U3A Todmorden Let’s Go trip 16 July

For our last outing before the summer break a visit to Erddig Hall, near Wrexham, was chosen. However, for various reasons, there were an unusually low number of members who travelled.

The day was fine and the greeting from the staff, warm.

Erddig, now a National Trust property has benefitted from not having a complete makeover. Most of the property has been refurbished but much of the fixtures and fittings are still as the last owner left them. In fact many of the room Guides knew the Yorkes.

The Yorke family are well known for having portraits, and latterly, photographs of their retainers. The most famous, having been featured on TV, is that of Jane Ebbrell (1793): Housemaid and Spider Brusher (an old term for Domestic Servant); with a face that would frighten.

The gardens themselves are worth a visit and the gardeners showed remarkable patience answering numerous questions.