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The origins of the name "Wrexham" may possibly be traced back to this period.

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The economic character remained predominantly agricultural into the 17th century but there were workshops of weavers, smiths, nailers as well as dye houses.

A grammar school was established in 1603 by Alderman Valentine Broughton of Chester.

The Wrexham constituency elects members to the UK Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales.

The constituency includes both the town and some of its outlying villages such as Gwersyllt, Llay, Marford, Rossett and Holt.

The Industrial Revolution began in Wrexham in 1762 when the entrepreneur John Wilkinson (1728–1808), known as "Iron Mad Wilkinson", opened Bersham Ironworks. Wrexham Lager brewery was established in 1882 in Central Road and became the first brewery in the United Kingdom to produce lager beer. William Bingley described Wrexham in 1839 as "of such size and consequence as to have occasionally obtained the appellation of the metropolis of North Wales". The Market Hall was built in 1848, and in 1863 a volunteer fire brigade was founded.

Wilkinson's steam engines enabled a peak of production 18th century literary visitors included Samuel Johnson, who described Wrexham as "a busy, extensive and well-built town", and Daniel Defoe who noted the role of Wrexham as a "great market for Welch flannel". In addition to brewing, tanning became one of Wrexham's main industries.Historically part of Denbighshire, the town became part of Clwyd in 1974 and since 1996 has been the centre of the Wrexham County Borough.At the 2011 Census, Wrexham had a population of 61,603, the fourth largest urban area in Wales.The traditional pattern of Welsh life remained undisturbed, and until the close of the Middle Ages the pattern was for English incomers to be rapidly assimilated into Wrexham's Welsh society, for instance adopting Welsh patronymics. In the mid 15th century, the parish church was gutted by fire.The main part of the current church was built in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.The museum also holds the archive of the Royal Welch Fusiliers; battalions were stationed in Wrexham during the First World War.

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