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Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle had been in the same family for 500 years until 2004

Chirk Castle has a well documented history going back to 1295 when it was built as part of King Edward's I ring of fortresses to subdue the Welsh.

It was known a Marcher fortress - an administrative centre on the border with England - and from which the area could be ruled.

The castle was bought by Thomas Myddelton in 1595.

He made part of his fortune trading in sugar, later becoming a financer of expeditions for adventurers like Sir Walter Raleigh . Myddleton became Lord Mayor of London in 1613.

Although the property changed hands several times during the Civil War - the Myddleton family was able to retain it.

The National Trust took over Chirk Castle in early 2000 and turned it into a popular historic attraction.

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