Visit Shifnal and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Shifnal, Shropshire. This small town, mentioned by Charles Dickens in The Old Curiosity Shop, was once an important stopping place for coaches on the Holyhead road. A casual glance suggests the town is Georgian for there are quite a number of fine examples here of architecture of that period. But Shifnal is much older than that as the timber-framed Old Idsall House and the largely Norman Church of St Andrew prove. The explanation is that Shifnal was largely destroyed by fire in 1591 and those two buildings are the only ones of note which survived.
The church is unusual in having in effect two chancels, one behind the other, the original Norman and the lofty l4th century one. There is also a dog — a stone one lying under the feet of the stone figure of Thomas Forster, a priest who died in 1526.
In St Mary's Roman Catholic Church is a beaten silver chalice, almost 500 years old, with a curious story. It disappeared after the Reformation, was lost for hundreds of years, turned up in a Yorkshire curio shop and was returned to the church, the finder taking to heart the injunction engraved around it: “Return Mee to Sheafnall in Shropshire”.
Nearby cities: Wolverhampton
Nearby towns: Bridgnorth, Newport, Stafford, Telford
Nearby villages: Badger, Beckbury, Blymhill, Brockhurst, Broseley, Coalport, Crackleybank, Dawley, Great Chatwell, Horsehay, Ironbridge, Kemberton, Ketley, Lawley Bank, Lilleshall, Madeley, Malins Lee, Manor, Muxton, Oakengates, Preston upon the Wea, Ryton, Sheriff Hales, Stockton, Sutton Maddock, Tong, Trench, Weston-under-Lizard, Wombridge
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- a Shifnal hotel (or motel)
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- other Shifnal accommodation