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Halkyn Castle f.220

Halkyn Castle f.220

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36396

Item number: f.220

Length: 26.2

Width: 35.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Halkyn is the earliest inhabited settlement in this part of Flintshire, with archaeological finds supporting evidence of stone age occupation. The history of habitation and building in this area is connected to the agricultural, mining and quarrying opportunities the land provided. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the surrounding area underwent a population explosion as miners and their families moved from Derbyshire to seek employment in the growing mining industry.

This sketch shows the exterior of Halkyn Castle, built in the 1820s for the Grosvenor family who drastically transformed the layout of the village. They realigned roads, moved the parish church and built their new residence in the heart of the old village.

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