Chirk Castle's collection
When a family lives in the same place for 400 years they gather a diverse collection of art, furniture and curiosities. At Chirk Castle you can discover more of the treasures that accumulated over the years.
Collection items to see at Chirk Castle
Here are just a few of the treasures housed and cared for by the team at Chirk Castle.
The Kings Cabinet
Traditionally said to have been given by Charles II to Sir Thomas Myddelton II in 1661, in thanks for his role in the Restoration of the monarchy. The cabinet is made of ebony with tortoiseshell inlays, internal silver mounts with oil paintings on copper and is of the Flemish School, 17th century, circa 1640-50.
This 35ft long scroll shows the Myddelton family tree from 1670 backwards through the line of Welsh princes and ancient English kings. It was commissioned around 1660 to mark the baronetcy recently granted by King Charles II.
A Japanese chest from c. 1600, with a domed lid covered in shagreen (ray-skin) with panels of lacquer and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The panels show scenes of animals, fruit, birds, trees, flowers and houses. The chest has ornate gilt copper clasps and lock and stands on an English stand.
The chest is thought to have been acquired by Sir Thomas Myddelton I, who made his fortune as a merchant adventurer and was one of the founders of the East India company.
Y Beibl Bach
The most important item in the Chirk Castle library is Sir Thomas Myddelton's copy of Y Beibl Bach. The printing of this popular Welsh edition of the bible, pocket-sized and published in 1630, was partly paid for by Sir Thomas.
Due to its size and affordability, it’s credited with helping keep the Welsh language alive as it brought the written form of the language into thousands of ordinary Welsh homes.
There are many more of Chirk Castle’s treasures to see on the collections site. Why not explore further and learn more about the items cared for by our team?
Chirk Castle was never planned as a family home. It was one of several medieval Marcher fortresses along the Welsh-English border, built to keep the Welsh under English rule.
Visit our tea-room and enjoy homemade cakes that are baked daily, using the freshest ingredients. Or visit the gift shop which is packed with handmade treats and souvenirs.
Indulge your senses and refresh your spirit with a gentle wander amongst the scents and seasonal colours of the rare shrubs and flowers in this lovely five-and-a-half acre garden.
Take a walk around Chirk's fascinating 480-acre parkland, and discover a working landscape full of ancient trees, wild flowers, birds and bugs.