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Favourite places in Shropshire

I was born in Shropshire and so were many of my ancestors.

As a youth I don’t think I appreciated the beauty of my home county . I will share with you some of my favourite spots.

Where is Shropshire many people say. ” never heard of it!”. Well shame on them!

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Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwin. A beautiful medieval town with black and white buildings. It has some beautiful architecture with some Georgian buildings close to the river Severn. The ox bow river meanders around this town. It’s beautiful in the summer and has a lovely atmosphere close to xmas as it is full of independent shops.

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Ludlow is another favourite of mine. The architecture is similar to Shrewsbury. A pretty market town with a castle. The food festival draws many visitors and a plethora of high quality restaurants are present in this small town. The silver pear gift shop is well worth a visit. There are some beautiful jewellery shops and delicatessens. Great for independent retail shopping.

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Attingham park is a lovely National Trust property just outside of Shrewsbury. The grounds are beautiful and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll come snow or sunshine. Deer are reared in the grounds and are lovely to see. Badger sets are protected in the grounds and is home to a variety of birds. There is also a great tea shop. Just ideal after a brisk walk on a Sunday afternoon.

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The rolling Shropshire hills are truly a sight for sore eyes. Driving from Shrewsbury to Ludlow you can appreciate the expanse of these hills and their beauty especially when they are topped with snow. Great for walking and blowing away the cobwebs.

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Stokesay castle.
Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like.

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Stokesay castle. The north tower.

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Whittington castle.
Although not recorded in the Domesday Book, local legend claims that a series of primitive castles has existed here since the 9th century. The present castle ruins date from 1221 when the fitz Warren family applied to King Henry III for permission to build a stone fortress. Originally, the castle had 7 towers, each about 18 metres high, with walls 3.7 metres thick and a drawbridge over 12 metres long. The fitz Warrens had a remarkable love/hate relationship with the English monarchy.

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Moreton Corbett castle

This is a haunting and impressive structure in its current state.
The impressive ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle are the product of over 500 years of building. The earliest surviving remains are those of a stone castle begun in about 1200, including a fine gatehouse. The Corbet family remodelled the castle in the 16th century, and the Elizabethan south wing is a rare survival from this period of a bold Italian-inspired design, which was devastated during the Civil War. Fine Corbet monuments fill the adjacent church.
In the 18th century the castle was abandoned as a residence, and it soon became roofless. Plans were drawn up in 1796 to build a new house on the site, but the project was never realised and the castle remained a ruin. The Corbet family still owns the castle today, although the site is managed by English Heritage.
In the 18th century the castle was abandoned as a residence, and it soon became roofless. Plans were drawn up in 1796 to build a new house on the site, but the project was never realised and the castle remained a ruin. The Corbet family still owns the castle today, although the site is managed by English Heritage.

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Hawkstone hall and follies.
Hawkstone Hall is a 43,400 square feet early 18th-century country mansion near Hodnet, Shropshire, England which was more recently occupied as the pastoral centre of a religious organisation for many years. It is a Grade I listed building.

If you like medieval history Shropshire is the county to visit. Enriched with history and architecture you won’t be disappointed.

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