The National Trust, Erddig, LL13 0YT Wrexham

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Erddig’s story is all about relationships – those of the family, the servants and the wider community. It is unpretentious, unconventional and unexpected, always offering a friendly welcome. It was home to a family that took an almost curatorial attitude to their possessions. Many are recorded in verse, as are generations of servants whose portraits were commissioned by the family. With their working areas almost unchanged, Erddig is a place where servants and their lives are not forgotten. Erddig’s beautiful gardens welcome families to play today, as photographs show the Yorkes doing a century ago. Fruit trees still grow here, as records show they did in Joshua Edisbury’s garden in 1700. For 200 years, the parkland has been open to the local community as a place of tranquility or adventure. Secrets wait to be discovered here, from the earliest origins of Wrexham to the technology of an 18th-century designed landscape. All around, tenant farmers continue the work of generations. Erddig is a place where old memories are found and new memories are made. “Where fragrance, peace and beauty reign, Farewell! But welcome here again.” Philip Yorke II

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