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Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f95

Length: 15.4

Width: 24.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Drawing of Chirk Castle near Wrexham. Chirk Castle is situated at the peak of a large hill. Chirk castle is a 13th century Norman fortress; it is of quadrangular design with a large drum tower on each of the four corners. It was begun by Roger Mortimer, who had been granted the lordship of Chirk by Edward I in 1282. Although Mortimer was executed for treason, work on the castle went on until the 1320s. From 1595 ownership of the castle passed to the Myddleton family, who have owned and lived here until 1978. From the Elizabethan period, it was refurbished to become a family home and its defensive purpose became less important. It was however damaged in the Civil War and after 1660 needed much rebuilding.

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