Theatre group to perform classic Thomas Hardy story
A drama group is taking on one of Thomas Hardy's most famous novels for its latest show.
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Llanymynech is a village which straddles the English/Welsh border, partly in Shropshire and partly in Powys. In fact the former Red Lion pub used to boast bar in both countries handy in the past when Wales' licensing rules meant you couldn't drink there on a Sunday. Its history can by traced back to Roman times. The hillfort on Llanymynech hill is said to be the site of the battle between British chieftan, Caractacus and the Romans in AD51. In the 18th and 19th century it was a major limestone quarrying area and the massive Hoffman limestone kiln in the heritage area is one of only three left in Britain. The limestone drew both the canal and the railway to the area. Today Llanymynech Hill and the quarry remains is the site of a nature reserve and also a golf course - the latter able to claim that it has holes in two countries.