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!

Clare’s Listed Buildings

Clare is fortunate in its historic buildings. Over 130 English Heritage listings include six that are Grade I, and 11…

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St Peter & St Paul Church

St Peter and St Paul is a big church, and if it does not stand in the first rank of…

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The Ancient House Museum

Clare Ancient House is a Grade I Listed Building, and is recognised as having national importance. The West wing, on…

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The Castle Ruins

At the heart of the Country Park is Clare Castle, first built in the 11th century by Richard FitzGilbert, a…

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The Railway Buildings

Clare Station remained in operation until the Beeching closures. Passenger services stopped on 6 March 1967, whilst freight services had…

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The Wool Towns

Clare is a historic market town. It came into prominence in the medieval period as the wool trade expanded, initially…

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