Wynnstay (also known as Watstay)3609

Ruabon, Wales

Brief Description

Wynnstay is one of the largest and most important 18th-century landscape parks in Wales. It retains many of its historic features, some of which are attributed to Richard Woods and Capability Brown. A pleasure garden designed by Brown survives as well as part of a rockwork cascade. There are many monuments and built structures in the park and a formal terrace around the house.


The estate belonged to the powerful Watkins Williams Wynn family from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. The house became a school in the mid-20th century and is now largely converted into luxury apartments.

  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The present house is the last of several on the site. After a fire in 1858 the house was rebuilt in the French renaissance chateau style.
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  • Bath House
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  • Cascade
  • Description: Part of the rockwork cascade designed by Brown remains although the lake has gone.
  • Obelisk
  • Description: Tall doric fluted column erected in memory of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 4th baronet.
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Civil Parish

  • Ruabon
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