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.