The House from "Morris's County Seats," circa 1880.
An 1829 engraving of the House from "Neale's Views of Seats"
An 1891 photo of the House from a stereoscope card
House & Family History: Hawarden was the seat of the famous 19th century four-time prime minister William Gladstone (and is still home to his descendants today). It was to Flintshire that rail excursions were organized to see Gladstone famously chopping wood at Hawarden. One of the legacies of William Gladstone is the Gladstone bag, a small, stiff leather portmanteau suitcase built over a rigid frame that the prime minister was frequently seen carrying, and which he made famous. The bag separates into two equal sections, and, unlike a suitcase, a Gladstone bag is deeper in proportion to its length.
Garden & Outbuildings: In addition to the ruins of the medieval Hawarden Castle, the grounds are also home to the Hawarden Park Cricket Club, established here in 1866 and frequently cited as one of the most attractive cricket grounds in Great Britain.
J.B. Burke: Vol. I, p. 66, 1852.
J.P. Neal: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.
Country Life: CXLI, 1516, 1608, 1676, 1967.
Title: Gardens of England and Wales Open for Charity, 2003 (The Yellow Book)
Year Published: 2003
Reference: pg. 451
Publisher: Surrey: The National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade I
Seat of: Charles and Caroline Gladstone, since 2009.
Past Seat of: Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, Bt., 19th century; Glynne family here 1654-1874. William Ewart Gladstone, 1874-98 (Gladstone's wife was a Glynne, through whom he acquired Hawarden); Sir William Gladstone, 7th Bt., 1968-2009.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Access to the grounds is through the Hawarden Park Cricket Club.
House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only
Historic Houses Member: No