History and Heritage
Clare has seen more than 2000 years of history which have left their mark on our lovely town. From the Iron Age earthworks, to the Castle built soon after 1066, to the coming of the railway.
During the 14th century the Castle was home to one of the wealthiest women in England. Clare was very prosperous in Medieval times as it was a centre for the wool and cloth trade and the Church and many of the listed houses were built then using the wealth brought to the town.
The story of Clare can be found in the Ancient House Museum – and it can be seen all around you – enjoy exploring it!