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A potted history of our school's colourful past

The home of St David’s College-Gloddaeth Hall has been an ancestral home of the Mostyn family since 1442.

The hall’s links with the past go back over 500 years was also the home of Welsh chieftains and even became a refuge for a future English king.

Henry, the Earl of Richmond and later Henry VII, hid at the hall while planning with the Welsh chieftains the Battle of Bosworth and it was from Gloddaeth that Richard ap Howell led 1,500 men to support Henry at the famous Battle of Bosworth. The battle that took place in 1485 resulted in a victory for Henry and he became the first English monarch of the Tudor Dynasty.

The greater part of the house was built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and although additions have been made through the years, many outstanding features remain. Much of the house including the Minstrel Hall is Grade I Listed, the extensive gardens are Grade II listed.

During the Civil War, Sir Roger Mostyn, then master of Gloddaeth, wrote: “…took arms early for the defence of Charles I…”

Souvenirs of the house’s long history remain in many of the rooms, including the Mostyn family portraits which can be found in the Minstrel Hall and sixth form study.

St David’s was established at Gloddaeth Hall in 1965, before then it was a girls boarding school.

The current Lord Mostyn is a governor at the school.


St David's College

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