the dogs have been repaired and repainted, and the structure will now be inspected by the council on an annual basis.”

The repair work took around two weeks and cost the council around £2,500. Scaffolding had to be used for the job.

The dogs mark the entrance to the former Acton estate. The gates were built in 1820 by Sir Foster Cunliffe, 3rd Baronet of Acton Park, who had the greyhounds installed because they were the family’s favourite dogs. One of the original four dogs is on display at Wrexham Museum and the current reproductions were installed in 1982.

At one time, Acton Park was regarded as the chief house of Wrexham. It was demolished in 1954 and the gateway is all that remains.

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