Much Wenlock Travel Guide

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    The guildhall from the church green
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    Wenlock Priory ruins
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  • Wenlock Edge

    Wenlock Edge is a ridge of limestone that runs 15 miles from Much Wenlock to Craven Arms. At the highest point it is 330 metres above sea level, not high but as the ridge overlooks flattish countryside to the north it is very immpressive. It is a popular place for walkers and ramblers at weekends and there are car parks provided in Much Wenlock and...

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  • Wenlock Priory

    The ruins of Wenlock Priory are among the most romantic ruins in England. Originally a Saxon monastery the ruins we see today are from the Norman rebuilding that took place in the 12th century. The priory became redundant after the reformation as did many others including nearby Buildwas abbey. Many of these ruined monastic buildings are now owned...

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  • The Olympian Trail

    When you tell people that the modern Olympic movement really began as a consequence of a rural doctor in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock they nod and secretly think you are raving mad but it's actually true. Local resident Dr William Penny-Brooks instigated the first Olynpic games back in 1850 and can be regarded as the father of the modern...

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  • Much Wenlock Priory

    These spectacular ruins are the 12th & 13th century remains of a church and cloistral buildings belonging to the Cluniac Priory, now under the management of English Heritage. It is said to be the final resting place of St Milburga, the first Abbess, whose bones were found during rebuilding in 1101. Some of the best topiary of animals I have seen...

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  • St Owen’s Well House

    Just off the high street is Back Lane and towards the end can be see a fine example of a cruck-frame house - St Owen’s Well House and in the wall on the outside of the house is St Owen’s well itself. Cruck frame means 2 matching curved beams that meet at the gabled end, this may be one of Wenlock’s oldest buildings.

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  • Guildhall

    The Guildhall is from the 16th century. The lower part houses a market now inside the market you can see some of the original borough signs which extended over 17 parishes. Upstairs are the council chambers which are still in regular use and the old court. Above the judge's chair you will see The Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth I (1589). This is...

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  • Holy Trinity Church

    Holy Trinity Church became the church of the parish around 1100 and the Cluniac monks from The Priory were said to responsible for much of the stonework. t was here that St. Milburga (Wenlock’s female saint and abbess of Wenlock Priory) was buried and later moved. Her remains are said to have been moved a number of times. She is reputed to have...

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  • Talbot Inn

    Opposite Raynauld's Mansion is the Talbot Inn which has been a lodging since 1361. It was called the Abbott's House, the Almoners , a pub for travellers and a centre for alms giving. The courtyard was a pleasant place to stop for some lunch and a drink here as we explored the town sights. At the back of the courtyard is a malt house - now converted...

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  • Raynald’s Mansion

    Just along from the Corn Exchange on the High Street is another interesting building - a plain timber frame Elizabethan building, Raynald’s Mansion, constructed 1682. Looked like it was being renovated inside for a fine furniture shop.

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  • Corn Exchange and Library

    Along the high street in Much Wenlock are many interesting buildings. The Corn Exchange is just one of them, constructed in 1851, the building became an Agricultural Library shortly afterwards and is still used as the local public library. Above the market area you can read a plaque in memory to Dr William Penny Brookes and his many contributions...

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  • Memorial Hall - Museum and Tourist...

    The memorial hall at the heart of the town centre is home to the town's tourist office - so a good place to start and pick up leaflets for local town walks and information. The museum is also housed here - free entrance and full of local information and history - especially with regard to being the birthplace of the modern Olympics so well worth a...

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  • Much Wenlock Museum

    The museum has some interesting artifacts and memorabilia of the town. The Tourist Information Office is in the same building. Just outside their door is a map showing details of another Wenlock walk - the Olympian Trail which will guide you past points of interest relating to the origins of the modern Olympic games.You can follow the trail using...

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  • Much Wenlock

    Apart from the Olympic connection Much Wenlock is a delightful village to explore with its pretty cottages, specialist boutiques and tea rooms. Quite an array of architectural styles too from the Elizabethan mansion, the alms houses, black and white "magpie" buildings and the old priory remains - more details in the must see section.

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  • The Modern Olympics Connection

    Much Wenlock is the birthplace of William Penny Brookes, founding father of the Modern Olympic Games. His home is now the Lloyds bank there. It was in 1850 that the first ever Olympian Games were held in Much Wenlock and they are still held here annually in July on the Linden Fields. The games were originally designed "to promote the moral,...

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