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Clive’s Castle

Jan Morris

‘It was an empire, by and large, without ideology.’

On a low ridge near the market town of Welshpool (Y Trallwng to Welsh-speakers) stands the red sandstone castle of Powis, Y Castell Goch, set among formal terraced gardens in a wide and wooded park. It is only a mile or two from the English border and began life in the Middle Ages as a Welsh fortres…


Jan Morris

Jan Morris is the author of over forty books including Venice, Oxford and Pax Britannica (Faber/Harvest), a three-volume history of the British Empire. Her final collection of reportage and travel pieces is Contact! A Book of Encounters (W. W. Norton), published in 2010. She lives in Wales.

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