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Warwick Castle Warwick

In Warwick Castle, Warwickshire on July 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm

It is expensive to go most places as a family and we had little change from £60 for the 3 of us to visit Warwick Castle. However if you make a day of it is certainly worth it as there is so much to look at and experience here.

There is a good castle ramparts walk up a considerable no of steps up I think Guy’s tower with some terrific views explaining the well chosen position for the castle. Unfortunately the trebuchat wasn’t operating the day we went. The dungeons are always popular and these with their ghastly means of torture extracted the right sense of awe and fear. The oubilette was a scary underground torture in the dungeons basically where they chucked someone and forgot about them and left them to rot.

The Dream of Battle was also a good attraction attempting to put yourself in the position of a young squire learning to fit in battle for the Earl of Warwick.

You need to allow several hours to get around all of the attractions and be prepared to walk quite a bit especially up and down steps. The old castle mound is worth a look. A short walk takes you to the interesting water mill.

Shrewsbury Shropshire

In River Severn, Shrewsbury on July 24, 2007 at 7:02 pm

A visit to Shrewsbury in the rain. I think this is the old Gay Meadow football ground which I visited twice. Last season saw the final game at this venue before Shrewsbury move to their new ground. Always something sad about this when a club moves after a hundred years of history playing at this site.

A local told me that a club official had a coracle boat to fetch balls that landed in the River Severn. Not sure if he was having me on but with the price of footballs they obviously couldn’t afford to let them float away. After the recent flooding in the area the river level looked high.

Much Wenlock Shropshire

In Cluniacs, Dr William Penny Brookes, Much Wenlock, Olympics on July 24, 2007 at 10:21 am

Much Wenlock is a small Shropshire town that I have never heard of before but has a wonderful history, medieval timber buildings, a large abbey, a good museum and more than one surprise in store for any visitor.

Our first place we visited was Wenlock Priory which was well worth a visit and includes one of those really good headsets to talk you through your visit.
Not sure if there is anything similar in Bury but it would certainly be good to offer one of these headsets for a visit around the Abbey gardens if it isn’t offered already?

The remains of the 12th century priory are extensive and were once the home of the Cluniac Monastery. The church itself was 350 foot long but the history shows there was always an uneasy tension between the Cluniac monks and the towns people some what similar to the story of the monastery in Bury St Edmunds.

For me the the most interesting part of our visit was to find out the history of a Dr William Penny Brookes surely Much Wenlock’s most famous son.
If like me you have any interest in the Olympic games then you may be aware of Pierre Du Coubertin who was said to have conceived the idea for the modern day Olympic games in the late 19th century. This however would overlook the fact that the first modern Olympic Games was held in 1850 in Much Wenlock.

Dr Brookes was an advocate of physical exercise and was responsible for organizing an annual Olympian games at Much Wenlock to which Pierre Du Coubertin visited and no doubt picked up the idea.

We followed a path called the Olympian trail which begins at the Much Wenlock museum and takes you around the sites such as the home of Dr Brookes and his grave.

Dr Samaranch of the IOC in recent times visited Much Wenlock to pay his respects to Dr Brookes and the town of Much Wenlock which has been rather overlooked as the rightful founders of the modern day Olympic Games.

There was also this interesting house in Much Wenlock called Bastards Hall, now a guest house. I haven’t found a reason for the name but can guess.

The town’s main water course is also known as Shit Brook!