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Chirk Castle 2of 3

After the War of the Roses, the castle settled in royal hands on the execution of Sir William Stanley in 1495. The south range was partially rebuilt in 1529, reusing stone from earlier work. The old hall was subdivided and new living accommodation provided to its west. In 1563, the castle was granted to Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, soon created earl of Leicester and Baron Denbigh, who held it as part of his extensive north Wales properties until his death in 1588. He may have reroofed it and added some of the square windows.

The castle was purchased in 1595 for about L5,000 by Sir Thomas Myddelton, a son of the governor of Denbigh Castle and successful London merchant. As a founder of the East India Company, an investor in the expeditions of Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins, he had the means to convert Chirk into a comfortable Tudor residence. His new stone north range contained a hall, buttery and kitchen, with upstairs drawing and dining rooms. This range, with alterations, became the main living quarters of the castle, while the old south range was gradually given over to servants.

Chirk Castle 2of 3

After the War of the Roses, the castle settled in royal hands on the execution of Sir William Stanley in 1495. The south range was partially rebuilt in 1529, reusing stone from earlier work. The old hall was subdivided and new living accommodation provided to its west. In 1563, the castle was granted to Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, soon created earl of Leicester and Baron Denbigh, who held it as part of his extensive north Wales properties until his death in 1588. He may have reroofed it and added some of the square windows.

The castle was purchased in 1595 for about L5,000 by Sir Thomas Myddelton, a son of the governor of Denbigh Castle and successful London merchant. As a founder of the East India Company, an investor in the expeditions of Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins, he had the means to convert Chirk into a comfortable Tudor residence. His new stone north range contained a hall, buttery and kitchen, with upstairs drawing and dining rooms. This range, with alterations, became the main living quarters of the castle, while the old south range was gradually given over to servants.

comments (15)

How lovely! I really like the detail shown on the ceilings!
Bill Phillips: It is a beautiful building Elizabeth, my pictures don't do it justice
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jun 2012, 07:32
What for an important history is combined with this castle! "Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley is known to me from Schiller's drama "Mary Stuart" - and the luxury furnishing of the rooms is amazing - the darkness of your photos may enhance the mysterious splendour of this very comfortable residence.
Bill Phillips: Untwiddled natural light Philine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jun 2012, 07:41
I would love the slide down on that stair-railing wink
This is a great place. Everything looks so well restored and kept 'alive'. The ceilings are wonderful too. This is a photographers heaven.
Bill Phillips: i don't think the National Trust would approve Lady P gringringrin
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jun 2012, 08:12
A fascinating connection between teh East India Company and Drake, Raleigh etc. I always assumed that Raleigh came look before the East India Company (I should have paid more attention at school... sorry, what were you saying...?) A very grand place but a nightmare to heat and keep clean (sounds a bit like my home).
Bill Phillips: I thought Raleigh invented Bikes
I'll have the bath but then I'll have to build a larger bathroom.
Bill Phillips: No problem for a man of your ingenuity Richard
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Jun 2012, 08:58
This is a wonderful selection of fine photographs and a magnificent collage
Bill Phillips: You are very kind Sir Tiff. Chirk is a bit of a gem!
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jun 2012, 10:00
Your a bit like us Bill love looking round old houses great set of snaps of it.
Bill Phillips: We get our moneys-worth out of being in the National Trust!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jun 2012, 10:04
Rich dark moody interiors and not a soul in sight - did you get a private viewing?
Bill Phillips: Mid week in March....we got lucky grin
The wooden carved fireplace is gorgeous!
Bill Phillips: It certainly is Mary. The castle if full of delights
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jun 2012, 12:45
My 'dictionary' online mentioned today the following word which may fit the rooms in your collage:

Sardanapalian sahr-dn-uh-PEYL-yuhn, adjective:

Excessively luxurious.
Bill Phillips: Sardanapalian

adjective
excessively luxurious or sensual.
Origin:
1865–70; Sardanapal ( us ) a legendary Assyrian king proverbial for his decadence

you learn something new every day and it describes Chirk Castle beautifully
I'm enjoying this reminder of the inside of the Castle, it has some fine rooms and contents.
Bill Phillips: It is a splendid place Brian. I would certainly go again
A fine looking house
Quite the tour we're getting! smile
  • Les Auld
  • The Field of Waterloo
  • 16 Jun 2012, 22:02
It is a few years since I last visited Chirk, looks like I will have to go back, some great interiors there.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jun 2012, 01:30
Nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, nice and nice!

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