Craven Arms is a small town
and civil parish in Shropshire, England.
is surrounded to the north by the Shropshire Hills AONB, and to the south is the fortified manor house Stokesay Castle.
Arms is located on the A49 road and the
Welsh Marches railway line, which
connect it north and south to the larger towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow
respectively. The Heart of
Wales railway line joins the Welsh Marches line at Craven Arms
and the town has a small railway station.
Craven Arms is a market town
surrounding rural area, with a number of shops, banks, estate
agents, a supermarket, an abattoir
commercial/light industrial businesses. It is also a visitor
destination, being home or nearby to a number of attractions, and
being central for visitors to the area of outstanding natural
beauty. It describes itself as the "Gateway to the Marches
Craven Arms is a relatively new town (for Shropshire), being only a
small village "Newton" on a map of 1695. The settlement grew when
the railways came during the mid to late 19th Century.
is still the name for the southeastern part
of the present day town, while the northern part is called
or New Inn
small village which existed prior to the town). The town takes its
name from the Craven Arms Hotel, situated on the junction of the
A49 and B4368 roads, which in turn is named after the Lords Craven
(who owned nearby Stokesay
civil parish of Craven Arms was formed
from two older parishes — Stokesay and Halford. Small parts of the settlement overlap into
neighbouring Wistanstow and Sibdon Carwood parishes.
towns are Bishop's
Castle, Clun, Church
Stretton and Ludlow, of which
the latter is the most substantial.
Onny flows to the town's east and just over the river is
the small village of Halford. To the south is the small village of
Stokesay, whilst to the north is the village of Wistanstow.
Wenlock Edge is to the northeast of the town and runs in a
northeasterly direction, towards Much Wenlock.
Landmarks in the Craven Arms area include: the Shropshire Hills
Discovery Centre, a centre featuring exhibits about the county's
geography; and Stella Mitchell's Land of Lost Content Museum, a
collection of 20th century memorabilia, which has recently opened.
Castle is a fortified
manor house located near to Craven Arms.
has recently gone through a phase of expansion and this looks set
to continue with the (now abolished) South Shropshire District Council stating that they wished to see
the town become the district's second main market town (after Ludlow) by
Much of the recent housing development is on the west
side of the town, whilst commercial development is taking place
more on the northern end. Development potential towards the east is
restricted by the floodplain of the River Onny, whilst to the south
lies the historically important Stokesay Castle.
The town centre itself has seen some notable developments in recent
years, with new commercial buildings built on Dale Street by the
A49 road. Additionally, to the immediate south of the town centre
is the new Secret Hills Discovery Centre and some new
wrote On the Black
whilst staying at Cwm Hall near the town. The film
was filmed in
part near Stokesay.
- Writer's retreat on the black hill -