Erddig memories

Erddig head gardener meeitng Philip Yorke III

Many people have fond memories of the last squire of Erddig; perhaps of seeing him whizzing through Wrexham on his penny farthing, being invited into his crumbling home for a jam sandwich or even having a personal guided tour of Erddig when the property opened to the public in 1978.

" There would be old wirelesses and televisions that Philip bought at a jumble sale. Many times we’d go in there and he would have his motorbike all in pieces and we wouldn't dare touch it. He had so many funny ways. "
- An Erddig maid

Rarely forgotten

Philip Yorke III was certainly a man who, once met, was rarely forgotten.

These memories help us bring to life the extraordinary story of Erddig and of the family that lived here, and in collecting and sharing the many fascinating memories people have we are continuing the Yorke family tradition of recording and preserving their heritage for future generations.

" I sometimes ask myself how many families would be prepared to go about on bicycles and broken-down cars and restrict their enjoyment as my family has done for the sole purpose of preserving our heritage intact."
- Philip Yorke III

Every object has a story to tell

The Yorkes hardly ever threw anything away, carefully storing and recording the relics of their lives in diaries, letters and even verse.  The diverse contents and archives of the house became part of a family correspondence, handed down and preserved lovingly over time until at last they were entrusted to us. Every object has a story to tell.

If you have a memory to share please contact us on and help us pass on these special stories to future generations.

" My only interest for many years has been that this unique establishment for which my family have foregone many luxuries and comforts over seven generations should now be dedicated to the enjoyment of all those who have interests beyond the bare necessities of life who may come here and see a part of our national heritage preserved for all foreseeable time."
- Philip Yorke III