Wem is what "our friends across the water" would define as "Quaint".
Numerous small specialty shops stocked to the gunnels and bursting with delights. An old fashioned iron mongers that sells everything! Wem also has one of Shropshire's best delicatessens and that's a reference in itself.
To help you re-live your childhood, pop into the "Treacle Mine", a truly traditional sweet shop - Remember Pear Drops, Gobstoppers, Nut Brittle and Bonfire Toffee?
Wem is full of friendly folk - It could be down to the pace of life or simply that there are plenty of coaching inns where the ales are as real as the warmth of the welcome.
To be fair, the welcome wasn't always so friendly as some 5,000 Cavaliers found out when they attacked the town during the Civil War. The small Parliamentary garrison of 40 were so heavily outnumbered that the women of the town joined in to help them and held the town. This gave rise to this taunting couplet:-
"The women of Wem and a few musketeers beat Lord Chapel and all his Cavaliers"
Now, consider if you will the humble sweet pea. Not to be confused, of course, with the garden pea: an ingredient only rarely to be found on the menus of Shropshire's many gourmet restaurants. First grown by the 18th century nurseryman Henry Eckford, the achievement of this humble son of Shropshire is celebrated to this day.
Each year, the Wem Sweet Pea Festival draws admirers from around the world. Apart from the most hardened fanatics, many go on to visit the grand gardens and other floral attractions that make Shropshire one of the most fragrant counties of England.
Nearby is Hawkstone Park Follies an historic grade 1 listed landscape.
However you decide to visit Wem, by car or main line train service, you'll find this little market town has lots to offer - all served with a taste of "Little Old England".
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Attractions in Wem
Accommodation in Wem
Two cottages, sleeping 2 and 3 people, woodland walks, each with its own private garden area. Off road parking for two cars. Full oil fired central heating all included. Outdoor barbeque area. Pets welcome by arrangement.
61 The Hill
Set in beautiful countryside with outstanding views over the Shropshire plain, in a sheltered position nestling under the broadleaves and Scots Pines of Grinshill Hill with immediate access to lovely wooded walks.
Relax and enjoy Shropshire's countryside within easy traveling distance of the Welsh Marches, the Potteries, Ironbridge Gorge Telford. The lakes of Ellesmere and of course the county town of Shrewsbury.
This spacious house is situated in the pretty village of Clive. It can accommodate both families and older people as there are facilities both down and upstairs and although it makes an excellent base for exploring, walking and cycling or visiting friends and families, the garden offer tempting opportunities for both relaxation and play. There is plenty of space for parking at the front of the house. Free WiFi is available.
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