Have just been to visit a client in the Welsh town of Montgomery – what a lovely place! Packed full of stunning Georgian architecture, half timbered houses, a 13th century castle and attractive little shops and tea rooms. Fortunately I had a little time to spare to enjoy the delights of this small town that punches well above its weight in attractiveness.
The walk up to the castle is steep but tantalising glimpses of interesting architecture surrounded by wild roses helps take the mind off the aching calf muscles.
The castle itself is a ‘romantic ruin’ – courtesy of Oliver Cromwell – but was erected by Henry III to oversee this gateway to Wales (which, of course, was also the gateway to England for his Welsh adversaries). The views are stunning though – those Medieval kings certainly knew how to pick a site!
The Old Bell museum, run by the local Civic Society, was also a delight – plenty to see covering the whole period of Montgomery’s history and well interpreted. As a window stylings designer I got a taste of what I might have been recommending to a discerning client had I been around in the 15th century.
The shutters I offer nowadays are still long lasting and British made but perhaps offer a little more in terms of light control, colour choice and adjustability!
Apparently the town had quite a makeover in the Georgian period as one enthusiastic resident explained when he caught me admiring his home – presumably some ancestor of Kirsty Allsopp at work? At every turn though, some architectural delight greets your eye, so if you are ever in that neck of the woods then I thoroughly recommend a visit.