Bridgnorth Things to Do

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    Market Hall

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jul 13, 2009

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    Bridgnorth's Italianate Market Hall
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    You have to hand it to the victorians, if they saw something they liked they would replicate it. They had a strong liking for gothic buildings and so a lot of the gothic styles you see in England are actually Victorian gothic revivalism.
    Here in Bridgnorth we have something fairly unique ourselves. The Market Hall is an Italianate style building complete with a campanile more reminiscent of Florence than an English market town.
    Built in 1855 it must have looked quite stunning when complete. The trouble is that now it really could do with a bit of TLC, a makeover or at least a damn good clean.
    I wish they'd either restore it or knock it down but to see it gradually look more and more run down every year is quite sad.
    It's one of our famous landmarks and we should treat it with a bit more respect.

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    Pubs

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jul 5, 2009

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    The Shakespeare
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    For a fairly small town Bridgnorth has a healthy selection of pubs to choose from. At the last count we had 27, not bad in the current climate. No doubt helped by the number of visitors the town gets our pubs seem to thrive. I'm not going to make recommendations here as all the pubs serve a selection of beers and nearly all do food. Of course if the one you choose isn't to your liking you have another 26 to try!!
    Here's a selection to whet your appetite.

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    Town Hall

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Bridgnorth Town Hall
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    Bridgnorth has a very unusual town hall. The bottom half is open and until the 1990's traffic used to pass underneath. Now it is sealed off from traffic but it still acts as a market area on Saturday mornings where local farmers sell their produce. The town hall dates from 1652 when the building, then a barn, was donated to the town. It was much restored in 1887 and it is pretty much unchanged since then. Entrance is free and you can inspect the council chambers. The building is also open Saturday and Sunday. There is now a small cafe selling fair trade coffee and postcards etc in the upper part of the building.

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    Northgate Museum

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jun 14, 2009

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    At the north end of the high street is the Northgate, originally part of the towns defenses and now home to a little museum dedicated (mostly) to local history.
    The museum is free to enter and the people running it are very helpful and informative.
    Visitors from America will be interested in the local story that saw 4 young children packed off on the Mayflower as orphans even though they had parents. An intriguing tale of landed gentry protecting their heirs!
    There is a great view of the high street from the top of the museum steps as well.

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    Daniels Mill

    by Andrew_W_K Updated May 7, 2009

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    About 2 miles south of Bridgnorth is Daniels Mill. An old water mill that dates originally from the 15th century although the building that stands there today is more likely 19th century. That was when the current wheel was installed anyway.
    The mill is very picturesque and the tour is interesting, you get a good demonstration of grinding wheat to flour using the natural power of running water that turns the wheel that in turn rotates the huge grinding stones.
    The mill is open from easter through to October and there is an admission charge of £3 for adults and £2.50 for kids as at 2009.
    For steam train enthusiasts the Severn Valley Railway passes above the mill on large viaduct which can give some great photo opportunities.
    There are some nice walks through the woods too.

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    Bridgnorth to Ironbridge - The Severn Valley Way

    by Andrew_W_K Updated May 2, 2009

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    The disused Severn Valley Railway
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    If you enjoy walking or cycling there is a great route that runs between Bridgnorth and Ironbridge that follows the river Severn. The route is a disused railway line that begins near the golf course just north of Bridgnorth and runs 7 miles to Woodbridge in Ironbridge Gorge. From here you are able to use the many paths and cycletrails that form the Silkin Way to explore the gorge proper including the Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale, Jackfield and Coalport all worth visiting for their museums and industrial heritage. The great thing about this trail is that it's flat so its not a hard slog to walk or cycle. The scenery along the trail is beautiful with sandstone outcrops, woods and meadows everywhere and the hugely impressive Apley Estate and Apley Hall just over the river (note, the hall is a private residence and not open to the public but you can view it well enough from the river, see also http://www.apleyhall.com/). You have the option of walking along the old railway or on the Severn Way that runs alongside the river just a few yards away from the railway.
    When you get to the end of the trail there is a welcoming pub in Woodbridge, imaginatively named The Woodbridge, where you can enjoy a drink and something to eat.
    Note, in the winter and after periods of rain it can get quite muddy.
    Allow a day.

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    Antique Shops

    by Andrew_W_K Written Apr 22, 2009

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    Bridgnorth Antique Centre

    Bridgnorth has a few really good antique/brik-a-brak shops that are worth visiting if you like poking around after a bargain. The two biggest are the Smithfield Antique Centre in Whitburn Street, high town and Old Mill Antique Centre in Mill Street, low town.
    Bridgnorth can't hold a candle to its Shropshire neighbour Ludlow for antique and junk shops but it's still pretty good.

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    Funicular Railway and Castle Terrace

    by Andrew_W_K Written Apr 5, 2008

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    On a nice summers day drive to low town and park by the river and take the funicular railway (entrance opposite the bridge over the river) up the cliff into high town where there is a pleasant walk around castle terrace that culminates in castle park. The park is an old fashioned park of lawns and flowers with an ornate bandstand in the middle. Also in the park are the castle ruins - not much survives after the castle was blown up in the civil war. One tower remains and it leans at a more acute angle than the tower of Pisa. From castle park you can continue into the town centre or turn right to see the Georgian style church designed by Thomas Telford.

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    THE SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY 2

    by BerniShand Updated Jun 18, 2004

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    under restoration

    even if you dont particlarly like steam trains this is a great trip, it is full of nostalgia, and the countryside is lovely
    for me it brought back memories of summer day trips to the seaside, or the quite rightly forbidden trick of putting a penny on the railway line for the train to flatten when it passed over it.........not something you can do with todays high speed trains !

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    ONLY A SHORT RIDE !

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    only a short way up

    As you can see it is only a short ride from top to bottom !
    strictly speaking this isnt a train but a funicular, it was originally water powered using a counterbalance system, but now it is motor driven

    the poet John Betjeman was a fan of this funicular, he said "if you approach the High Town by the cliff railway you feel you are being lifted up to heaven"

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    THE SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    This lovingly restored steam railway runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster through beautiful countryside, this is a haven for any railway fan ! there are several examples of rolling stock to see, and period stations to visit

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    THE GUILDHALL

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    the guildhall

    built in the 17th century to replace the original town hall,which as destroyed in the Civil War now on Saturdays the local market winds around and under it, but it is still an impressive building

    it houses sever historical artefacts and is occasionally open to the public

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    LAVINGTONS HOLE

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Lavingtons Hole

    during the English Civil War a tunnel was dug here in the soft sandstone cliff,by the Parlaimentary forces, with the intention of filling it with explosives and blowing up the chaple above where all the munitions were stored
    the Royalists surrendered and the tunnel was never used, this was called Lavingtons Hole, after Colonel Lavington who commanded the troops who dug the tunnel

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    CLIFF RAILWAY FACTS

    by BerniShand Written Apr 6, 2004

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    opened in 1892, travels up and down the 111ft high cliffs, this is the oldest and steepest inland funicular

    it is open all year round, from 8am to 8pm [ Sundays fron 12 noon ] closing at 6.30pm in winter

    closed 24th and 25th December and 1st January

    costs 70 pence return journey

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    CASTLE WALK

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    the castle is long gone, but the view from the top of the cliff is magnificent, with the river Severn, the Low Town and the lovely green countryside below you

    King Charles I called it "the finest view in all my kingdom", sadly my photograph doesnt do it justice

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