Although parts of the original building date back to the 12th century, major work on the Hall was undertaken by Baron Sildenstein, a member of a wealthy West Phalian merchant family. He settled here on the borders of Wales after establishing trading links and subsequently married the daughter of Morgan Morgan, an extremely wealthy local landowner. Although not renowned for her beauty, she bore the baron a dynasty of children as well as bringing even greater wealth into the family.

Many sons throughout the generations achieved great success in the services, two of the most notable being the 2nd Earl of Sildenstein, Siegfreid, who sailed with Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake and burned the Spanish Armada in 1588; and the 5th Earl who contributed to the allied victory at the Battle of Ramillies in 1706. Since that time Sild Hall has remained in the possession of the same family until the present day although they adopted the shorter title of the Earl of Sild during the First World War.


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