Bishops Castle 1791 (Description of)
Post-office – The London mail through Oxford, Worcester, and Ludlow, comes in about 9 o’clock every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Mornings; goes out in the summer season on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, evenings, at 5 o’clock; in the winter one hour sooner. This mail is carried on horseback from Ludlow. The mail from Shrewsbury, (on horseback,) through Welch Pool and Montgomery, comes in every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, morning, about 8 o’clock; returns Monday evening at 4 o’clock; and on Thursday and Saturday at 12 o’clock noon. By this mail the kingdom in general have a most expeditious communication with all North Wales.
Stage wagons – Taylor’s Ludlow wagon from the George, Smithfield, and Green Man and Still, Oxford-street, every Sunday evening, comes in here every Saturday; returns the same evening; Barn’s Bewdley wagon comes in and returns the same time: both to Robert Davies’s, the Unicorn inn. Price’s Newtown cart meets the above wagons every Saturday; and returns the same day.
The principal inns are, the Owl, the Castle, and the Three Tuns. The distance of Bishop’s Castle from Ludlow is 17 miles; Shrewsbury 20; Welch Pool 17; Newtown 16; Knighton 12; Montgomery 8 ½ ; and Church Stretton 12 miles.
The principal seats and villages in the vicinity of Bishop’s Castle are, Walcot, the seat of the right hon. Lord Clive, about 3 miles distant, near to the Ludlow road, and nigh to which on the right, is an old encampment called the Bury Ditches, which commands a most extensive prospect. Fir Grove, the seat of John Oakeley, Esq. one mile, near to the Shrewsbury road, a situation which commands a most delightful prospect. Linley, about 2 miles to the left, the seat of Robert More, Esq. On the road to Montgomery, at 4 miles distance on the left, is Mellington, the seat of Major Browne. And 1 mile from Montgomery on the right, is Lymore, at 6 miles distance, is Clun, where an ancient castle stood, but now only the remains; also, at this place, is an hospital for 14 poor men and a warden; it was founded by Robert Howard Earl of Northampton; the charity consists at present of 5s per week to each man, besides firing, clothing, and each a decent apartment; also, a handsome salary to the warden.
Source: Universal British Directory