Once an imposing structure built to defend and keep a watchful eye over potential Welsh rebels on behalf of King Edward I, Chirk became a family home as well as a home to work from some of the leading artists of the 20th century.
In the 16th century, Chirk was purchased by Sir Thomas Myddelton who intended to make the castle into his family seat. Sir Thomas added the North Range and its splendid State Rooms. The castle was passed through the family and in the 18th century, Richard Myddelton created lavish interiors, exceeding all that previous generations had done to improve the castle.
This renovation left Chirk with some of the finest Neo-classical interiors in North Wales. From the panelled ceilings to the decadent furniture, many of these features can be seen today.
Visitors to Chirk castle will also find a collection of English Civil War armour and 17th-century muskets, purchased in 1680, to commemorate Myddelton’s exploits during the conflict.
One of the most famous residents of Chirk Castle leased it during the early 20th century. Lord Howard de Walden, an active patron of the arts, commissioned works from leading 20th-century artists while living at the castle.
Lord Howard de Walden’s wife, Marguerita, was a soprano singer who regularly entertained royalty and statesmen at Chirk.
Although the pair lived at Chirk Castle for a relatively short period, there are echoes of their artistic interests to be seen at every turn.
Transferred to the National Trust in the 1980s, Chirk and its many interesting features can be enjoyed by visitors and history lovers visiting the area.
Come to Chirk Castle for a superb day out with loved ones…