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a Historic Building in the town of Wrexham, in the county of Wrexham

About Erddig

This large, handsome red-brick house was built during the 1680's by Thomas Webb for Joshua Edisbury, High Sheriff of Denbighshire. Unfortunately, he was found guilty of embezzlement and had to leave the house shortly after it was completed. The wings of the house are an addition made by the next owner John Mellor, these date from around 1724 the same time as other interior alterations were made.

In 1733 the Yorke family inherited the property, they are responsible for the addition of the stone facing to the west front, and other work dating from the 1770's. The Yorke's appear to have never discarded anything, thus the house is full of family treasures most of which the National Trust who now own the house, have managed to put on display.

This is an intriguing house, it has all the workings of a large 18th-century estate in minute detail. A lovely atmosphere pervades the building, and of the rooms on view the finest is the Saloon, the Tapestry Room, and the severe Neo-Classical Dining Room. In these there is outstanding furniture to be seen, the best pieces are from John Mellor's time, purchased in London before he moved into the house in 1716. Visitors can also see an exquisite State Bedroom.

Interestingly, visitors enter the house through the rear yard and the servants rooms. These, together with the outbuildings and below stairs rooms including the servants hall, still retain original fittings. In these rooms visitors will note the unusual collection of portraits featuring the men and women who served the family. The fact that there are so many early photographs and portraits of the servants illustrates the warmth and cordiality that existed between master and servant at Erddig, unusual during the Victorian and Edwardian period!

In the lovely grounds visitors can explore the pretty 18th-century garden. There is an estate shop, a second hand book shop, restaurant and Exhibition Room. The outbuildings include stables, carriage house, smithy and the old joiners shop.

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