Trip Start May 22, 2010
167Trip End Oct 31, 2010
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Alan and Alison's place
My favourite stop was at a town called Stokesay with a church and castle. The castle is a manor house looked after by English Heritage but unfortunately neither the church nor castle were open today. Stokesay church was built around 1150 as a chapel to the castle by the Say family who had come over with William the Conqueror. The Royalists took refuge in the church (with their horses) in 1646 but were forced out by the Parliamentarians who had captured the castle. Much of the church was destroyed in the battle but was later rebuilt
We called into the Ludlow Information Centre as I thought the name of the pub we had eaten at when here many years ago was the Unicorn. We ate there with the children and I remembered John having a long talk with a Welsh rugby fan while we sat in front of a fire. The woman at the centre told me that there was an old pub (17th century) called the Unicorn and it was still in operation although it had changed hands. It had also been flooded a few years ago. It was at the opposite end of town so we walked there and saw most of the town on the way.
There were a few shops that caught our attention. On was a butcher's with pheasants hanging in the doorway. We have noticed a lot of specialty butchers in towns in the UK and also fruit shops. We went past some lovely old buildings. I specially liked an old pub, 'the Feathers’ and a bank building. ‘Feathers’ had been an inn since 1670 in a building that had been a house that was enlarged in 1610 but whose age was much older. Ludlow was full of the blue historic plaques.
We had lunch in the Unicorn, which did look familiar but is not as upmarket as it had been then
We walked back to the car via a fruit shop and headed back as the weather was getting worse. It had been fine although cold but it had clouded over and soon started to rain. We both had coughs and had had headaches so it was good to settle in to our Shrewsbury home early and catch up with the news and blogs.