Historic houses in Clwyd, North Wales - Denbighshire and Flintshire
This page Bodelwyddan Castle - Plas Newydd, Llangollen
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.
A fantasy Victorian Gothic castle, now being restored after years of neglect. Built by a wealthy industrialist as a monument to his ancestors. The parkland features mock-medieval towers and terraced gardens.
A mock medieval castle built in the early 19th century for a wealthy cotton manufacturer. The interior features a picture gallery, and a panelled entrance hall. The landscaped grounds offer woodland walks and a landscaped garden built around 5 lakes.
Hartsheath is a Grade II* listed country house in neo-classical style, set in a 19th century landscape park. The house dates to the early 18th century, though heavily rebuilt in the early 19th century.
Mostyn Hall is a large Jacobean and Victorian style mansion based around a 15th century great hall. Home of the Mostyn family for over 500 years, and set in attractive gardens.
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.
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