Clun is a small town in south Shropshire and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2011 census recorded 680 people living in the town. Research by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England suggests that Clun is one of the most tranquil locations in England. Clun takes its name from the river upon. Deriving from an earlier Colunwy, it shares its early British root with the two rivers Colne, in Lancashire and Essex, each of which has a town of the same name on its banks. Clun grew up around the site of the Saxon church towards the end of the 7th century AD. However, in the surrounding area there was a scattered population at least as early as the Neolithic period, about 5000 years ago. Clun was on the historic drove road where flocks and herds were driven from Wales to the markets in the Midlands and London. At the time of the Norman Conquest Clun formed part of the extensive lands of Eadric the Wild, who led a revolt against King William I, whereon his lands were confiscated and given to Roger de Montgomery, created Earl of Shrewsbury.
Roger in turn granted 27 manors. These lands constituted a single Marcher Lordship; the Normans established a borough near the castle. The 14th-century pack horse bridge that crosses the river connecting Saxon Clun to Norman Clun has given rise to a local saying: "whoever crosses Clun Bridge comes back sharper than he went". Clun Mill located to the north of the town is nicknamed the "malevolent mill" on account of numerous deaths having been recorded there and occupants disappearing after purchasing it. Last used around 1920, it opened as a youth hostel in 1932. In 1974 the freehold was purchased by the Youth Hostel Association; the town's name is taken from that of the River Clun, which flows from west to east through the settlement. The Clun Valley is dominated by agriculture; the River Unk joins the Clun just to the west of the town. The A488 and B4368 roads cross in the town of Clun. Craven Arms, Bishop's Castle and Ludlow are the neighbouring Shropshire towns, Knighton, in Wales, is 7 miles to the south.
Nearby is Offa's Dyke and the Offa's Dyke Path. Clun Forest is to the west of the town, further upstream of the Rivers Clun; the Jack Mytton Way passes through the town as does the Shropshire Way and further significant historic routes pass through the area. The town centre on the north bank of the River Clun lies 185 metres above sea level while the oldest part of the settlement, by St George's Church on the south bank, is a little more elevated, at 193 metres. Between the two, Clun Bridge 181 metres above sea level) carries the A488 and B4368 routes across the river. In addition to Clun Bridge there is a ford further downstream, at Waterloo, made usable to most motor vehicles, A third crossing point, a footbridge just upstream of Clun Bridge, connects the town's main car park to the castle grounds; the population of the civil parish of Clun was 1,184 as measured by the 2011 census. The population of the town is less than that of its much wider parish, recorded as just 680 people in 2011, compared with 642 in 2001.
It is said that the population of the town is now smaller than it was during the flourishing days of the wool trade in England centuries ago. The town is smaller than many villages in the county, it is the only town in Shropshire never to have had a railway line or station. The electoral division of Clun covers a much wider area than the civil parish and the population of this division recorded at the 2011 census was 3,964. Attractions in the town include: the Norman Clun Castle, now only a ruin but with grounds which are used for the May fair the fifteenth century Clun Bridge, most of, still the original stone despite being a road bridge today used by all vehicles Trinity Hospital, almshouses built in 1614, on Hospital Lane a museum in the Town Hall, on the corner of The Square and High StreetThe main church in the town is St George's Church, situated on the steep rise out of the town to the south of Clun Bridge; the nave includes Norman columns, but the entire church apart from the tower was rebuilt extensively by the Victorian architect G. E.
Street in 1877. Clun is a popular starting point for walkers who wish to explore the Shropshire Way, the Jack Mytton Way or the local circular walks. A walkers' car park is situated at the Memorial Hall; the main streets in the town are Enfield Street, The Square, High Street, Ford Street, Bridge Street and Church Street. Along these streets are a number of shops, including two butchers and collectables shops, a hair salon and a convenience store. There is a post office and tea rooms. On the Craven Arms Road there are a number of businesses, including "Clun Garage", as well as the local fire station. There are two pubs in the town -- the White Horse Inn; the Buffalo Head Hotel has been closed since about 2004, but has not yet been converted into another use. The White Horse has an entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015; the town has a primary school, two community centres (the Memorial Hall in the north, the Hightown Community Room in
Uttoxeter Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union club that plays in the Midlands Division. Uttoxeter Rugby Football Club was formed in 1982, it was formed from JCB Rugby Football Club. Uttoxeter began the 1982/83, with the majority of the former JCB players now playing at Oldfields Sports and Social Club, in Uttoxeter, where they remain to this day; the Club ran three senior teams. They played their matches at either Oldfields Hall Middle School or on a field belonging to Fred Allen at the rear of the Shell Mex depot, on the Dovefields Industrial Estate, but were invited to use Oldfields Sports and Social Clubs facilities post match, they acquired a pitch at Oldfields Sports and Social club despite objections from Soccer and Cricket players who were operating teams at Oldfields. The club has acquired the use of a second pitch adjacent to the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre; the Club now has a vibrant Youth Section, from tag to under 18 level. The Club has won the Owen Cup five times, most in the 2007/8 competition.
The club plays its home games at Oldfields Sports & Social Club. The club makes use of a second pitch, known as The Lido, adjacent to Uttoxeter Leisure Centre League League Staffordshire Cup Top Try Scorer Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality. League Staffordshire Cup Preliminary round Uttoxeter Stone Top Try Scorer Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality. Staffordshire Owen Cup winners: 1989, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 Midlands 6 East champions: 2008-09 Midlands 4 East champions: 2009-10 Midlands 4 West runners up: 2012-13 Midlands 4 West champions: 2015-16 Stephen McCormack; the Official RFU Club Directory 2002-2003. Lennard/Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1852916451. English RFU. "Rugby First". RFU. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Uttoxeter Rugby Club Official Site Uttoxeter's Rugby First Portal
William Hugh Griffiths, Baron Griffiths, MC, PC was a British soldier, barrister and life peer. The son of Sir Hugh Griffiths was educated at St John's College, Cambridge. During the Second World War he served in the Welsh Guards, receiving a Military Cross in 1944. Griffiths was called to the Bar, Inner Temple in 1949, became a Queen's Counsel in 1964. From 1962 to 1964, he was Recorder of Margate, from 1964 to 1970 of Cambridge. In 1971, Griffiths was knighted and was made Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, a post he held until 1980. Between 1980 and 1985, he was Lord Justice of Appeal, between 1985 and 1993 Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, was created, on 23 May 1985, a life peer with the title Baron Griffiths, of Govilon, in the County of Gwent on his appointment. Griffiths married three times: first Evelyn Krefting in 1949, she was killed in a car accident in 2004. They were one of the few couples. In July 2009, he married Greta Fenston, he had four children by his first wife: one son.
He died on 30 May 2015 at the age of 91. Griffiths holds the unique distinction of having been both president of Marylebone Cricket Club and captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. At Cambridge University, Griffiths won Blues for cricket in 1946, 1947, 1948, recording career-best figures of 6 for 129 against Lancashire in 1946, he made eight appearances in the County Championship for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, taking 4 for 61 against Surrey on his debut in 1946. "DodOnline". Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2006. "thePeerage". Retrieved 30 November 2006