Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bishop's Castle, Shropshire. Bishop's Castle was the smallest borough in England until 1967, when it lost that distinction, but none of its quaintness. Situated off the A488 from Shrewsbury to Knighton, it clings to a steep little hillside, 500 ft up - yet overtopped by the hills which surround it. Its Town Hall, one of the smallest in England, stands at the top of the High Street, forcing the road to bend to pass it, with a clock-tower above and an old stone lock-up in its basement. Included in the town's insignia are two fine silver maces, hallmarked 1697.
Administratively linked with Clun, 5 miles to the South, Bishop's Castle is in the centre of sheep country. There are several fine Tudor houses: the Old Hall, believed to be the birthplace of Edmund Plowden, the builder of Plowden Hall, the Old Porch House; and the aptly named House on Crutches. There are also several Georgian houses. Of the original castle, now only part of a wall remains.
The little town had an unusual origin. An Anglo-Saxon landowner, Egwin Shakehead, was cured of his palsy at the shrine of St Ethelbert in Hereford and in gratitude bequeathed his manor of Lydbury North to the Bishops of Hereford. They built a castle on the land and in the 13th century the little settlement which had sprung up around it became a separate parish, with its own church. Of that first church, very little remains for it was fired and ruined during the Civil War when Bishop's Castle was loyal to the King.
The oldest inn in the town is probably The Three Tuns whose history has been traced back to 1642, but may well go beyond that.
Nearby towns: Church Stretton, Clun, Craven Arms, Minsterley, Newtown, Welshpool
Nearby villages: Acton, Brockton, Bromlow, Bryn, Chirbury, Clun, Clunbury, Clungunford, Clunton, Eaton, Edgton, Halford, Hopesay, Horderley, Hyssington, Linley, Little Stretton, Lydbury North, Lydham, Mainstone, Marshbrook, Meadowtown, More, Newington, Picklescott, Plowden, Ratlinghope, Shelve, Sibdon Carwood, Snead, Stokesay, Wentnor, Wistanstow
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