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Mostyn Hall and Gardens are located near the village of Mostyn, Flintshire, Wales. They are situated on the Dee estuary between Prestatyn to the North West and Holywell to the South East. The Hall is a Grade I listed building. | Mostyn Hall and Gardens are not open to the public.| Mostyn Hall has been in the hands of the Mostyn family for several centuries, and the seat of the baronets and barons of Mostyn. In the 1840s the 1st Baron Mostyn commissioned Ambrose Poynter to remodel the existing house. This was carried out mainly in 1846–47 in Jacobean style, this being inspired by the pre-existing building. | The entrance gates leading to the house were constructed in 1896. They were designed in early 18th-century Baroque style by the Chester architect John Douglas and built by James Swindley. The gates, the associated piers and the bridge nearby are recognised as a Grade II listed building. | Mostyn Gardens were a former deer park enclosed by mixed woodland and a fine early-19th-century parkland layout, with numerous drives and lodges. Further work to restore and rejuvenate the gardens continues into the 21st century and includes a 20th-century Japanese garden. | Mostyn Family History and the King of England : | An interesting footnote to history concerns the Mostyn family, of Mostyn Hall, and King Henry Tudor’s capture of the throne of England. | The Mostyn family descended from the marriage of Ieuan Fychan (d. 1457 ), of Pengwern , Llangollen, with Angharad, daughter and heiress of Hywel (or Howel), son of Tudor ap Ithel Fychan. (For how long this land had belonged to Hywel 's ancestors is unknown, but it is surmised that it formed part of the territory of Hywel 's ancestor, Edwin of Tegeingl). | Ieuan Fychan, was second-cousin, on the maternal side, to Edmund, Earl of Richmond , and Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke. In 1415 he was an esquire in the retinue of Thomas Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel and Surrey and Lord of Chirk. | Ieuan 's son, Hywel ap Ieuan, followed the fortunes of the house of Lancaster, and his kinsman, Jasper Tudor, sought refuge at Mostyn in 1464. | Hywel ap Ieuan married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Gloddaeth, and their son, Richard ap Hywel (Howel) also supported the house of Lancaster in its fight for the throne of England. The writer Thomas Pennant described a visit paid to Mostyn by Henry of Richmond ( Henry VII ). It is said that Mostyn was a centre for the planning that was to give the Welshman Henry Tudor his victory at Bosworth. | On one occasion Henry Tudor was known to be visiting Richard ap Howel at Mostyn and Richard III’s men came to look for him. As they forced their way in through the front he went out through the back. The future King was believed to have sailed from Mostyn Dock to Brittany among a load of straw.| Richard ap Howel, or Richard Mostyn, was to meet up with Henry Tudor again later – at Bosworth Battlefield. The Mostyn levy of 1,600 Flintshire men was no small contribution to the victory and the King gave Richard the sword and belt he had worn that day.
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