Church Stretton area, Shropshire. Location map
 
  Church Stretton, Shropshire, England   Church Stretton.

The town was granted a market charter by King John in 1214 which is still held every Thursday. Much of the town centre, however, was destroyed by fire in 1593 and many of the present half timbered buildings in the town centre date from the time of the rebuilding.

 

 

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  17th century timber framed, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England   Church Stretton.

Some more 17th century half timbered buildings in the High Street.

The Victorians dubbed Church Stretton as England's 'Little Switzerland', because of the surrounding hills, when it was promoted as a spa town It's natural springs are now the source of the Stretton Hills bottled water.

 

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  St. Lawrence Church, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England   St. Laurence Church.

The Church of St Laurence retains much of the original Norman building. It has a fine Norman nave, and is one of only a few churches with a carved fertility symbol (a Sheelagh na Eigh), a remnant of Saxon times.

 

 

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  Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England   Cardingmill Valley.

The town is surrounded by hills such as The Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and The Lawley. Nestling in the folds of the Long Mynd is Cardingmill Valley now owned by the National Trust. A picturesque valley popular with visitors which has it's own car park, also run by the national Trust, and for which you will have to pay.

You could also drive up onto the ridge of the Long Mynd where there are plenty of free parking places and walk down into Cardingmill Valley from the top (if you can find it).

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