Ruthin: 16th April 2016
On the way back to the hotel, we called at Nantclwyd y Dre, which stands in Castle Street, just a short walk from the hotel gates. It’s claimed to be the oldest dated timbered house in Wales, being started in 1435, and continually extended and altered over the centuries.
It was originally intended as a dwelling place, and possibly place of business for a prosperous local weaver, but it has, of course, changed hands and usage many times. It’s been a rectory, a lodge for visiting judges and a Victorian schoolroom.
The widow of the last owner sold the house to Clwyd (now Denbighshire) County Council in 1984 and it’s now open to the public.
Rather than encapsulate just one period of history, though, the rooms contain artefacts from different times, from the 15th Century ‘business room’ to the World War II hall … they like to call it ‘The Seven Ages of Nantclwyd y Dre’. The attic floor is still occupied … by a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats!
Another feature is the extensive garden, from which you get what is probably the best view of Ruthin Castle from the outside