Wem lies at the heart of North Shropshire, a perfect base for exploring in all directions. It is, as our friends across the water might describe it, "quaint".
Wem is filled with pretty Georgian buildings and delightful 'proper' small shops – like The Fruitful Deli and Kings (the sort of hardware shop that sells everything you can possibly imagine and many things you probably can’t).
These days it's a warm, welcoming town, where you’ll immediately feel at home; but it wasn’t always so. It was virtually demolished as a result of a battle in the Wars of the Roses, and during the Civil War, in 1643, the town saw off a band of 5000 Royalists under Lord Capel.
The defending force consisted of only 40 (male) Parliamentarians; but then the local women rallied round. The resulting battle is still celebrated in song:
The women of Wem and a few musketeers, Beat the Lord Capel and all his Cavaliers.
Wem is also the home to the modern sweet pea, the annual Sweet Pea Show is not to be missed, a riot of colour and scent, to delight the eye and tickle the nostril. Wem's annual carnival is also not be missed, with its day and night time procession lighting up the town – magic.
Judge George Jeffreys 1648-1689, Lord Chief Justice of England owned all the Estates around Wem, making Lowe Hall his country residence. known because of the punishment he handed out at the trials of the supporters of the Duke of Monmouth, in 1683 he was created 'Baron Jeffreys of Wem'.
However you decide to visit Wem, by car or mainline rail service, you’ll find it has much to offer – all served up with a taste of “lil ole England. Its coaching inns sell real ale and home-cooked meals. Old fashioned hospitality that ensures a warm welcome and friendly service.
Attractions in Wem
Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies is a unique place. Created in the 18th Century by the Hill family (Sir Rowland and his son Richard), Hawkstone became one of the greatest historic parklands in Europe.
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5UY
Accommodation in Wem
Three Cottages set in open countryside with far reaching scenic views offer accommodation for up to 18 guests (4/7/7) for Short Breaks, Weekly and Longer Stays.
Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3EA
Please visit our website at www.newtonmeadows.co.uk for special offers
There are four peaceful cottages on the Soulton Estate. Each of the cottages has an open fire, its own private garden and well-equipped fitted kitchen, but guests are very welcome to take their meals at Soulton Hall.
Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5RS
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.
Clive, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3LA
01204 407456/0114 266 5005
Short Breaks from £200. Please enquire for more details.
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Shops in Wem
Hawkstone Park Follies, Weston Under Redcastle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5JY
Wem Town Hall , 28-32 High St, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG
Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5UY
Food & Drink in Wem
Sixteen generations of the Ashton family have cherished this ancient Shropshire manor house, set in 500 acres of private country estate and woodland as John and Ann Ashton and family do today.
Soulton, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5RS