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Castle artefacts going under the hammer.

THE final touches are being put to hundreds of items up for grabs at next week's pounds 1m Chirk Castle auction.

The sale features a range of weird and wonderful artefacts, including a large wooden bathing tub used by Georgian laundry girls, 18th century leather fire buckets, Victorian metal dog collars and a 19th century spin-dryer.

Christie's sale,on Monday, was prompted by the Myddelton family's decision to leave the castle after an unbroken connection with the property dating back to 1595.

Guy Myddelton is seeking somewhere quieter to bring up his young children,although he will keep an apartment in the castle.

His ancestor,Sir Thomas Myddelton,fourth of the nine sons of the Governor of Denbigh Castle in the reign of Edward VI,acquired the castle and its estate for pounds 5,000 - an enormous sum in 1595.

It later played a crucial role in the Civil War.

Everyday items reflecting a life of privilege and the daily drudgery of employees are expected to attract considerable interest from dealers and private collectors keen to snap up a piece of history.

n Sale of the centuries -see tomorrow's Weekend Post.


Porter Jamie Doran polishes an Italian carved model of a lion,one of the hundreds of curios up for grabs at the auction of items from Chirk Castle next week. The event is to be staged in London by Christie's auctioneers Picture: STACEY ROBERTS
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2004
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