Author appeals for history of castle near Shrewsbury

By Toby Neal | Shrewsbury | Nostalgia | Published:

An author is seeking memories and information about Rowton Castle, near Shrewsbury, for inclusion in the latest in his series of books about some of Shropshire's fine houses.

Rowton Castle in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

John Hodges said: "I have wanted to write on Rowton Castle for a while, being a Shropshire Lad myself, being brought up on my father's farm at Dryton, Wroxeter, and working as a school teacher and living in Shrewsbury.

"I wrote about another Shropshire house, Condover Hall, which I am cutting down into a smaller format with a new cover and a new price. I was educated at Bedstone College, near Ludlow, and have a book on this fine Victorian 'Calendar' house also.

"I am writing the book on Rowton as I enjoy researching houses. I usually like to choose interesting places and if they are hotels they can sell the books for me as well as having a promotional tool to give or sell to guests.

"I am looking for photographs, maps, and articles of interest about the castle, both as a private house and as a hotel.

"It is a fascinating house history, connected with the Lyster family who lived here for 400 years, and with the connection with the 6th and 7th Lord Shaftesbury, Disraeli and Lord Rowton, who was Disraeli's private secretary, visits by Princess Margaret, the history of the Blind College and today a first class hotel."

John, who lives in Worcester and is self-publishing the book, can be contacted by email at or on 07970 770144.

Toby Neal

By Toby Neal
Feature Writer

A journalist in Shropshire for 40 years, mainly writes features and columns, especially about aspects of Shropshire history. Lives in Telford and is based at the Ketley headquarters.


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