DiCamillo Companion
Wales

Hawarden Castle (Hawarden Park) (Howarden Castle) (Broadlane Hall)

  • 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)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2003
    Reference: pg. 451
    Publisher: Surrey: The National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust
    ISBN: 0900558369
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "A History of Britain" (2000 - TV documentary series). "Gladstone and Disraeli: Clash of the Titans" (2009 - BBC TV documentary).
  • 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

    Website: http://hawardenpark.play-cricket.com

    Historic Houses Member: No