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A History of Herefordshire Borderland

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Owen's Day (March 4tli), and the five days following.
The Castle was taken by Simon de Montfort in 1264, the Mortimers being adherents of Henry III.
In 1403, before the battle of Shrewsbury, it was placed in the hands of Sir Thomas Talbot by Henry IV. , Ludlow being held by Sir Thomas Beaufort, afterwards Duke of Exeter. This was when the Mortimers had allied them- selves with the Percies and Owen Glendower, with the object of dethroning Henry IV. And placing the crown upon the head of the youn
...g Earl of March, who had undoubtedly a better right to it, by inherit- ance, than Henry IV. The battle of Shrewsbury was won by Heniy, and the Wars of the Roses postponed for half a century.
Leland says the Keep, walls and towers of the Castle were standing in his time (Henry VIII. ), but going to decay. I have been unable to trace any reference to this Castle during the Wars of the Roses. In the reign of Edward VI. It was held by the Bishop of Worcester, afterwards by the Bradshaws and Lyttletons, from whom it passed to the Salweys, the ancestors of the present owner.


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