Much Wenlock area, Shropshire. Location map
 
  Ironbridge near Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England   Ironbridge from the north bank.

This elegant bridge, about 4 miles from Much Wenlock, was the first in the world to be built of iron and was completed in 1779. It is interesting to note that there were no serious injuries or fatalities during its construction.

It was constructed using joinery techniques although the joints were cast rather than being cut. This was to allow the structure more movement than could be achieved using bolts or rivets.

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  16th Century Guildhall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England   Much Wenlock Guildhall.

This fine timber framed building dates from the 16th century and the Council Chamber is still used for Town Council meetings. It is built on wooden posts with the space underneath enclosed only on three sides leaving the front open.

Holy Trinity Church can be seen just beyond.

We stayed in Much Wenlock, within easy walking distance of the Guildhall, at the Gaskell Arms.

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  Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England   Holy Trinity Church.

This church originates from around the 12th century and has Saxon origins but the main features are the wide Norman nave and chancel. A transitional tower was later added to the west end covering up some fine Norman details.

 

 

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  Raynald's Mansion, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England   Raynald's Mansion.

This beautiful timber framed building, on the left hand side of the street, is notable for its three bays and its balconies. Although the frontage is 17th century behind it is a medieval hall.

This house is a private residence and is not open to the public.

 

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  13th Century Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England   Wenlock Priory.

This has been a religious site for over 13 centuries but this priory wasn't founded until after the Norman Conquest.

All that survives today of the 350ft long, 13th century church is a wall of the north transept, a substantial section of the south transept, the huge nave column bases and the remains of the Chapter House.

This site is owned by English Heritage and there is an entrance fee.

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