Excerpts from A Corner of Old England, by J. Penderel Brodhurst, 1883

“Within 130 miles of London there surely cannot be another spot where the England of the day before yesterday can be studied so perfectly.

“Brewood consists of half a dozen streets and a market place. Every street contains something interesting to the rambler in this forgotten town. It enjoys the title of town by reason of the market which was granted to its men by Henry III six hundred and sixty-two years ago. The market has disappeared this hundred years, but the lazy, dreamy life of the old place goes on as always. The annual wake is the one excitement of the year, and then there is a brave gathering of the clans from the country round and from over the little river Penk, which is the natural boundary between Stafford and Salop.”

“In one of the streets near the Market Place stands a big roomy house of castellated aspect, which was named by its builder Speedwell Castle, and is so known to this day. It was built by an apothecary with money won upon the Duke of Bolton’s horse Speedwell.”  

Excerpts from "A Corner of Old England" by James Penderel Brodhurst, May 1883.

Although upheld by tradition, there is now some doubt as to the accuracy of the latter statement but it is known that the Castle was once used as a provisions store. It is currently divided into flats.