Friday, December 28, 2012

Old places on the Welsh border

Close to the Welsh border with England, a 3000+ year old bronze age settlement site resides. The remaining recognizable man made feature is the Mitchells Fold stone circle. It was a nice reason to go trounce around some pretty landscape in some appalling weather. We found the Miners Arms a good place to warm up and the best pint of the trip.

Across the border into Wales we visited Montgomery castle and town.
I was hoping to hear someone speak Welsh or at least hear a Welsh accent, but even in the local pub the dialect was very middle English. A conversation we struck up with someone, found us talking to a musician that used to play with Deep Purple and another band out of Houston, Tx. Still, the town of Montgomery does have a good dose of history and atmosphere.

Inside the Church of St. Nicholas, is the tomb of Sir Richard Herbert. The entire interior of the church is quite intact, unlike almost all other churchs in England. On the way home we stopped in Bishops Castle, a funky little town, great place to eat and home of my favorite beer of the trip. Three Tuns 
Sterling. It boasts to be the oldest licensed brewery in Britain established 1642.
The next day, Ludlow Castle received our visit. Heidi and I took along my Nephew.

Who doesn't like to explore castles ?

We were a little dubious as to where the little fella might end up, so we decided against firing him out of the cannon.

Medieval castles are great for hide and seek.

Ludlow castle is one of the more extensive castles I've visited.
I think we were in there for the best part of 4 hours !

The views are outstanding, Even on a rainy day. The castle is quite photogenic. Would be fun to be at one of those medieval fairs in the summer.

The town of Ludlow is fun too, although with the jetlag, we were caught out by the closing times, well almost every day ;)
The rains continued and the town got a good wash.
Next up on the history visits was Iron Bridge the town which takes its name from, the famous 100ft cast iron bridge that was built across the river here in 1779. It was the first of its kind symbolizes the dawn of the industrial age. There are many museums in the town, we settled for the museum of brewing, which stayed open a little later and had an awesome cider ;)

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