Bishop’s Castle

Bishops Castle by David Neale

Bishop’s Castle is a small town situated in the Marches, an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty on the borders of England and Wales. It has a long and proud history, a strong sense of community, and has plenty to offer the discerning visitor who values peace and quiet away from the crowds. The town...(more)

Clun

Clun Bridge by Chris Gunns

The place takes its name from the river Clun upon which it stands. Deriving from an earlier Colun, it shares its very early British root with the two rivers Colne, in Lancashire and Essex, each of which has a town of the same name on its banks (Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names). The town...(more)

Craven Arms

At the junction of the turnpike roads, north-south from Shrewsbury to Ludlow and west-east from Clun to Bridgnorth, stood the Craven rms Inn, catering for the needs of travellers from the 1800s. Farmers from miles around brought their sheep to the market which wa held here, and so the town began to grow. It was...(more)

Knighton

Knighton by Colin Smith

Knighton stands on the banks of the river Teme, at a strategic point on the Welsh/English border. The top of the town is the best place to start exploring Knighton. The streets still show roughly the outline of the castle and its bailey. Unfortunatley, most of the area of the castle, together with a section...(more)

Ludlow

Ludlow bridge by Newton

Ludlow was described by John Betjeman as “the loveliest town in England” and by Country ife as “the most vibrant small town in the Country”. Ludlow also has more Michellin Starred restaurants than any other town in the country. Ludlow has a lively market, food fairs, speciality food shops and more restaurants and Inns than...(more)

Montgomery

Montgomery by Gordon Cragg

The town of Montgomery lies below an outcrop of rock upon which stands the castle built by the English King Henry III around 1223. The castle is one of a number built along the line of the English /Welsh border which for many hundreds of years was an area of conflict and political tension. Just...(more)

Much Wenlock

The Guildhall in Much Wenlock by Humphrey Bolton

In 1850 Local G.P. Dr William Penny-Brookes (1809 – 1895), who introduced physical education into British schools, inspired the fore-runner of the modern Olympic Games for the “promotion of moral, physical and intellectual improvement” and although the Game’s venue is now decided by international committee rather than by by the parish council, we still hold...(more)

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury - Photo by Brian Clift

Whether you are a “Shrew” or a “Shrow” (you will agree it’s an improvement on the Saxon name of Scrobbesbyrig) Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire offers and altogether gentler way of life. Gentle yes, but not dull – for Shrewsbury’s medieval heritage is matched only by its independent shopping, fine food and the vibrancy...(more)

Welshpool

Welshpool by Trevor Harris

The town of Welshpool became a borough under the title of Burgus de Pola by charter in 1263. The original borough merely consisted of what was afterwards known as Pool Middle extending to 60 acres the area later being increased to 20,426 acres by a charter granted by Edward de Cherleton, Lord of Powys on...(more)