There are many beautiful towns and county’s dotted around the United Kingdom but not many of them are as idyllic as Whitchurch, Shropshire. Here are three reasons why you should come and visit this amazing market town.
Nestled in the heart of Shropshire, Whitchurch is a town steeped in history, offering a captivating journey through the centuries. First established by the Romans as a legionnaires’ marching camp in the 1st Century AD, the town has continually evolved. Following the Norman invasion, a pristine white church emerged, and as years passed, the town’s name melded into “Whitchurch.” Notably, Whitchurch boasts one of the country’s best-preserved mottes and baileys castles, a testament to its medieval past. A hidden gem within the town is The Old Eagles Pub, a remarkable 14th-century townhouse that has been a beloved pub for nearly two centuries. During World War II, Whitchurch played a vital role, hosting a key listening station at its old Rectory for the decryption of German codes. These historical treasures and more can be explored at the local Heritage Centre, offering an enriching experience for history enthusiasts.
Small Independent Businesses
If you seek an authentic, family-friendly day out, Whitchurch’s vibrant high street beckons with a myriad of independent shops and restaurants, each offering its own unique charm. From boutique sustainable fashion brands to Michelin-rated restaurants, Whitchurch’s small businesses promise to fill your day with surprises. What sets Whitchurch apart is its unwavering community spirit, with local charities and organizations working tirelessly to showcase the town’s offerings. Special mentions go to the Blackberry Fair and the Caldecott Festival, events that embody the town’s warmth and hospitality.
Beautiful Scenery and Walks
For those yearning to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty, Whitchurch is an ideal destination. The town is surrounded by an exquisite landscape featuring lakes, parks, forests, and rolling fields, offering a haven for nature enthusiasts. Keen cyclists and walkers often arrive by train and embark on a serene journey along the town’s picturesque canal route, which meanders through the countryside. Within close proximity lies the pristine Brown Moss nature reserve, home to a diverse array of rare wildlife and over 200 species of rare plants. Whether you’re an avid hiker, cyclist, or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, Whitchurch offers the perfect backdrop to connect with nature.
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Article written by Gregory Ebbs of The Antique Stores, Whitchurch