Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle


29 May 2011

Chirk, Wrexham, Wales

SJ 26853 38088; 52.93517°N, 3.08976°W


Built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, and completed in 1310, Chirk Castle was one of Edward I’s Iron Ring — the chain of fortresses intended to encircle North Wales to suppress the Welsh. London merchant and founder member of the East India Company Sir Thomas Myddelton purchased the castle in 1595 for £5000. Myddelton’s son Thomas was a parliamentary commander and later a Royalist, and his son Thomas became 1st Baronet of Chirk. Much of the estate is still owned by the Myddelton family and the castle is now in the care of the National Trust.

Chirk Castle (National Trust); Andrea Carlo Lucchesi (Wikipedia)

Topiary yews

Detail of one of the Andrea Carlo Lucchesi bronze nymphs in the grounds. This one is blindfolded; the other of the pair guarding the entrance to the informal gardens is in shackles.


Modern garden chess set

The Library

Servants' Hall

Adam's Tower

Adam's Tower


6 thoughts on “Chirk Castle

  1. Fab set of photos Graham, really fine. I love the sculptural qualities of the hedges and the rising ground. The doors are lovely too. The Andrea Carlo Lucchesi made me go to the web and see his work. I wish I’d seen this now. :0)

  2. A lovely set of photos – I always find it hard to photograph places like this for some reason. Maybe they’re too nice and well kept for my photographic eye…..

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