Shropshire Photos by Hetty
2nd September 2021 afternoon 2.1 miles Map of walk
William Penny Brookes was the founder of the modern Olympic Games. He was born in 1809, studied in London, Italy and Paris, then took over his father’s medical practice in Much Wenlock. In 1841 he became a magistrate and also formed the Agricultural Reading Society, which held classes. He founded the Much Wenlock Olympian Society Games in 1850, which were open to any grade of man (no women). This lead to the National Olympian Association with games in different towns each year and inspired the modern Olympics.
Dr W P Brookes lived in this house.
Dr W P Brookes was involved in starting the railway here and this was the Railway Station.
Bastard Hall dates from the 1400s. The name comes from the owner of the previous house in the 1200s, Roger de Bastard.
This is the remains of a windmill built about 1600.
John’s cottage dates from the 1400s
The Guildhall 1577, with space for market underneath and council chambers and court above.
Back of Guildhall
Raynard’s Mansion, 1682
This was an inn, built in the 1600s, but more recently was a bank.
Squatters Cottage – built in a day