Monday, 3 August 2009

Another thing

The guided tour made me think - two things: the absolute reliance in terms of income that the Castle had on its land (and the consequent diminishment of this as the estate was gradually eroded) and the position of important objects within the history of places - and how these in themselves can tell stories. In some cases fictional ones, as in the case of the 'bed' of Charles II, which could not have been used by him as it is too late a date, but is a cherished conceit of the family, complete with commemorative plaque! The structural changes to the Castle itself also means that the location of the Charles Bedroom did not even exist at the time of his visits to Chirk - a real piece of installation art then; fabricated space and constructed objects..

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