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place of some importance with the Romans, but it has been in a state of decay since it was burnt by Owen Glendower. In the Norman records the place is denominated Le Hay, and it is still frequently called the Hay. The Church contains a curious antique chalice, engraved with the words "Our Ladie Paris of the Hay." The town was anciently encompassed by embattled walls, some portions of which are still to be seen. The Castle was razed by Henry II., but was subsequently rebuilt, and held by Humphrey Bohun, Earl of Hereford. There are vestiges of Roman fortifications near the town; and a portion of a handsome gateway to the Castle still remains.
At a short distance from the Hay, occupying a commanding eminence above the Wye, is another extensive ruin, a venerable tower overgrown with ivy, the creeping plants clinging mournfully around its dark and ruined battlements. This Castle is traditionally reported to have been the residence of Sir Walter de Clifford, in the troubled times of King Stephen; and here was born Fair Rosamond-losa Mundi, the rose of the world. The Castle is a very good specimen of Norman architecture.
Still the ramparted ground
With a vision my fancy inspires;
As it marshalled our chivalry's sires.
And his banner all burnish'd with gold.
SEARS AND NELSON, PRINTERS, OXFORD ARMS PASSAGE, WARWICK LANF, ST. PAUL'S.