The Clwyd branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust have been sharing our heritage, supported by the Capability Brown Festival. A six panel Capability Brown exhibition celebrating his work at Wynnstay, and his influence upon William Emes and Humphry Repton, has been seen by hundreds in North East Wales.
First exhibited at the Wynnstay Arms in Ruabon, opposite the original main entrance to the estate, it was seen by people coming to watch the Six Nations. Perhaps Brown and his patron, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 4th Baronet, once enjoyed a pint here.
Then the show went to the Ty Mawr Country Park visitor centre in Cefn throughout the summer holidays. Here young families could find out about the rare Welsh Brownian landscape, whilst going to see rare breeds and enjoy the walk along the River Dee.
At The Pavilion in Llangollen, the show was exhibited in the main foyer, where happily there is also a bar, in time for a Harley Davidson Bikers Club meet and the 6,000 the following week who came to the Llangollen Balloon Festival. Those waiting or queuing for a pint certainly had time to see the show. One of the bikers remembered happy days helping with the shoot at Wynnstay.
The exhibition has also been to Chirk Castle, Plas Newydd in Llangollen and spent half-term at the Llangollen Library.
It will next be seen at the Hawarden Record Office, followed by Wrexham Museum and then return to Ruabon where the story began. Check the Festival Events page for forthcoming dates.
Many thanks to our many hosts who have helped us share this special heritage with a wider audience.
About the Author: Glynis Shaw, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust