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SUMPTUOUS INTERIOR OF SHREWSBURY'S 'COUNCIL HOUSE' WHERE THE COUNCIL OF THE MARCHES MET

SUMPTUOUS INTERIOR OF SHREWSBURY'S 'COUNCIL HOUSE' WHERE THE COUNCIL OF THE MARCHES MET

Soon after the Norman Conquest the invaders found that there was likely to be constant bickering along the Welsh borders, or as this region came to be called, the Welsh Marches. Powerful nobles were therefore given estates in this region on the understanding that they should protect the neighbourhood given into their charge. However, these "lords marcher" were more given to fighting each other than the Welsh. In 1542 a council of Wales and the Marches was established by Henry VIII. Shrewsbury, as the most important town of the Welsh Marches, set up this Council House in 1620, though by that time the Welsh border had ceased to be a frontier with a hostile country. Charles I occupied the house in 1642, and James II in 1687.

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