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Plas Teg is one of the most important Jacobean houses in Wales. Located near the village of Pontblyddyn between Wrexham and Mold, it was built by Sir John Trevor I in about 1610. At the time of construction it was the most advanced houses in Wales and few others of this date can truly be compared to its uniqueness. Throughout the early 17th Century it was primarily a family home and the setting for lavish entertainments put on by the Trevor family. It was only after the death of Lady Margaret Trevor, wife of Sir John Trevor and the onset of the Civil War that the house was tenanted out and the family resided at their other residences.

The estate finally left the hands of the Trevors around 1930 and it was during this time the decline of the house began. By 1958, Plas Teg was under threat of demolition, but a preservation order was placed on the house. The house was now derelict and was purchased by a Trevor descendent, Patrick Trevor-Roper who partially restored the building with funds from the Historic Buildings Council. Patrick then leased out the house until 1977 until Mr and Mrs William Llewelyn bought the house. The couple only used parts of the ground floor but sadly the rest of the house became little more than a ruin. Fortunes dramatically changed in 1986 when Cornelia Bayley (the present owner) acquired Plas Teg for £75,000. She carried out a series of works at a cost of £400,000, £199,000 of which was funded by CADW. Ten months after purchase, the house was opened to the public and still is to this day. A book detailing the history of Plas Teg and the Trevor family was released by Mark Baker in 2006 and has been reprinted October 2007 after selling out. The revised second edition tackles the theories regarding Judge Jeffries as well as expanding on the history of the Plas Teg.

Writer Clive Hopwood has said that "Plas Teg" translates to "fair house", adding: "you could look at the house's history over the centuries, and it's got anything but a fair history: it's dark, it's gruesome, it's full of bloodthirsty deeds and sorrowful events."[1] Plas Teg was built amidst a great battle between Christian religion and the much darker, older Pagan beliefs. Sir John Trevor had a witch sign carved in the fireplace, which he believed would prevent evil spirits from coming in down the chimney.

Plas Teg is said to be one of the "most haunted" houses in Wales and has featured on Living's Most Haunted programme on two occasions. The second occasion was featured as part of the Halloween Most Haunted Live! series on 31 October, 2007. It was also featured in Ghost Hunting With... Girls Aloud in 2006, where the girls visited the house as their first location, where they claimed to have experienced paranormal activity.[2]

The county of Flintshire is said to be a land filled with dark and mysterious tales of spirits and hauntings, though researchers have found that the most chilling cases are found in the foreboding confines of Plasteg. One notable case is that of the grey lady, described as the most popular of such entities in North East Wales. The old woman is reported to have been seen moving across the A541 into the path of traffic.[3]

On 4th March 2010, Plas Teg was the subject of a Channel 4 television programme presented by hotelier Ruth Watson as part of her Country House Rescue series.[4]

Further reading

Baker, M. Plas Teg – A Jacobean Country House. Mold: 2006.

References

  1. ^ Extreme Ghost Stories, ITV 2007. Episode 2 part 4
  2. ^ Morgan, Gareth. "Girls Aloud' haunted mansion ordeal". Western Mail. 25 Nov 2006
  3. ^ Bourne, Nick. "Grey ladies". BBC Wales. 17 Sept 2009
  4. ^ Channel 4. Country House Rescue - Plas Teg

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Preceded by
Ghost Story: Llanerchaeron House
"Ghost Stories" on ITV Wales
January 30 2008 (Season 2, Episode 2)
Succeeded by
Ghost Story: Newbridge Memorial Hall

Coordinates: 53°07′47″N 3°04′02″W / 53.12972°N 3.06722°W / 53.12972; -3.06722

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