Other Shropshire towns and villages
Other Shropshire towns and villages
Other Shropshire towns and villages worth noting are:
Acton Scott which has a majestic Elizabethan mansion with mullion and transomed windows, and a Working Farm Museum where you are invited to volunteer for hay-making, harvesting, mucking-out etc. Open April to October.
Albrighton has the Aerospace Museum at RAF Cosford, and one of the best you will find. Open Easter to October every day; November to March Monday to Friday.
Aston Munslow with the White House Museum of Buildings and Country Life, spanning 600 years of buildings, working tools and equipment.
Bridgnorth. In the centre of the town is the Town Hall brought here from Much Wenlock. A Cliff Railway to High Town has a gradient of 1:1 �, but there is a more gentle and beautiful railway which starts at Bridgnorth – the Severn Valley Railway which has superb steam-train runs each week-end March to October and then daily from mid-May until early September. It is the largest preserved steam railway in Britain and has a marvellous array of engines and rolling stock, and you can even hire a train and have lunch or dinner in the very elegant dining cars whilst going over the route. Two miles away, is the Midland Motor Museum and Bird Garden at Stanmore Hall (Open All Year).
Buildwas Abbey – gorgeous ruins, if ever ruins can be gorgeous, set in a great field on the road to Much Wenlock and well worth a diversion. Burford House Gardens at Burford are open afternoons from April to October.
Cleobury Mortimer. In the church Piers Plowman dreams his dreams in a stained glass window. Clun is according to Housman, in the Shropshire Lad, ‘one of the four quietest places under the sun’.
Ellesmere. This is where the strange ‘meres’ are found. A collection of lakes and big puddles which are the home for many water birds. A Visitor Centre has information for bird watchers and natural history buffs. Open in summer at week-ends.
Hodnet Hall Gardens open from April to September on weekday afternoons, has shrubs and summer borders, a valley with lakes and great forest trees.
Longford upon Tern has the aqueduct built by Thomas Telford, in 1794, to carry the Shropshire Union Canal over the river. Ludlow is a lovely town, most famous for the ornate Feathers Hotel, 1603, but it has almost as good a collection of splendid buildings as Shrewsbury. Ludlow Festival is held during the last week of June and first week of July.
Much Wenlock is a small town with lots of character; half-timbered and Georgian houses by the side of farm buildings and corrugated-iron lean-to’s. The Priory ruins are worth seeing. Dr William Penny Brookes, born in the town in 1809, was respon-sible for the introduction of P.T. (now P.E.) in schools.
Oswestry, where you will hear a lot of Welsh spoken, has 40 acres of old iron-age fortifications.
Stokesay Castle. Enter through a black and white sixteenth-century gatehouse and you come upon the splendid fortified manor house built in the later thirteenth century. Open March to October, except Tuesdays; and weekends in November.
Weston Park is the home of the Earl of Bradford. Capability Brown did the gardens and grounds, and the house has one of the best private collections of paintings in the country as well as lovely tapestries, country by-gones, a miniature railway and a butterfly farm. Usually open daily, except Monday and Friday from June to August; and weekends only for April, May and September.
Wroxeter, once Viriconium of Roman times, is one of the largest towns in England. Fragments of the old town have been uncovered and there is a very good little museum on the site.