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In winter’s snow the stone-throne in Candy Woods would be more at home in Narnia than Shropshire. But this land is as epic as Lewis’ fantasy. Offa’s Dyke marked out a border with Wales, later controlled by the Norman ‘Marcher Lords’ who built castles along it as mighty as Cair Paravel. And Mad Jack Mytton, who gambled away his inheritance here, once rode a bear into dinner and named his son Euphrates after his favourite racehorse. Did a Witch Queen freeze the horses’ heads?