Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Shrewsbury -10 June 2007

Haughmond AbbeyWhile the morning was still cool, we did a walk that passed Haughmond Abbey and skirted round then over Haughmond Hill.

A short distance away was the site of a battle six centuries ago and immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry IV; an excuse for another short walk here, around the battlefield.

ShrewsburyShrewsburyBy this time the day was getting warm and we had a look around Shrewsbury, a very attractive town built inside the horseshoe shape of the River Severn. It is full of Tudor style buildings.

Our lunch stop was the equally attractive village of Much Wenlock.

BridgenorthNot far away is another town we would recommend: Bridgnorth. It also has a historical High Street, in the middle of which is the Town Hall - open to visitors. They claim to have the best Victorian stained glass windows in the country.

BridgenorthThere was another reference to Shakespeare in one set of windows, and we even found New Zealand in a set of windows commemorating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

FunicularBridgnorth is made up of two towns: the High town with all the important buildings and the Low Town beside the River Severn. Linking the two is the oldest funicular railway in the country.

DudmastonThe final stop of the day was Dudmaston. This country house has an interesting collection of 20th century modern art, left to the National Trust along with the house by the last owner. The garden is lovely and spacious.

One of the families that previously owned Dudmaston was the Darbys, nicely rounding off the weekend that had started with the Ironbridge where Abraham Darby first used coke to make cast iron.


Paul said...

We were just noticing on your map all the places in the UK that you have visited, and were curious as to why you haven't been to Ireland. Is there a reason?

Murray said...

Yes, Our visit was back in 2003 - before the blog started. Along with the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall, the Moors and Dales, Ireland is an area I have yet to 'flag'.