Shropshire village, 4 miles S of Shrewsbury.
Condover Hall is a magnificent Elizabethan house which used to belong to the Cholmondeley family in the 19th. century. Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925) lived here for a few months in 1896 before moving to London. Her uncle, Reginald Cholmondeley owned the house before this and was host to the American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910) when he visited in 1873 and 1879. For many years it was owned by the Royal National Institute for the Blind where they ran a school. In 2005 it was sold to new owners and is now a school for children with autism aged 4-19, called Condover Horizon, and a Further Education College for young people with Asperger's Syndrome aged 16-23, called Farleigh Further Education College.
The village of Condover was the birthplace of Richard Tarlton (c1530-1588), actor, court jester and thought to be the original of Shakespeare's 'poor Yorick'.
Location map of Condover courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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