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Chirk Castle 1/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

Taken from the Car Park area looking up the hill towards the castle.  It is appears to be more of a stately home in the guise of a castle, but as you will see it is a very good place to visit.

 

Chirk Castle is a 700 year old marcher fortress, which commands fine views over the surrounding countryside. It was built in the late 13th century by Roger Mortimer, Justice of North Wales for Edward 1. The castle was sold for 5,000 UK pounds to Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595 and his descendants continue to live in part of the castle today.

 

Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my longish North Wales series, they are all very much appreciated.

Chirk Castle 1/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

Taken from the Car Park area looking up the hill towards the castle.  It is appears to be more of a stately home in the guise of a castle, but as you will see it is a very good place to visit.

 

Chirk Castle is a 700 year old marcher fortress, which commands fine views over the surrounding countryside. It was built in the late 13th century by Roger Mortimer, Justice of North Wales for Edward 1. The castle was sold for 5,000 UK pounds to Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595 and his descendants continue to live in part of the castle today.

 

Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my longish North Wales series, they are all very much appreciated.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Feb 2011, 01:25
A substantial country cottage.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Ray.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Feb 2011, 06:57
Well framed image
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Feb 2011, 07:18
To read "700 year old marcher fortress" still boggles my mind, Brian. And to think descendants since 1595 have carried on the line!
Brian Walbey: I can't imagine my house will stand for 700 years Ginnie, nor yours and Astrids either I should think.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Feb 2011, 07:25
You're quite right Brian: it does indeed look like a fortified stately home
Brian Walbey: I think that was the general intention when it was built Chris, and also to keep the Welsh at bay.
We needed a lot of castles to keep the Welsh at bay grin
Brian Walbey: Indeed we did Bill, now they don't even need passports to come to England!
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Feb 2011, 09:35
love the leaf framing a lot
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
It really look undecided about its role - castle or stately home. Nice to know that it's still lived in - and by the same family since 1595.
Brian Walbey: Yes not the normal type of castle Sheila, it is lovely inside as you will later in the week.
Built to last Brian..Could you go in ?
Brian Walbey: Yes we went in Ron, I'm showing that later in the week.
A beautiful image and so well naturaly framed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Laurette.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Feb 2011, 12:09
I must go there Brian, it looks fabulous.
Brian Walbey: It is a great place to visit Chad, set in lovely countryside and as you will see in two weeks time lovely gardens also.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Feb 2011, 13:08
Quite wide but low for a castle, Brian. I remember Michael Portillo going there on his railway travels.
Brian Walbey: Yes Portillo did go here but not inside which is very nice as you will see later this week.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Feb 2011, 14:06
The Welsh Castles look like gorgeous fortresses built for the eternity! I would like to visit this one one day -inspired by your impressive, well composed and lovely framed photo!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, this is a lovely castle and when you se the gardens in two weeks time I think you might want to go even more.
Called in there a few years back but only viewed the grounds
Brian Walbey: Well you will see a bit of the inside here at the end of the week Martin.
Really nice framing Brian, it does look full of interesting things to explore smile
Brian Walbey: Yes the gardens are lovely and the inside is interesting as you will see at the end of the week.
Interesting castle and history. Nicely framed shot.
Brian Walbey: Many thnaks John.
A beautiful structure wonderfully framed Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
A very old and sturdy looking building Brian. Nicely composed shot
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Janet.
Very well framed Brian. And I would love to take a peak inside that castle!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion. Your wish will be granted at the end of the week.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Feb 2011, 19:01
I love this kind of castles.
Brian, it always is a delight to see your pictures, whenever I am able to, I look at them, sometimes I have to catch up from a week, but I think you don't mind.
It must have been very impressive to be here.
I always picture myself being there in that time-frame, with horses and knights and fighting wink
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. I'm just pleased that you get to look at my pictures sometimes, I guess you are a very busy lady with work during the day. This is a lovely castle, inside and out, I am showing a bit of the inside at the end of the work.
wonderflu cstle nice angle shot
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Feb 2011, 22:54
This looks like a fine old sturdy castle - they built things to last in those days!
Brian Walbey: It is a fine sturdy building Ingrid.
Nicely framed, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme.

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