Photo of Emral Hall, Worthenbury N Wales

Contributed by Jo

Photo of Emral Hall, Worthenbury N Wales

Photo of Emral Hall, Worthenbury N. Wales, home to the Puleston family for 700 years, was taken by my great aunt, Florence McWhirter (nee Puleston) in 1902. Sadly the Hall was demolished in 1936, but luckily the unique 17th Century barrel-vaulted plaster work ceiling, featuring The Labour of Hercules, in the Ballroom was rescued by Sir Clough-Williams Ellis at the last minute at auction. It cost him thirteeen pounds but a fortune to move it. He installed it and other rescued items in the Town Hall at Portmeirion. Clough Williams-Ellis had hoped the National Trust might save the house but it was too late and there was no money. He had contacted the Victoria and Albert Museum hoping they could take the ballroom and the ceiling but was told there was no room.

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