The garden over the centuries

late autumn mist at The Weir

This smooth curve of the River Wye and its banks have been in use since Roman times. However, our family history starts in the tail end of the fifteenth century.

Henry VII reign

David Boys owned The Weir estate.

Henry VIII's reign

The Smyth family occupied the estate.

The eighteen century

The last male heir, Richard Smyth died c.1765. The estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Timothy Markham. In 1775/7 Markham built a new mansion on top of the hill and called it The New Weir. Towards the end of the century Markham split the estate and records show he sold The New Weir to Joseph Sabine. However, in 1785 it was purchased by William Parry.

Parry added new wings and a fascia to the mansion in 1787/9. He followed Humphry Repton’s advice and later also made improvements to the pleasure grounds. With Parry’s death, The New Weir was put up for let.

The nineteenth century

John Griffiths bought The New Weir in 1821. His eldest son, John Harward Griffiths inherited in 1867.  However, Griffiths moved to Staffordshire in 1878 and the property was put up for let for over 40 years.

Edward Griffiths inherited in 1885 and continued to rent out the property but it was put up for auction in 1919 and purchased by the grandson of John Griffiths, Frederick Griffiths

The twentieth century

Roger Parr paid the deposit for The New Weir in 1923 and moved in a year later. He made improvements to the mansion, pleasure grounds and the walled garden. He bought The Old Weir in 1927 and reunited the estate.

Morris and the National Trust

Parr left the estate to the National Trust in 1959. Victor Morris, Parr’s chauffeur was allowed to live in the mansion during his lifetime. After Morris’s death, The New Weir was converted into a nursing home.