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Built in 1685, and formerly a court house, the Hundred House Inn is now an attractive country pub offering charming views across the Marches.
It is located in the village of Purslow, in the idyllic Clun Valley, Shropshire, an area quoted by Houseman as being “one of the quietest places under the sun”.
Surrounded by rolling hills, there are many scenic walks to enjoy through quiet countryside which is rich with wild-life, or you may prefer to enjoy the views from our picturesque, child friendly beer garden which is ideal to while away those long summer evenings
The Hundred House Inn at Purslow is found in the depths of the Clun Valley, commonly known as “the quietest under the sun”, a quote taken from poem L in ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by Houseman.
Purslow it has been said comes from the words – Pussa’s tumulus, ‘low’ being the Old English word for a tumulus, a pagan burial mound – arguably suggesting very early occupation in this area of about 600 A.D. Clun itself is a British, pre-Saxon river name.
The Domesday Survey which took place in 1086, stated that Clunbury, Kempton and Clunton lay in Rinlow Hundred. After some adjustments to boundaries and parishes this was then to become Purslow Hundred in the time of Henry I (1100-1135) and it is said that Pussa’s burial mound was the marker for the assembly of the people of the hundred. That ancient arrangement is still remembered today by the Hundred House at Purslow.
There were only two houses with full licences in the parish in the nineteenth century, The Crown at Clunton and the Hundred House at Purslow. The latter of which was run for over thirty five years from about 1870 onwards by Edward Smith, and when the licence was renewed in 1901, the records report it had been in continuous use as an inn for at least 165 years. In 1905 the Earl of Powys leased the Hundred House to the People’s Refreshment House Association finally selling it to them in 1926.
In 1891 the Hundred House was also the local magistrates’ court, sitting on the third Wednesday of each month at 12 noon. These court sessions finally stopped at the beginning of the 1914 – 18 War.
Shropshire is known as one of the nicest of England ‘s quietest counties. Set in glorious countryside a visit to the Beautiful Clun Valley is a must.
The Hundred House Inn is also close to many other attractions, Bishops Castle famous for it’s microbrewery. The medieval town of Ludlow and the nearby towns of Clun, Craven Arms and Church Stretton, each unique for their many specialist shops.
You wouldn’t want to miss the outstanding castles of Stokesay, Clun and Ludlow and the South Shropshire Hills and wild border county are excellent for walking and cycling, with Bury Ditches, Offa’s Dyke and the dramatic Long Mynd all close by.
Ironbridge, Shrewsbury , Bridgenorth and Hereford are also within easy reach.
However you choose to enjoy Shropshire a visit to Purslow is sure to delight!