The Victoria History of Shropshire: Wem

Judith Ann Everard and James Bowen

The Victoria History of Shropshire: Wem

Judith Ann Everard and James Bowen

Distributed for University of London Press

178 pages | 7 x 10
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781912702084 Published January 2020
This charming book provides a detailed history of the township of Wem, which lies on the North Shropshire Plain, about nine miles north of Shrewsbury. The center of a much larger medieval manor and parish, the township consists of the small market town and its immediate rural hinterland.

Although Anglo-Saxon settlements existed in the area, the town first developed from a Norman foundation, with a castle, parish church, market, and water mill. Wem developed as a local center of government and trade in agricultural produce, especially cheese. However, the great fire of 1677 destroyed most of the medieval buildings in the town center, leading to its predominantly Georgian and Victorian appearance today. While the recent decline in agricultural employment in small market towns like Wem has presented a challenge, the advantage and convenience of the railway station allows residents who work elsewhere to choose the town as a place to live. This volume is one of the first texts to document the history and appeal of this unique market town.
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