Clun, Shropshire

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  1. Ken_R

    Ken_R Well-Known Member

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    Hi Terry.

    Take a packed lunch. We were there about 3 years ago and eateries were few and far between. That said, it was over the New Year period, and on New Year's morning we saw the local Hunt assemble (this was not long after the ban was imposed), at the top end of the Town and they had Morris Dancers at a nearby pub which, seemingly, was about the only place to eat.

    In the '80's, I spent a fair amount of time in the area, having friends living in Clunton. The pub at the bottom of the Town of Clun, near the narrow bridge, the Clun Arms? If you knew you were 'dining out' then a phone call and locally caught Trout would be extracted from the freezer and skillfully prepared. And the size of it, on an oval plate, it overhang at both ends.:)

    I seem to have a vague, very vague, recollections, of my friends and myself having a 'lock in' there one evening/night and, as the 'gaffer' had a 'top shelf' of numerous Whiskies, we sampled them ALL.;)

    It is something of a 'strange' area, particularly for Licensees, as various pubs go in and out of fashion for no particular reason. From Clun pubs, to the Clunton pub (can't remember the name) to the Hundred House, to the Kangaroo. They all seem to have, or have had, their up's and down's over the years.

    It's a typical situation where, in any valley, there is only so much money and spending habits change.
     
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    Ken, don't need to take a packed lunch cause we only live about 20 mins from Clun. I live just over the hill in Knighton. I've been in all the pubs you mention, although not for a fare few years. We lived at Clun Hurst for a few years when my dad worked on the forestry.

    The pub at Clunton is the Crown. Never heard of the Clun Arms tho.
     
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    Alright. So the name may be wrong. It was the sort of place where, upon leaving, one's memory had invariably faded.:)

    I've been to Knighton. Knighton Hospital with back problems, despite excessive 'lubrication' at the Crown (now you mention it) failing to 'ease' the problem.

    What was the name of the other pub that has/had a good reputation for meals? From memory, turn right past the Kangaroo and it was next to a railway level crossing. More of a 'dining' pub rather than a 'drinking' pub.
     
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    It was the Engine and Tender at Broome. Nice little pub.
     
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    Engine and Tender. Spot on.
     
  6. Mutters

    Mutters I am not bossy, I just have better ideas.

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    Oh! you are very probably right and I'd thought I was onto something there :(

    Running out of ideas but trying again.....
    What about asking the local estate agents, they often say in their selling blurb when a house was built or pre war or post war?
     
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    Thank you Mutters, another brilliant idea. :)
     
  8. Flook

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    Second attempt!

    Go to http://www.secretshropshire.org.uk/

    Well Chimp, you might as well just put Clun in the Quick Search box – most of the images you get relate to Clun itself. Just click on the images to see the options.
     
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  10. Chimp

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    Flook, what have you done. This is a great site with loads of old pictures. I want to spend the day browsing not going to work Thank you very much.
     
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    Sorry Chimp, I meant to say click the "View Location" button to see where the image is located in the town.
     
  12. Chimp

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    I found it Flook, thank you.

    Update.

    Apparently the council wanted to build 16 houses up St. Georges place but the person owning some of the land wouldn't sell. The council decided to go ahead with building some of the dwellings, and in 1930 numbers 1 to 6 up the one side and 11 to 16 down the other were built. In 1946 the council acquired the piece of land they had been after and built dwellings 7 to 10 at the top end of 1 to 6. Thus completing the estate.
     
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    Nice one, Chimp. :)
     
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    Hello again. I've been sent this thread, so although I'm late in contributing a suggestion, you may find a book called "Memories of Clun" very helpful. By coincidence, I've just acquired a copy and am reading it. It's by R. K. Moore and published by Shropshire libraries. There are photos dating back pre-1870, as one of them shows a half-timbered house at the bottom of Church Street. It was demolished and the Temperance Hotel built on the site in 1870. (For many years it was WE Price and Son's shop and is now the Bridge tearoom.)

    Did you find out about St George's Place in the end? I have a feeling it must be near the Church!
     
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    St' Georges place is in high town. Up past the church on the knighton road.

    There is a site on facebook called "Memories of clun" they have loads of history and pictures on there. I have put a few files on there too.
     
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