Explore the servants’ quarters at Erddig and see walls filled with paintings and photographs of the people who worked below stairs. From the kitchen porter and housekeeper to the gardener and gamekeeper, the Yorke family had a close relationship with their servants and celebrated their loyalty, length of service and hard work.
For nearly 200 years, Erddig’s servants were recorded in portraits, photographs and verses. Nothing of such breadth survives anywhere else in the world.
Staff numbers were dwindling and cook-turned-housekeeper, Ellen Penketh’s duties were expanded to include keeping the household accounts. Discover Ellen's story.
The stories of Erddig’s servants are as fascinating, if not more so, than those of the Yorkes themselves. Here we explore what prompted the extraordinary tradition of honouring servants.
Discover the statistics of life below stairs.
Erddig's bells which hang outside the Servants Hall would have rung all day to call the servants to more work. Discover more about life below stairs.
In 1682, Joshua Edisbury was appointed High Sheriff of Denbighshire; it was to be the making of Erddig, and the unmaking of Edisbury.
Discover how rich London lawyer John Meller extended Erddig and filled it with the fine furnishings you can still see today.
Explore life above and below stairs in a unique family home that's captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century.
Plan your Winter adventure at Erddig
What better way to travel than on a horse-drawn carriage? Take a ride through beautiful woodland at Erddig, Wrexham, and then take the kids to meet the working horses at grooming time.