The large drum towers and curtain walls originally constructed in the late 13th century by Roger Mortimer were extensively restored following damage during the Civil War.
There is a large collection of civil war matchlock muskets, halberds, three bar helms and cavalry armour in the entrance hall, indicative of Chirk's important role in the Civil War.
Owned and occupied by the Myddleton family from 1595, the family slowly transformed the imposing defensive structure into a impressive stately home with large, ornamental gardens.
Sir Thomas Myddleton fought for the Parliamentarians in the Civil War and quickly lost Chirk to the Royalists. He was unable to retake the castle, most likely as he was unwilling to use artillery on his home.
By 1646, the Myddletons were back at Chirk and Sir Thomas' son, also Thomas. They supported the return of exiled Charles and the castle was sieged by Parliamentarians in 1659, leading to sighting and extensive damage to the east wing. The castle was uninhabitable for the next decade. The final picture shows the fine detailing of the ebony and silver king chest the Myddletons received for supporting the king.
The Red Hand of Chirk can be seen all around the castle, as well as the three wolf heads of the Myddleton crest. There are many myths surrounding the red hand, including the bloodstsined hand of a Knight in battle, the severed hand of a Welsh prisoner and a race between to sons to touch the gate.
The National Trust purchased the property in the 1970s and the castle and grounds have been open to the public since. Both are worth taking the time to explore, and the gardens are especially pleasant in the spring with vast swathes of snowdrops blooming the the woods, followed by lots of daffodils.
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