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Corvedale Road Craven Arms Shropshire SY7 9NE

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat – 9:30am – 12:30pm

Craven Arms is a rural market town and parish situated among the South Shropshire countryside close to the Welsh borders and the Marches.

Craven Arms Landscape
Craven Arms and surrounding Area

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat – 9:30am – 12:30pm

Craven Arms is a rural market town and parish situated among the South Shropshire countryside close to the Welsh borders and the Marches.

Craven Arms Landscape
Craven Arms and surrounding Area

The town takes its name from the imposing Craven Arms Hotel found at its centre which was originally named after the Lords Craven who occupied Stokesay Castle just a short distance away. Known as The Gateway to the Marches, the settlement dates back to 11th Century and developed as railway lines were constructed leading it to become predominately a railway town with a thriving market industry. The Parish of Craven Arms brings together the surrounding village hamlets namely, Stokesay and Halford whilst also overlapping with Wistanstow.

Craven Arms Hotel
The Craven Arms Hotel and 'Sheep and Steam' statue, photograph courtesy of local photographer, Jean Macdonald

Meandering through the town, the River Onny flows from the East cutting through the countryside and leading to the South. The surrounding South Shropshire countryside offers masses of amenity having the beautiful Areas of Natural Beauty both to the East via the Corvedale and to the West via the Clun Valley, having farms, small holdings and a real sense of country living. The town connects a number of traditional rural villages offering further history and character to the surroundings, the most convenient of which are Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Clun, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth which are all within roughly half an hours travel or less.

Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle, photograph courtesy of local photographer, Jean Macdonald

The town has seen new development providing local amenities including a number of shops, banks, doctor’s surgery, a supermarket and many commercial/light industrial businesses. Craven Arms is located on the A49 road and the Welsh Marches railway line, which connect it to the North and South to the larger towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow respectively. The town is also a visitor destination being nearby to a number of attractions including the Secret Hills Discovery Centre, the famous Land of Lost Content Museum of Popular Culture, the fortified manor house Stokesay Castle and the picturesque Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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