CELOBURY MORTIMER &
Cleobury Mortimer is a small rural market town with a population of (according to the 2001 census) 1,962, Although sometimes referred to as a village, it is infact the second smallest town in Shropshire (next to Clun).
Cleobury has a significant entry in the Dooms Day Book and is the site of at least two castles. Cleobury Castle was destroyed in 1155 and only ruins remain today. In the 16th Century, Cleobury Mortimer was central in the industrialisation of Shropshire exploited for it's highly regarded Iron Ore. However, poor transport connections led to the closure of Cleobury's two furnaces and two water powered forge mills in the early 19th Century and so the town reverted to being an agricultural settlement. A large water powered paper mill survived on the River Rea until the end of the 19th Century.
By 1900 the town was an important civic centre with a railway station, union workhouse, Magistrates' Court, police station, agricultural college, infants' school and primary school.
There are a number of landmarks in the town, the most famous of which is St. Mary's church (dating back to the 12th Century), renowned for its crooked spire.
LOCAL AREA & ATTRACTIONS
There are ample opportunities to eat out or takeaway in the town, including Indian, Chinese, Tai, fish and chips and good ol' pub grub served at many of the eight public houses. We personally recommend the local indian - the Spice Empire - as it offers some of the best food around!
There are a whole manor of things to do and places to see in and around the immediate vacinity. Below is a list of some of the most popular. Please click the links to find out more:
For information about other attractions and things to do in and around the local area, please visit the virtual Shropshire website.