Glanusk Park

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Glanusk Park
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Engraving of Glanusk Park, circa 1880
General information
Town or cityCrickhowell, Powys
CountryWales, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°52′01″N 3°10′23″W / 51.867°N 3.173°W / 51.867; -3.173
ClientSir Joseph Bailey

Glanusk Park is a country estate in Wales, United Kingdom, situated near the town of Crickhowell, Powys and was established in 1826[1] by ironmaster Sir Joseph Bailey. The park features in the hereditary title Baron Glanusk which was given to Sir Joseph's grandson, Sir Joseph Russell Bailey in 1899 who at that time was the Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire. The park and estate contains 20,000 acres (8,100 ha) of common land, 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) of farmland, 29 let residential properties, 7 let farms and a five-mile (8 km) stretch of the River Usk. There are 400 acres (160 ha) of private parkland and 800 acres (320 ha) of forest which also includes a collection of over 200 different species of oak trees.[2]

Glanusk Park and Estate is privately owned by the Legge-Bourke family. It is situated in the countryside of the Usk Valley, South Wales in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is one of the largest privately owned estates in Wales.[3]


Joseph Bailey and his brother, Crawshay Bailey,[4][5] had made a fortune working for their uncle, Richard Crawshay, who owned the Cyfarthfa Ironworks near Merthyr Tydfil. Joseph had bought estates in Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Herefordshire, and Glamorganshire, including the estate of Glanusk Park[1] in 1826.

The mansion that was built by the founder was demolished in 1952,[6] due to fire damage which took place during the Army's requisition of the building.[2]

The family still live in the Dower house (Penmyarth) within the estate grounds. Numerous other buildings are acknowledged as of either grade II or grade III architectural importance. These include the Tower Bridge, the Stable Yard, numerous farm buildings dating from 1826 and a private chapel. Some Celtic standing stones are also within the estate.[citation needed]

Crickhowell & Penmyarth Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1897 and played on a course at Glanusk Park. The club and course disappeared in the late 1960s.[7]


Today, Glanusk is a well-established and diversified country estate with successful farming, private residential, commercial, sporting, wedding and holiday-let interests. There is a world-class pheasant and partridge shoot operated in partnership with Mark Coleman Sporting, and some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the country[8]. The estate is also a premier events venue which hosts, amongst others, the annual Green Man Festival and has previously been the site of Welsh Polo, Glanusk International Horse Trials and a number of smaller events and charitable functions including the annual NGS Open Garden and Estate Fair and Fun Ride. In 2017 the estate will host the World Field Target Championships, an international sporting competition.

Shân Legge-Bourke, Lord Lieutenant of Powys and a lady-in-waiting to The Princess Royal, is the (present) owner of the Glanusk estate.[9] She is the daughter of Wilfred Bailey who was the third Baron Glanusk. Her daughter Tiggy Legge-Bourke, nanny to Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, grew up at Glanusk and still lives on the estate.

In 2013 fifteen poisoned birds of prey, and five poisoned pheasants likely used as bait, were found on the outer estate grounds in what was reported as the "most significant wildlife poisoning case ever recorded in Wales". The birds were poisoned with Bendiocarb and the birds were discovered "on a forested area of the outer estate grounds". A police investigation resulted in two arrests, but the Crown Prosecution Service advised that there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution.[10][11]

A Murder[edit]

In 1876, Glanusk was the scene of a murder when the estate's gamekeeper, George King, was shot whilst he and his under-keeper, Philip Hooper, were trying to apprehend poachers. No one was ever convicted for this crime.[12] He left a widow, Eliza, and eight children. There is a "King's Wood" which is said to be named after George. The man who was tried and acquitted for the murder was forced to emigrate to America where it is said[13] he received confirmation of a deathbed confession from South Wales.


  1. ^ a b Victorian Crickhowell - Glanusk Park
  2. ^ a b Glanusk Park Estate Home Page
  3. ^
  4. ^ Learn the Crawshay Bailey song - Teaching resource. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Learn to sing Crawshay Bailey's engine. Retrieved from
  6. ^ 1771-1918: deeds and papers rel to portion of Glanusk estate
  7. ^ Dean, John (2012). "Crickhowell & Penmyarth Golf Club, Glanusk Park, Powys. (1897 - 1960s)". "Golf's Missing Links". Retrieved from
  8. ^
  9. ^ BBC guide to "The Lady of Glanusk"
  10. ^ James McCarthy (7 September 2016). "Dead birds of prey found on estate in 'most significant wildlife poisoning case ever recorded in Wales'". WalesOnline. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  11. ^ Sam Dean (9 September 2016). "Mystery poisoners blamed for 'truly dreadful' killing of birds of prey at family estate of former royal nanny". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Fatal Poaching Affray" Abergavenny Chronicle and Monmouthshire Gazette, 22 January 1876
  13. ^ The John Watkins story

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Coordinates: 51°52′08″N 3°10′19″W / 51.869°N 3.172°W / 51.869; -3.172