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About Market Drayton

History

We are located in the beautiful town of Market Drayton, in the North of Shropshire. A market town and electoral ward in north Shropshire, England, close to the Cheshire and Staffordshire borders. It is on the River Tern, and was formerly known as “Drayton in Hales” and earlier simply as “Drayton”. Market Drayton is on the Shropshire Union Canal and on Regional Cycle Route 75.

Drayton is recorded in the Domesday Book as a manor in the hundred of Hodnet. It was held by William Pantulf, Lord of Wem, from Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury. Drayton is listed as having a population of 5 households in 1086, putting it in the smallest 20% of settlements recorded. Domesday also lists Tyrley, which was the site of a castle later (52°54′00″N 2°28′45″W).

In 1245 King Henry III granted a charter for a weekly Wednesday market, giving the town its current name. The market is still held every Wednesday.

Nearby Blore Heath was the site of a battle in 1459 between the Houses of York and Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses.

The great fire of Drayton destroyed almost 70% of the town in 1651. It was started at a bakery, and quickly spread through the timber buildings. The buttercross in the centre of the town still has a bell at the top for people to ring if there was ever another fire.

Local owner, Nigel Brown looks forward to welcoming you.

Home Of Gingerbread

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The first recorded mention of gingerbread being baked in the town dates to 1793, although it was probably made earlier, as ginger had been stocked in high street businesses since the 1640s.

Local Area

Hawkstone Park Follies Market DraytonHawkstone Follies is a historic parkland that covers 100 acres.

Created in the 18th Century by Sir Rowland Hill, it became known as one of the greatest historic parklands in Europe.

Centred around the Red Castle and the awe-inspiring Grotto Hill, there are intricate pathways, ravines, arches and bridges, towering cliffs and follies with woodland walks that offer a delightful day out. Find out more.

Tyrley Locks Market Drayton ShropshireThis leisurely walk is 5km, to Market Drayton and back, following the route of the Shropshire Union Canal. See locks, embankments and cuttings on the last canal designed by Thomas Telford.

Market Drayton’s canal, now part of the ‘Shropshire Union Main Line’ was the country’s last trunk canal.

Engineered by Thomas Telford, it was completed in 1835, a year after Telford’s death and just two years before the railway from Liver­pool and Manchester to Birmingham was opened a few miles to the east. Find out more.

Market Drayton Golf ClubA hidden gem set in the rural Shropshire countryside

Positioned down a peaceful lane one mile outside the Shropshire town is Market Drayton Golf Club. Established in 1906 it is a beautiful course with elevations that afford spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Market Drayton manages to produce a little something for everybody within its 18 holes parkland layout.

Our tranquil, picturesque and challenging course was laid out on its current site as a nine hole course in 1926.  Following its foundation in 1906 the Club occupied three sites on the outskirts of Market Drayton. In these early days the Club had some seventy playing members with men paying a two guinea subscription and the ladies one guinea. Find out more.