Historic houses in Clwyd, North Wales - Denbighshire and Flintshire
This page Bodelwyddan Castle - Tower
Bodelwyddan Castle is an opulent Victorian mansion, built to resemble a medieval castle. The resemblance is more than superficial - there are a bristling array of battlements and turrets that would look at home in a fairy tale. Bodelwyddan is built on the remains of an earlier medieval structure. The architect responsible was Joseph Hansom, better known to posterity as the inventor of the hansom cab. Within the richly furnished 19th century interiors are paintings from the National Portrait Gallery.
A 17th century red brick house on much older foundations, Bodrhyddan is the home of Lord Langford, whose family have inhabited Bodrhyddan for over 500 years. There has been a house here since the 14th century, but the present building is largely 17th century with Victoria additions. On display is period furniture, armour, and an unusual 3000 year old mummy!
Erdigg was built in the 1680's, then heavily remodelled in the early 18th century. The interiors showcase fine firniture, tapestries, and porcelain, plus a fascinating array of portraits of family servants with poems about their lives penned by the house owners.
On the outskirts of Llangollen stands what at first glance appears to be a timber-framed medieval house, set in attractive gardens. Looks can be deceiving, for Plas Newydd is not medieval, at least not as we see it today, though there has been a house here for centuries.
A Grade I listed building, with the distinction of being the only fortified Welsh border house still standing. Dating from the 15th century, it is now open to the public for viewing and also offers accommodation.
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