The Garden Facade
Built / Designed For: William Mostyn
House & Family History: One of the greatest of all Welsh families, the Hill-Trevor family were first recorded at Brynkinalt in 942! Their house is located just over the border into the Principality from Shropshire in a ravishingly beautiful situation looking out over the valley of the River Ceriog. Today the handsome main block of the house represents a rebuilding of the ancient mansion in brick under the aegis of Sir Edward Trevor in 1612. The paneled Entrance Hall still remains redolent of his time and is hung with countless family portraits, including that of Sir John Trevor (1637-1717), speaker of the House of Commons. Sir John's daughter, Anne, provided the family's connection with the viscounts Dungannon, who lived at Brynkinalt through the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. Charlotte, Viscountess Dungannon, was herself largely responsible for the large-scale rebuildings of the House in the early 19th century. These works, probably assisted by the Shrewsbury architect Joseph Bromfield, gave Brynkinalt its large columned and galleried Great Hall, together with a sequence of elegant Regency reception rooms. Her Conservatory, perched on a terrace above the Park, which closes the end of the enfilade of drawing rooms, is especially effective, linking the mansion with the romantic Park that she, too, embellished with follies and plantings. Today Brynkinalt is home of The Hon. Iain Hill-Trevor, his wife Kate, and their children and is the well cared-for hub of one of the most dynamic British estates. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Brynkinalt).
Collections: Pieter Bruegel the Younger's "Adoration of the Magi" was sold by Christie's on July 9, 1982.
Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
Year Published: 1990
Reference: pg. P 1213
Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
Author: Sayer, Michael
Year Published: 1993
Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Unknown
Seat of: The Hon. Iain Hill-Trevor; Hill-Trevor family here since 942.
Past Seat of: Sir Edward Trevor, 17th century; Arthur Hill-Trevor, 1st Viscount Dungannon, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Available for functions and conferences.