Some years ago our Founder, John Grove, had the inspiration to create a Mortimer History Trail and this came to fruition in April 2016 with the publication of this book by Logaston Press.
Written by Philip Hume, the book interweaves the history of the Mortimers with the locations and artefacts on the trail that are a physical reminder of their domination of the area and a visible link to when the Welsh Marches were of national importance and affected the destiny of the country.
The area of the trail includes at least 17 sites of castles, 15 churches, an abbey and a priory, and 3 sites of battles and conflict that changed the course of national history. There are many artefacts around the area that give an insight into the lives of the Mortimers. The book, which is illustrated with over 70 full-colour photographs, maps, timelines and family trees, explores the history of the Mortimers, their impact on the country and their relationship with the locations on the tour. One section lists all the locations, their connection to the Mortimers and what there is to see; Another section lists a wide range of other locations a short drive away associated with the Mortimers.
The book includes a quiz and an I-Spy to help motivate adults and children to find out information from the book and to visit the locations. A leaflet about the trail has also been distributed widely in Mortimer country and we are looking at developing the trail further.
Priced at £7.50 the book is available at local bookshops and tourist information centres or directly from the online shop on this website.
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