Wales, as we know, is a country that’s brimming with castles. Restored castles, ruined castles, castles with only the foundations left – there are a lot. In fact, there are hundreds of them, and some of the well-maintained, well-restored ones are actually tourist destinations where thousands of people flock to regularly. The value of castles should never be underestimated, because they carry the weight of history with them. We keep making lists about which castles could be amazing writing retreats, and which castles have become castle hotels, but today we are going to put the spotlight on one castle and give it attention: Chirk Castle in Wales.
Chirk Castle was built in the late 13th century by Roger Mortimer de Chirk, who was a 14th century Marcher lord and the uncle of Roger of Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. Chirk Castle itself was part of the Marcher Lordship, and served as its administrative center. It is located at Chirk, near Wrexham.
As with most castles, this one changed ownership in time. During 1595, a man called Thomas Myddelton – son of the Governor of Denbigh, Richard Myddelton – bought the castle. His son – also named Thomas Myddelton – became the first baronet of Chirke.
During the 20th century, meanwhile, the castle became home to a patron of the arts, a man called Thomas Scott-Ellis. The castle is now under the ownership of the National Trust, and is open to the public between March and October, with a few selected dates in November and December.
And certainly, with such a rich history, it’s only reasonable that Chirk should be one of the tourist destinations in Wales. It’s certainly a beautiful place:
If you find yourself in this part of Wales sometime, Chirk Castle is certainly worth a visit.
If you’re interested in reading historical essays on castles in general, here’s a good place to go.