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The garden at Powis has survived the 18th reaction against the formality of earlier garden design and thus Powis is one of the few places in Britain where a true baroque garden may still be fully appreciated, the baroque being a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance and grandeur. And very definitely not a lot of people know that!!!

See previous comments. The two graves at the far end of the row are those of two of the three soldiers killed in the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol in the Iraq War in 1991 led by Andy McNab (a pseudonym), those being Sgt. Vince Phillips and Trooper Bob Consiglio. The third loss was Trooper Steve 'Legs' Lane whose remembrance plaque is on the Wall of Remembrance. It is widely thought the patrol was a cock-up from start to finish but it has made two members, McNab and Chris Ryan very well-off indeed. I shall comment no more!!!

The "SAS Plot" at St. Martin's church Hereford.

St Martin's Church built in 1844 is situated in Ross Road, Hereford, and serves the City of Hereford south of the River Wye. It is commonly known as the "SAS church" on account of the fact that 22nd Special Air Service is based in Hereford and this is where they bury their dead. My visit was to pay my respects to these heroic soldiers.

Next port of call after Brecon was the second castle on our list, Raglan. It is a late medieval castle situated just north of the village of Raglan. The modern castle dates from the 15th century to early 17th century when successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious fortified castle with a large hexagonal keep known at the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any castle in England or Wales. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles 1st and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath the castle was slighted, or put beyond military use. After the restoration of Charles 2nd the Somersets declined to restore the castle and the castle became at first a source of local building materials,the B&Q of its day! Then a romantic ruin and now a modern tourist attraction.

Brecon is a long-established market town and community in southern Powys. In Roman Britain it was established as a Roman cavalry base for the conquest of Wales and Brecon was first established as a military base. The River Honddu meets the River Usk near the town centre and the confluence of these rivers made for a valuable defensive position for this Norman castle which overlooks the town and was built in the late 11th century by Bernard de Neufmarche and not a lot of people know that!!!

See previous comments re this superb engine.

A view of the reservoir and its valve house from Pontsticill Station on the Brecon Mountain Railway.


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