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Extravagant Erdigg

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A September 2007 trip to Wales by MichaelJM

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: Erdigg is referred to as a family home rather than a stately home. It was a truly amazing visit and a day's visit.

Erddig

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Attraction | "Prayers and Song"

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Today we entered the chapel down a short flight of steps into a vestibule crammed with ancient books and the accompanying enticingly historical smell that goes with old manuscripts. This would have been the way that the servants accessed the library as the family would have entered the chapel directly into their pews by way of the Chinese Room on the ground floor.It would seem as if no expense had been spared in setting up the chapel and it is evidenced that the commitment to the family’s belief continued right into the 20th century with the three magnificent stained glass windows. These had been bought from Wimpole in Cambridgeshire when the house belonging to the Earl of Hardwick was so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Erddig

Wrexham, United Kingdom LL13 0YT

Erddig

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Attraction | "Ground Floor Opulence"

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Having checked out the servants dining with its large centrally placed dining table surrounded by numerous oil paintings (complete with the infamous poems) of the servants we progressed up the stairs to where the family would have entertained their important guests (the state dining room). The table, which was set for 10 but would easily accommodate 20, was flanked by impressive Scagliola columns. These are manufactured with marble chippings in plaster and then polished to complete. They really set this room off to a treat. Available for viewing is a book of dinner parties showing the names of guests set on a seating plan, the type of table decoration used and those all important menus. Clearly the fa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Erddig

Wrexham, United Kingdom LL13 0YT

Erddig

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Attraction | "Outside Grounds"

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The blue sky gave us perfect conditions to explore Erddig’s gardens. Other than the outlying park and farm lands the estate has the formally laid out and cottage style gardens. Bearing in mind that the garden was severely neglected in the 1960s the National Trust has done very well over the last thirty years in returning the land back to the original plan.There’s a plaque at the garden entrance confirming that the house and gardens were opened, by Prince Charles, in 1977 - a mere nine years after they had been handed over by Philip Yorke III to the care of the National Trust. Despite Phillip’s efforts to look after the estate it was haemorrhaging money and he didn’t have the resources to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Erddig

Wrexham, United Kingdom LL13 0YT

Erddig

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Attraction | "Life in the Kitchen"

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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You enter the house by the kitchens and the servants work quarters and after paying your £8 (it’s not cheap but we’re National Trust Members so get in free) you’re standing at the side of the laundry and admiring the display of laundered linen that is out on display (well actually it looks as if the maids have just gone off on a lunch break mid stream preparing the family’s "Sunday best").We next enter the large kitchen with ceiling hooks for the drying of herbs and the hanging of cured meats and I’m intrigued by a recipe for Turtle Soup with a box of "selected sun dried turtle" alongside it. The master of the house had had the inscriptions "Waste not" and "Want not" painted on the arches ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Erddig

Wrexham, United Kingdom LL13 0YT

Erddig

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Attraction | "Working Outdoors"

Erddig Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The National Trust didn’t stop at restoring the house and gardens, indeed it actually started in sorting out the outside work buildings. A sensible move as this ensured that the host of workers had a base to operate from in the buildings that were returned to their original usage. The joiner’s shop dates back to the 19th Century in the days when the carpenters employed on the estate owned all of their own tools. The tools of the trade are now on open display in the out-house and there’s a vast array of chisels and other amazingly well cared for specialist tools. A short information film was being showed in one of the other work rooms and there we learnt that, alongside the joiner, the blacksmi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Erddig

Wrexham, United Kingdom LL13 0YT