Clun Castle and village

Shropshire                                                                                              Photos by Hetty

2nd September 2021  morning                               2.4 miles            Map of walk

Clun has a medieval pack horse bridge, repaired many times, but still of its original design, with passing places.

This was built as a Temperance Hall in 1870, became a Post Office and is now a cafe

There was a Saxon settlement here before a castle was built soon after 1066. It was the centre of a vast area and a new town was laid out in the 1100s. The castle was burned down in 1196 and the present castle was built about 1300. The town prospered with  the wool trade in the 1200s but by the mid-1300s the owners only used the castle as a country retreat as their main home was Arundel Castle in Sussex. The area was devastated by Owain Glyn Dwr in the 1400s and the castle was ruinous by 1539 .

This house has many horseshoes on its wall

Trinity Hospital Almshouses were built in 1614 for 12 men of good character; it has its own chapel. The gardens are lovely.

The Town Hall of 1780, became a courthouse and gaol, but is now a museum

The Maltings Cafe was a malthouse

The bottom of the church tower is Norman with a 17th century upper part.

a door knocker

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