Set high in Shropshire moorlands on Stapeley Hill this Neolithic stone circle commands quite dramatic views over Shropshire and out towards the Welsh Hills. The stone circle was erected about 3,000 years ago, using slabs of local dolerite. Originally the circle had 30 stones arranged in a diameter of 25 metres, but only 15 remain standing today; these range in height from one metre to over two metres. On open moorland, about 2 km north east of Priest Weston. About 3.2 km to the south of the stone circle is a hill of volcanic rock, which was used during the later Neolithic and early Bronze Age to make polished stone tools.
Wroxeter may be a small rural village today, but during the Roman period Viroconium Cornoviorum, as it was called then, was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. And it is because there has not been much subsequent development that the archaeology is greatly undisturbed. Wroxeter has been occupied for quite some time, the earliest remains being Neolithic flint. But it is the Roman remains that have attracted the most attention here, and are the more interesting archaeologically.
Following the building of Clun Castle in the 11 century at a strategic position on a bend in the River Clun, it became a hunting lodge in the 14th century thereby sealing its fate. By the 16th century Clun Castle was already in ruins, and the events of the English Civil War did not help. Renovations at the end of the 19th century saved what remained, and ensured the ruins stand today as a reminder of its former glory.
Ludlow Castle is one of a number of castles built shortly after the Norman Conquest to defend England against the Welsh. Although today the castle is partly ruined and not inhabited, the long and significant history is reflected in the Norman, Plantagenet and Tudor styles of various architectural features. The castle is sited on a commanding point overlooking the rivers Teme and Corve, and the town of Ludlow. [Website]
Whittington Castle is unique in that it is the only castle in the United Kingdom to be owned and managed by the local community. A preservation trust has been established to repair and restore this strikingly picturesque castle, which it is thought was constructed within the earthworks of a prehistoric hill fort. The site thus offers 3000 years of history.Whittington Castle is on the English side of Offa’s Dyke – the Norman boundary between Wales and England. [Website]