The county town of SHREWSBURY,one of the finest Tudor towns in England
is surrounded by a loop of the River Severn.
Tudor houses in Mardol
Quarry Park is the home of the annual flower show.
Following the collapse of the older church in 1788, nearby St Chad’s Church was built 1790-92, incorporating Classical Greek features. The site and plan caused much controversy as circular churches were unfamiliar in England and furthermore part of the town walls had to be demolished.
MUCH WENLOCK dates to Saxon times and still maintains many black and white half timbered buildings.
The Grade 11* listed Guildhall in Wilmore Street, is a very fine half timbered 16th century building. The old Council Chamber and the Law Courts are supported on huge oak pillars. In the open butter market beneath can be seen a whipping post and restraints from former times. The stone built town lock up situated at the north end may date to the late 14th century. It has been said that this fine ancient building of c1557 was actually built in two days!