HISTORY of Hensol Castle
As you would expect with a 17th Century stately home, Hensol Castle has an abundance of history, that’s just waiting to be discovered.
There’s striking features at every turn, from turrets and gothic towers to sweeping staircases and original architecture, all of which are encased in the magnificent walls of this 400-year old castle.
Set within an enchanting estate, which boasts 650 acres of rolling Welsh countryside, a 15 acre serpentine lake, the Grade I listed Hensol Castle provides an unrivalled setting for your event or special occasion.
Hensol Castle has had a number of renowned owners and a variety of uses in its 400-year history
Its first distinguished owner, Judge David Jenkins, was a famous lawyer and supporter of Charles I during the Civil War.
The estate was later owned by the Talbot family, where Solicitor General Charles Talbot became Hensol Castle’s first owner to be raised to the peerage and become the Baron Talbot of Hensol.
In 1790, the castle was owned by Samuel Richardson, known for introducing the threshing machine to the world of agriculture, before being sold to a celebrated family of iron masters, the Crawshays of Cyfarthfa. During their ownership, Benjamin Hall became Chief Commissioner of Works at Westminster in 1885.
More recently, Hensol Castle has been used as a stage set for the television series Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Torchwood before it was carefully restored to its former splendour by the Leeke family.
Did you know… Benjamin Hall oversaw the construction of the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, more commonly known as Big Ben, which was affectionately named after his stature as a ‘towering figure’