Albrighton village High Street has not altered too much over the years - the half timbered inns and Georgian facades still make the street as picturesque as it was when the lime trees were planted back in 1832.
Some sources say the lime trees were planted by a Dr Bidwell, others say a former Earl of Shrewsbury was responsible. Early in the 1600's, Albrighton was noted for making buttons and then in the 1700's clock making flourished. By 1880 it was bricks, but by and large, agriculture was the main industry before the building of the railways.
Albrighton was granted Borough status in 1303 on account of its remoteness from Shrewsbury. That was renewed in 1662 but it seemed to lapse again by the 19th century. A Mace confirming its borough status was discovered for auction at Southerby's and this was purchased for £359 in 1948. The Borough status meant that there was a Justice of the Peace who could order the arrest of criminals. A small jail and stocks stood somewhere near to the Crown, whilst a room above it was used for various village meetings and transactions. There was also a Toll House nearby.
Today you will find a warm welcome from friendly villagers and shop keepers, local independent shops and restaurants. At Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, David Austin has created what many consider to be one of the most beautiful, fragrant rose gardens in the world. Explore the 5 individually themed gardens, which are home to over 700 different rose varieties, including the National Collection of English Roses.
Please visit www.albrightontourism.co.uk for more information about Albrighton, Shropshire.
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Attractions in Albrighton
FREE Admission. The award winning Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.
Boscobel House is a beautiful but modest hunting lodge which sheltered Charles II after defeat at Worcester.
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The remains of a late 12th-century church of a small priory of Augustinian canonesses, surrounded by picturesque woodland.
Nr Boscobel House
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At Apley Farm Shop we want you to be passionate about local food. Using quality ingredients from our own estate & unearthing the finest foods our community of local farmers & producers have to offer, we give you the opportunity to taste, discover & enjoy the finest foods from our region.
Accommodation in Albrighton
Albrighton Visitor Information
The nearest visitor information point to Albrighton is located at the Castle Farm Interchange which is located at Junction 4 of the M54. The nearest official visitor information centre is Telford Town Centre.
Telford Visitor Information Centre, The Telford Shopping Centre, Telford, TF3 4BX
Tel: 01952 238008 Fax: 01952 291723