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Sir Hugh Myddelton
In September 2013, Miles Anderson assessed Myddleton’s historic achievement
I wonder if in London there will be great celebrations on the 29th September, 2013? Perhaps not, but there should be, Here in Ruthin, at least, we can record the significance of the date when exactly 400 years ago—29th September 1613 - the great engineering construction of Sir Hugh Myddelton brought clean water to London. The ‘New River’, as it was called, took water from the river Ware in Hertfordshire to New River Head in London, a distance of 38 mikes. Here the development was officially opened on 29th September 1613. The investment was not a great financial success. Sir Hugh Myddelton (or Middleton), (1560—December 10th, 1631) and 1st Baronet was, during his lifetime, a cloth maker, entrepreneur, mine owner, goldsmith, banker and self taught engineer. He was the sixth son of Richard Myddelton, was governor of Denbigh Castle and MP for the borough. He travelled to London where he became royal jeweller to King James I. Here in Ruthin, the Myddelton family owned the Castle Hotel, or the White Lion as it was down, and its associated buildings, It is believed that the design of what is now The Myddelton on the Square', but more
generally called ‘The Seven Eyes of Ruthin’, is thought to have been influenced by the Dutch style encountered on the European travels of Sir Richard Clough and Sir Hugh Myddelton, both 16th century merchants associated with the house. Sir Richard Clough was manager for Queen Elizabeth I's merchant royal based in Antwerp and is suggested as the founder of the London Stock exchange. Hugh Myddelton certainly belongs to that group of men from the Vale of Clwyd of the period known as the ‘Renaissance Men of North Wales’. They also included Gabriel Goodman and Sir John Trevor—all sons of Ruthin.