More from a Brief October Holiday- Chepstow
Chepstow Castle, situated on a clifftop above the Wye and its bridge, is often cited as the oldest surviving stone castle in Britain. The castle was established by William fitzOsbern immediately after the Norman conquest, and was extended in later centuries before becoming ruined after the Civil War. A Benedictine priory was also established within the walled town, which was the centre of the Marcher lordship of Striguil.
You've got to be fit to live in a town with so many hills...
You have to keep looking down at the pavement- there's always something interesting. There are coins (or replica ones), quotations and informative tablets.
"This snug town good meat and drink abound".
Some Chepstow Inn Signs...
These two were happy to tell us about the Five Alls...
These are the Five Alls -
The figure on the right is a candidate for Parliament from the days when many electors votes were bought an the bar or by 'ale tickets'. In 1784, his first year as an MP, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (the playwright) paid out £40 for ale tickets. How much of his £1,302 election expenses was for beer, brandy and the like is not known but estimated at around £100. If you think buying votes is a bit corrupt you should be aware that the election expenses would also include the cost of 'secretly' bespeaking and collecting mobs - some to commit riots, incite your enemies, and break windows and some to shout huzza at your speeches and beat up the opposition's hired mob who will, of course, be shouting you down.
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