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Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, was a British Officer who established the military and political supremacy of the East India Company in Bengal. He is credited with securing India and the wealth that followed for the British Crown. He was one of the key early figures in the creation of British India. So we now know who to thank when our country is finally swamped with immigrants!!!

See previous. A view from the meadow taking care to avoid the many cow pats!!!

A building has been on this site since the 11th century and it has been home from this time to the Croft family and Croft baronets. The present building originated as a castle in the 14th century and has been much altered since. It now consists of a stone quadrangular manor house with a small castellated round tower at each corner and a small square tower flanking the north side giving it an impressive appearance in my opinion. The castle is under the care of the National Trust and members of the Croft family still live within it.

This 13th century church lies next to Croft Castle a fortified Manor House, the home of the Croft family and Croft baronets. In the church is the tomb of Sir Richard Croft(1430-1509) high official to four monarchs.

The war memorial dedicated to the fallen of Stokesay during the two World Wars.

Stokesay is an historic hamlet in Shropshire and this church stands right next to Stokesay Castle.

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This is the fifth castle on our list and is a fortified manor house built in the late 13th century. It is a Grade 1 listed building. The superb Elizabethan gatehouse was added in the 16th century. It is half-timbered and decorated with carvings. The castle is a Scheduled Monument, a "nationally important" historic building and archaeological site which has been given protection against unauthorised change.

Clun Castle is a ruined castle in Shropshire. It was established by the Norman lord Robert le Say after the invasion and went on to become an important Marcher lord castle in the 12th century with an extensive castle-guard system. Owned for many years by the Fitzalan family the castle played a big part in protecting the region from Welsh attack until it was gradually abandoned as a property in favour of Arundel Castle. The Fitzalans converted Clun Castle into a hunting lodge in the 14th century but by the 16th century it was largely ruined. Today it is a Grade 1 listed building and is owned by the Duke of Norfolk who also holds the title Baron Clun,and it is managed by English Heritage.

It would seem that Hopton Castle was founded in the 12th century as a motte and bailey. During the Civil War it was one of the few castles to be held for the Parliament in the west. In 1644 Sir Michael Woodhouse, with a force of 500, laid siege to the castle which was defended by about 30 Roundheads commanded by Samuel More who eventually agreed terms and surrendered and it would appear that the captured men with the exception of More were killed although accounts vary on how the siege ended. The castle was still habitable in 1700 but fell into disrepair soon afterwards. In 2008 the Hopton Castle Preservation Trust took ownership of the castle and raised one million pounds, half of which came from the National lottery, to fund conservation work.


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