Halkyn Castle

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Halkyn Castle
Location Halkyn, Flintshire, Wales
Coordinates 53°13′45″N 3°11′09″W / 53.2293°N 3.1857°W / 53.2293; -3.1857Coordinates: 53°13′45″N 3°11′09″W / 53.2293°N 3.1857°W / 53.2293; -3.1857
Built 1824–27; 1866
Built for Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster; Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster
Architect John Buckler;
Douglas & Fordham
Architectural style(s) Tudor Revival
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 26 November 1996
Reference no. 17792

Halkyn Castle is a mansion house in the village of Halkyn, Flintshire, Wales. The house, with its associated stable block, is designated by Cadw as a Grade II* listed building.[1]

History[edit]

The house was designed by the architect John Buckler and built between 1824 and 1827 for Robert Grosvenor, who was at the time the 2nd Earl Grosvenor, and later the 1st Marquess of Westminster. The building of the castle was supervised by Benjamin Gummow, the Earl's architect and surveyor.[2] It was used as a sporting lodge and, on occasions, for living accommodation.[1] In 1886 the Chester firm of architects, Douglas and Fordham, added an extension in Elizabethan style for the 1st Duke of Westminster.[3] The extension consisted of a wing containing a new drawing room. Internal alterations were made which included a staircase, and a chimneypiece in the dining room.[4]

Architecture[edit]

The house is built in buff ashlar stone. Most of the windows are mullioned and transomed. Its more striking architectural features include castellated walls, towers, turrets, and many chimney stacks.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halkyn Castle and attached Stable Block, Cadw, retrieved 19 December 2016 
  2. ^ Colvin H. A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 Yale University Press, 3rd edition London, 1995, 436
  3. ^ Hubbard, Edward (1991), The Work of John Douglas, London: The Victorian Society, p. 151, ISBN 0-901657-16-6 
  4. ^ Hubbard, Edward (1986), Clwyd, The Buildings of Wales, London: Penguin, p. 359, ISBN 0-14-071052-3