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Erddig Palace in Wrexham

Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales; a fascinating house where the unusually close relationship existed between the family of the house and their servants in 19th and early 20th century; fine state rooms

Erddig Hall: Erddig Hall  Nr Wrexham was built  between 1684 and 1687 during the reign of James II. The north and south wings were added during the 1720’s. The house and estate grounds were given to The National Trust in 1973.

Chirk Castle (pics)

Photo gallery here

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Clwyd, Wales, was founded about 1295 as a stronghold for Edward I’s army captain Roger Mortimer, thus becoming one of the great fortresses of Edward’s reign; it is of rectangular, concentric form with walls fifteen feet thick and a massive drum tower at each corner; since 1595 the home of the Myddelton family; conveyed to the National Trust in 1981

Castell Carreg Cennen

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South Wales, on a remote crag about 100 meters above the river Cennen in the Breacon Beacons National Park, was started in 13th century as an English outpost by one of Edward I’s barons. The natural cave beneath the castle rock, perhaps a prehistoric refuge, is incorporated into the defenses via a gallery passage and can still be explored with torches. During the War of the Roses (1455 – 85) it became a base for Lancastrian, who terrorized the country around. The castle was taken by the Yorkists in 1462, this “robbers den” was laboriously dismantled by 500 men with picks and crowbars. The ruins are still very impressive and the views from the hilltop are magnificent. [photo gallery Carreg Cennen Castle]

Carew Castle, Wales

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South Wales; this originally a Norman castle is one of the most magnificent castles of south Wales in the flat land around the tidal Carew river. The Castle was greatly improved and extended in the beginning of 16th century to Elizabethan manor; partly destroyed during the Civil War and finally abandoned in 1686. Next to the Castle there is the Carew Tidal Mill also from the 16th century, even though the present building dates from the early 19th century. PHOTO GALLERY