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18th Century water feature fights against floods at Erddig

June 12, 2019

The team of rangers at National Trust Erddig in Wrexham are advising visitors to take extreme care if choosing to visit the estate during floods.

 

Footage of William Emes’ historic water feature shows deluge of water falling through the cylindrical cascade.

 

As severe flooding continues throughout the country, National Trust Erddig in Wrexham shares its own flood perspective and highlights that the challenge is nothing new.

 

Landscape designer William Emes was commissioned by Philip Yorke I in 1768 to not only create an aesthetically attractive landscape but also to increase the agricultural value of the land by reducing the serious flooding of the Afon Clywedog.

 

 

Emes created gravelled walks throughout the large pleasure grounds, planted many trees which are still thriving today, and manipulated the flow of water across the park through a series of cascades and weirs.

 

His most unique alteration to the Erddig landscape was the Cup and Saucer waterfall. This feature, which can still be seen today, works by gathering water in a shallow circular stone basin with a cylindrical waterfall at its centre, the water falls through this cascade and then emerges from a tunnel several yards downstream.   

 

 To find out more about what's on at Erddig over the coming months (once the sun reappears!!) follow this link.

 

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