Chirk Castle (Welsh Castell-y-Waun) is a manor house near Wrexham in Wales. The classified as a cultural monument is a fine Grade I property was started as a fortress to protect the English conquest of Wales. The castle was not built directly by the English king Edward I, but was part of his elaborate Burgenbauprogramm to secure the conquest. In addition to Powis Castle Chirk Castle is the only castle in North Wales, which has been continuously inhabited since the Middle Ages. Especially in the 18th and 19th centuries it was developed into a grand country manor.