Rowton Castle, Shropshire

There was a genuine Castle just west of this very beautiful 19th century construction.  It dates back to before 1282 when it was destroyed by the Welsh. It was later rebuilt and reputedly sieged in the Civil War and destroyed by fire, although both of these events are unsubstantiated and were probably invented by the builders of the modern Castle to make it seem a more romantic spot.

Typically, when such a wealth of genuine Castles exists in an area, Rowton Castle is a largely forgotten entity and few books bother to mention its existence.  Which must be a constant aggravation to the current owners who are operating the Castle as a very exclusive hotel.

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