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Footballers and Prime Ministers

Hawarden (pronounced Harden) is an interesting village about 5 miles west of Chester so a visit here is easy to combine with a trip to Chester.
It is worth a visit too. It's an attractive village centered around the estate of former prime minister William Gladstone who died here in Hawarden Castle in 1898. The castle is not open to the public but part of the grounds are. The village itself has many estate houses of stone along the main road and at least three good pubs that serve excellent food.
Another more recent resident of Hawarden is the England footballer Michael Owen.
The village also has the unusual St Deiniol's Library that was funded by Gladstone. It is the only residential library in Britain.

William Gladstone

One of the most famous prime ministers of the 19th century Gladstone is synonymous with Hawarden even though he was born in Liverpool (some 20 miles away). He was to serve as prime minister for four terms and as a Liberal was an advocate of home rule for Ireland. If you are more interested then Google him.
You will find references to Gladstone everywhere in Hawarden like the statue pictured.

  • Last visit to Hawarden: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    It's amazing how much history is preserved in England... Everything seems soaked in proud history...

  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Was in the Fox and Grapes yesterday. It was well busy lots of mums were getting treated to a meal. Mama Muguruki had her slap up at Glas Fryn in Mold.


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