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Wynnstay Column

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ruabon, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9804 / 52°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.0355 / 3°2'7"W

OS Eastings: 330568

OS Northings: 343065

OS Grid: SJ305430

Mapcode National: GBR 74.J74T

Mapcode Global: WH89B.BBRZ

Entry Name: Wynnstay Column

Listing Date: 22 February 1995

Last Amended: 22 February 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15746

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Situated near the eastern edge of Bathground Wood, 500m NW of Wynnstay Hall.

County: Wrexham

Community: Ruabon (Rhiwabon)

Community: Ruabon

Locality: Wynnstay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The Column was erected by the mother of the fourth baronet, Dame Francis, in memory of her son Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn who died in 1788. It was designed by James Wyatt and erected in 1789. Wyatt was at that time carrying out alterations to the main house.


Colossal stone fluted Doric column, surmounted by a large bronze urn adorned with goats heads. The column rests on square stone base with entry by a single doorway with a moulded stone architrave, late C20 steel door. On the NE side of the base is a rectangular shallow recess which originally contained an inscribed plaque reading -
'FILIO OPTIMO MATER - EHEU - SUPERSTES' [To the best of sons his mother who - alas - survives him dedicates this]. The column is over 35m high, inside there is a spiral staircase which leads to a railed walkway at the top.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as a fine example of a commemorative garden structure, which is a prominent landmark not only within the historic landscape but also in the surrounding community.

Group value with Wynnstay Hall and the other listed structures in the park and garden.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ice House
    Situated close to the edge of Bathground Wood 70m SW of Wynnstay Column.
  • II Sluice Outlet
    Remotely sited within Wynnstay Park; in Bathground Wood 50m to the west of the Cascade.
  • II* Cascade
    Remotely sited within Wynnstay Park; in Bathground Wood 230m east of Wynnstay Column.
  • II Boat House
    Situated close to the head of the lake 500m NW of Wynnstay Hall, reached from a track running W from the private road to the Hall.
  • II Plunge Pool
    Situated within Wynnstay Park, 450m S of Ruabon in Bathground Wood. Reached from a drive running S off the slip road to the A539 E bound off the A483 at Ruabon.
  • II* The Bath House Wynnstay
    Situated within Wynnstay Park, 450m S of Ruabon in Bathground Wood. Reached from a drive running S off the slip road to the A539 E bound off the A483 at Ruabon.
  • II Former Estate Office at Wynnstay Hall
    Situated to N of the Stable Block at Wynnstay Hall.
  • II Stable block at Wynnstay Hall
    Situated immediately to N of Wynnstay Hall.

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