Monday, 16 October 2017

Nature's Beauty on our Doorstep in Wrexham

The glory of Autumn at Erddig. Explore. Discover. Enjoy.

The National Trust property of Erddig was formerly the family home of the Yorke family of Wrexham, Wales. When we moved to Wales in the late 1960's, Squire Yorke was a familiar and
Photo of the avenue of trees in autumn at Erddig Hall, Wrexham
unusual sight in the town as he rode around on his penny-farthing bike. 

As he had no heirs, he gave the estate to the National Trust in 1973 with the proviso that the grounds/parkland be for the public to use and enjoy at no cost. Erddig Hall and gardens were in a dilapidated way to say the least. The formal walled gardens were buried under years of neglect. The hall was in a similar state. We remember reading that, before he died, Squire Phillip Yorke had resorted to living in two rooms as he couldn't afford the upkeep needed for this magnificent house. The house was subsiding and crumbling due to earlier coal-mining.

A glimpse into the task ahead.

IndoorsIndeed on his death, one room was found to have bowls on a bed to catch the drips of water coming through the ceiling. These Elizabethan bed hangings were sent to London for restoration. This was one of many projects needed to bring Erddig back to its former glory. The downstairs servants quarters are, today, a living testament to how life was in those days. Everything is set out as it used to be - pots, pans, furniture, kitchen, . . . Some years after the initial restoration in 2013, the Chinese Room was opened to the public on a few days a week. This is just a glimpse of the beauty of the hall itself.

Outdoors. Looking at the formal gardens today, it is hard to imagine that the avenue of trees, the canal water-feature, the fruit trees trained against a wall, had all but disappeared. With careful conservation and reference to the original drawings that were found, forty years on it is a different story. Our daughter and her family, often enjoy the beauty of Erddig. Our grandson took this photograph last week as the leaves start to turn into the glorious colours of autumn. It is a great place for families. Many old crafts have been revived in the out buildings e.g. carpenter.

Parkland. Many local residents enjoy the natural beauty of the grounds on their regular walks with their four-legged friends. One feature is the 'cup and saucer', a cylindrical cascade. Many school parties enjoy educational activities.

Shop and tea room. Of course, no visit to a National Trust property is complete without a visit to the wonderful tea room before ending up in the well-stocked shop. A good place for Christmas Shopping.

Getting there.
You don't have to go far if you live in the Wrexham County. Erddig is at the south end of Wrexham. Leave the A483 at Rhostyllen and head to Wrexham town. Before the cemetery on the left on the hill, turn right down the lane at Felin Puleston and follow the signs.

"Erddig Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Wrexham, Wales. Located 2 miles south of Wrexham town centre, it was built in 1684–1687 for Josiah Edisbury, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire; ... Wikipedia"

Photo by kind permission S.M.T.

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