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Discovering Much Wenlock - Guild Hall

I love sharing with you all the delights and discoveries of Shropshire. I hope that one day should you get the opportunity to visit my home county you will be tempted to explore some of my recommendations. Much Wenlock is a picturesque village, most famous for being home to Dr William Penny Brookes (1809-1895) responsibly for the revival of the Olympic Games.  
Much Wenlock Guild Hall
Today I spent some time explore the guildhall, it is located in the centre of town at the end of the High Street.  Built in 1540 it was the administrative and judicial centre for Much Wenlock for four and a half centuries. 
  • It had been an active court of law up until 1985.
  • In 1468 the town was granted a charter by Edward IV to hold markets.
  • 1540 the town became responsible for administrating its own taxation and justice.
Much Wenlock Guild Hall

Much Wenlock Guild Hall
There were 4 types of court held in the Guildhall, Bailiff, Leet, Petty and most importantly Quarter Sessions. 
  • Two felons were hanged on Wedlock Edge
  • You can find the remains of shackles on a post, which was used to deliver the punishment of whipping.
  • They even had a mobile stocks, which you can see in the Guildhall. 
Much Wenlock Guild Hall

Much Wenlock Guild Hall
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There is much to be seen inside the building, full of artifacts, historical documentation and period furniture. It is only a small building and you may not be in there too long but it makes for a fascinating visit.

Entry is free though I am sure you will want to make a contribution to the donations box. There is a flight of stairs to access the upper part of the building. 

There is a small car park in the centre of town, although it is poorly sign posted. 




Much Wenlock Olympian Trail
The tourist information centre is opposite the Guild Hall, though it is not open every day. From here you can start the Olympian Trail, a walk around Much Wenlock with special focus on the part it played in launching the modern day Olympics. I have yet to do this, another excuse to visit and visit a tea room. You can find more information on the Much Wenlock Tourism website. For those of you that love knitting or crochet there is a wonderful wool shop on the High Street.

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I am joining in with this weeks Five of Friday, hosted by Love Made My Home with my 5 favourite photos of the Guild Hall at Much Wenlock. See the link in my right hand side bar for the link.

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17 comments:

  1. Looks like a fascinating place. I have been through Wenlock a couple of times but I'm always on my way to somewhere else and I've never had chance to explore it properly. Thanks for showing it to us.

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  2. A lovely building. I would love to visit Much Wenlock one day.

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  3. The guildhall is stunning. I really enjoyed to see the facade and inside decoration. It looks to be in such a good condition.

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  4. Oh, my! The Guildhall is amazing. Thanks for the look!

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  5. Such a wonderful building! We are so lucky to live in this beautiful country.

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  6. We rented a cottage in Shropshire a few years ago and it is indeed a beautiful area.

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  7. I have read about Much Wenlock and would love to visit one day.

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  8. 1540! It is so amazing to me that a building constructed so many years ago can be impressively standing today. Thanks for sharing the photos of it and helping us appreciate some of the history of the area.

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  9. The carved wooden chairs are unbelievable. Thank you for sharing. Imagine the work hours which went into them.

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  10. I have never visited Much Wenlock but I do love the little of Shropshire I've seen. Your post was fascinating. Thank you. B x

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  11. Such a wonderful Elizabethan building! Awesome that one can tour it. You got some great photos. I may never get to England, though I would absolutely LOVE to!

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  12. What a fascinating and beautiful building. I love visiting new places so maybe, oneday .....

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  13. What a beautiful building! And the carvings on the chairs are amazing. Fantastic place and thank you for showing this to us xx

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  14. A really beautiful building! It must have seen a lot of history coming and going over the years. Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

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  15. OMG! I want to visit this place! Imagine 1540; we think it's old around here when it's from the 1800's. I so enjoyed all these lovely photos you shared of this special place. Have a great Sunday, Pat

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  16. This looks like a great place to visit, full of history and stories of people long gone. The carvings are so detailed in the woodwork in the guildhall. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Thank you for taking us on tour. Fascinating x

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