As Wrexham enjoys an encouraging boost in tourist numbers, it’s
wonderful to see so many new visitors being drawn to the green spaces
and areas of historic interest which have stood proudly in the area for
centuries. As the home to two National Trust sites – Erddig and Chirk
Castle – Wrexham’s families have been employed for generations in
the loving maintenance of these homes and gardens, and as visitor spend
flourishes, so too do the employment opportunities and traditional
skills required to maintain them. Acknowledged as one of Britain’s
finest historic houses, Erddig in particular has a gift for enchanting
Bringing history to life
Built between 1684-1687 for Josiah Edisbury, today’s Erddig still features blossoming fruit trees, similar to those which records show were planted as per Edisbury’s wishes at the time of building. In the surrounding forest, history-lovers can delight in the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle, imagining 12th century border conflicts raging around them. Inside, visitors can marvel at the textiles, fine furniture and wallpapers which have stood the test of time, as well as portraits of the generations of servants who cared for the home and its occupants. These were commissioned by the family themselves in an unusual move which demonstrates the mutual respect and admiration between both parties.
A quiet haven
Fans of both gardening and engineering can appreciate the stunning design of William Eames’s “cup and saucer” cascade, set in the 1,200 acre landscaped gardens, which were also designed by Eames. Research has shown that spending time in nature boosts your health; even if it’s only sitting for a short while in Erddig’s beautiful gardens. The sense of tranquility and peace created by fountains offers a soothing escape from the everyday stresses of life, making the grounds an ideal place for many people to relax with a good book or sketchpad.
Erddig for everyone
In addition to exploring the enchanting history of this stately home and enjoying picnics and strolls in its immaculate gardens, Erddig continues to provide a wide variety of offerings for every age group. Visitors and locals are encouraged to attend its seasonal traditional markets and the much appreciated autumnal Cider festival. The surrounding forest is also home to a Woodland classroom, encouraging children and adults alike to embrace nature and immerse themselves in the great outdoors. From shelter-building to wildflower identification, this classroom offers life skills which ultimately benefit Wrexham’s ecosystems and future generations. Finally, for thrill seekers, the pine forest of Llandegla offers off-road cycling with spectacular scenery.
Wrexham is privileged to enjoy such a stunning slice of history at Erddig. Lovingly maintained, this 18th Century country house and gardens offer every generation a chance to learn and relax in harmony alongside each other. As word spreads and visitors continue to travel to the area from far and wide, the resulting boost to the economy can help Wrexham thrive well into the future; bearing fruit much like Josiah Edisbury’s trees.
Source: Alicia Rennoll