Historic Shropshire

Shropshire has some real gems when it comes to exploring the past and there are great web-sites which can do far more justice to each than we able on one page.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather a taster of some of our own favourite places of interest.

Ptolemy’s 2nd Century ‘Geography’ mentions Viroconium Cornoviorum (Wroxeter) which was one of the largest settlements in Britain during Roman times.  (English Heritage)

Even within Shropshire people are often surprised to discover that Acton Burnell (approx 10 miles from Much Wenlock) twice hosted Parliaments (1283 and 1285) In 1283 Edward 1 was visiting and convened one of the first Parliaments to include members of the Commons.  The ruins of the red sandstone castle and associated buildings where it all took place are now managed by English Heritage.

English Heritage describe Stokesay Castle as ‘simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.’ A little further from the hotel (approximately 17 miles) it has a beautiful charm and can also be en-route to Ludlow – a great day out!

Buildwas Abbey is on the doorstep of Much Wenlock and is situated in lovely countryside by the Severn River.  The beautiful ruins (English Heritage) are of both historic and photographic interest.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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