Visiting the house at Erddig
Erddig was on the brink of ruin during the early seventies. A crumbling Welsh stately home, the house was sinking, the roof was leaking and the destructive forces of nature were setting in. Today, thanks to a four-year restoration project, you can see a family home filled with a collection of servants’ portraits and poems, fine interiors and furniture.
A house fit for a High Sheriff at Erddig
The house was built in 1683 to 1687 by the Cheshire mason Thomas Webb for Joshua Edisbury, High Sheriff of Denbighshire, whose building ambitions bankrupted him when Elihu Yale called in his loans.
In 1721 to 1724 two-storey wings were added to the north and the south, creating ‘rooms of parade’ for John Meller, Master in Chancery.
Things to see in the house at Erddig
Downstairs, a large collection of servants’ portraits and carefully preserved rooms capture life below stairs in the early 20th century, while upstairs is a treasure trove of fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers.
Life below stairs
Take a closer look at the servants’ portraits, both oil paintings and photographs, and you’ll see a unique collection of poems dedicated to each servant.
The Neo-classical interiors include fine examples of 18th-century Chinese wallpaper and a chapel with late 18th-century fittings. Don’t miss Erddig's magnificent State Bedroom featuring a fragile bed embroidered in Chinese silk, bought by John Meller in 1720 with carved and gilded gesso work by John Belchier.
Family fun in the house at Erddig
Young children can have fun trying to spot the teddies hidden throughout the house or trying to figure out what the modern equivalents are for some of the strange contraptions that can be seen. The dust extractor and Victorian ‘shower’ are firm favourites.
Find out why keeping Erddig in the dark is one of the most important ways to protect the rooms and furnishings.
Erddig has the second largest collection of items in the whole of the National Trust. With a total of 30,000 to care for, it's no mean feat for the house team of conservators and volunteers. We’re an accredited museum too.
From daffodils in spring to 180 apple varieties in autumn, find out about this 18th-century walled garden and its seasonal activities and highlights.
Find out about the High Sheriff who lived beyond his means when he built Erddig, the rich London lawyer who extended and redecorated it and 240 years of the Yorke family.