27th September 2010

Black History, Bishop’s and Bowls – guided walk on Sunday 10th October

Join us in Bishop’s Castle on Sunday 10th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm for a walk through this colourful town to find out about its colourful history.

Your guide for the morning is Keith Pybus who has appeared on BBC2’s The House Detectives, Carlton’s Heart of the Country, Midlands Today’s Winter Walks as well as Radio4’s Open Country and the Food Programme, is a qualified walks leader and arch storyteller.

Keith explains the walk as the perfect discovery trail. What people want to hear and what they will remember are the stories behind the town’s building facades.

Keith adds “Bishop’s Castle has the strikingly unusual like the one-handed clock on the church from the days before we needed to know the time down to the minute. What other town could boast both the oldest crown green bowls club and the oldest licensed premises?  Everywhere there’s a touch of the exotic. What is the elephant doing in the square? How did the French officer, a Napoleonic prisoner-of-war come to be buried in the churchyard? How did this charming spot come to have the most corrupt electors in the country to the degree they bankrupted their MP?  We hope to provide the answers to all these questions as we walk the town from bottom to top.”

Keith continues “The trail is not just about history. One of the appeals of Bishop’s Castle is that it is constantly re-inventing itself. The Wintles eco-village where we may end our trail has been described by BBC Newsnight as if it ‘had come out of a children’s picture book – pastel-coloured houses in raspberry, custard and lime.’  Ideally you need something topical. In late 2007 to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition, the government listed 18 historic buildings and monuments linked to the slave trade. One described as The Grave of an Unknown African is in the churchyard of St John the Baptist.  October is Black History Month. So here we shall begin our trail.”

To join us on this trail of discovery, meet at 10.30am outside St John the Baptist Church.  The walk costs £3 or £1 for members of Friends of the Shropshire Hills.  Booking is advised so please contact Alison at the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership on 01588 674080.

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