Shropshire Hills & Ludlow


History All Around Us

More reasons to explore the fascinating history of the English Civil War….

1642 – The Three Tuns Inn and Brewery were established in 1642, with the brewery being possibly the oldest in the country, with records showing that King Charles 1 issued the first brewing licenses in that year to raise funds to pay for his army fighting the civil war. You can still drink at the Three Tuns pub & visit the brewery.  On the Kerry Ridgeway Cycle Tour .

Three Tuns Brewery, Bishops Castle

One of the oldest Breweries in the country. The Three Tuns Brewery can be visited on our Kerry Ridgeway Cycling Holiday

1644  – siege of Brampton Bryan and Hopton Castle – The Civil War battles around this area were bloody and notorious – you can visit Hopton Castle at any time  on the Quietest Cycle Tour under the Sun – there is excellent interpretation there – so you can find out all about the gruesome massacre.   Brampton Bryan Castle was the site of a siege by the Royalists against Lady Brilliana Harley, who was defending the castle on behalf of her Parliamentarian husband.  The best and only time each year to visit this castle is the first weekend in August – Brampton Bryan’s village “Scarecrow” fete – when the current  owner of the castle – a Harley of course, gives guided tours around the castle.  The talks are absolutely fascinating – as you get a really personal insight into the siege – from the letters of Lady Brilliana, to the stories of the servants (handed down through the family) and why the Hopton Castle massacre scared the occupants of Brampton Bryan Castle so much.

1645  – King Charles hides after the battle of Naseby at Beggars Bush.  This is what happened  in 2014 in Beggars Bush, near Knighton – a key stage of the Tour of Britain.  Visit on the Welsh Borders Cycle Tour.

Beggars Bush Time Trial

Beggars Bush time stage, Tour of Britain 2014