Wellington sits comfortably in the shade of the Wrekin, which dominates the landscape. The proximity of the town to the Wrekin means that it is a popular spot for walkers wishing to work their way to the top.
Wellington was built near Watling street, the legendary ancient road that the Romans built to link London with their important city of Viriconium, now better known as Wroxeter.
Over time Wellington grew in importance as a medieval market town, with its first charter being granted in 1244 - the current market hall was built in the Victorian period.
With the development of the iron industry and growth in the coaching trade, prosperity came to the town, helped particularly by Thomas Telford's great road from London to Holyhead in 1835 - which incidentally went through Wellington en-route.
Wandering Around Wellington
Today Wellington is best known as a small town with a regular, typical English market. It is also home to a number of attractive buildings, including the 15th Century Old Hall and including the 18th Century All Saints church by George Stuart, the architect of Attingham Park
Despite Wellington's name, it is not connected with the Duke of Wellington in any way. The town's main claim to fame is that King Charles I was staying in the Wellington area when he declared war on Parliament.
There has been a settlement at Wellington since Anglo Saxon times. It is believed that the town's name is derived from an Anglo-Saxon farmer named Weola, or similar, who worked the lands where Wellington now stands
The town hosts the well-know Wellington Literary Festival each year, and the poet Phillip Larkin once worked at the town's Library.
You'll also find the Victorian Suburban Villa 'Sunnycroft' a typical gentlemans residence from the late Victorian period. The house was completed in 1899 and is a typical example of the many thousands of such houses that were built for prosperous businessmen and professionals on the fringe of Victorian towns. The earliest part of the house was built in 1880 for a Mr Wackrill who was a local brewer. After his death it was bought in the early 1890s by Mary Jane Slaney, a widow. She had the house extended adding the large reception rooms on the ground floor and the turret wing. she was also responsible for the layout of the grounds which today stands at just five acres, but in Sunnycroft's heyday would have been twice this size. The roses and summer flowers make the gardens ideal for enthusiasts to visit.
When Slaney died, the house was bought by her brother-in-law of the JVT Lander family. Possibly the continuity of family ownership has contributed to the preservation of the heritage inherent in visiting Sunnycroft. Many possessions have remained in place although new items have been added by the successive owners.
The house was eventually left in the care of the National Trust by Joan Lander, the grand-daughter of JVT Lander in 1997. Ms Lander who inherited the house in 1973 was an accomplished embroiderer and examples of her talent for needlework are on display in the house. Each year the Shropshire Embroiders Guild holds a memorial lecture in her honour.
Another well-known Wellington face includes, the abolitionist Dr William Withering who was born in the town in 1741. Withering investigated Digitalis, a medicine used in the treatment of heart disease.
Please click here to view a map of Wellington town centre.
Attractions in Wellington
Seek the spiritual heart of Shropshire and you'll find the Wrekin. The Wrekin plays an important role in Shropshire folk-lore. To us it represents home, and we love it.
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Shropshire Raft Tours welcomes you to our scenic river boat trips, canoe/kayak hire, mini raft hire and mega stand up paddle board hire along the beautiful River Severn located in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Electric and manual cycle hire to Bridgnorth along a cycle route is also available for those looking for an activity on dry land.
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Accommodation in Wellington
Whether you are visiting Telford, Shropshire for work or leisure, Clairmont Guest House is the perfect place to stay, offering outstanding and award winning 4* bed and breakfast accommodation within a beautiful Victorian house and garden.
54 Haygate Road
The Old Coalport Station is one of England's most romantic secrets in a beautiful, peaceful, rural setting and within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, overlooking the River Severn. Why not stay in one of our remarkably restored railway carriages? Coalport Station Holidays - your ticket to an extraordinary experience!
A Warm Welcome Awaits... We are delighted to aquaint you with our beautiful property. Your first impression of The Limes will be that of refinement and luxury, mixed with a relaxing 'home from home' atmosphere.
2 The Vineyard Drive