The Mary Webb Society

Church Stretton lies between the Long Mynd and The Stretton Hills: Ragleth Hill, Caer Caradoc and The Lawley. It is a small, attractive market town whose dramatic scenery has made it an ideal base for walking.

Mary Webb called Church Stretton, Shepwardine; she often changed place names in her work. Mary and Henry regularly walked in this beautiful landscape and spent their honeymoon in a cottage in Ashes Hollow called “Owlet’s Nest” Mary was able to recreate this atmosphere in her first novel, The Golden Arrow (1916). The Long Mynd becomes Wilderhope in the novel and is the home of the Arden family.

 

Long Mynd

The Long Mynd is an undulating plateau cut by steep-sided valleys known as batches or hollows. It is clothed by heather, whinberry and bracken and is the habitat of ravens, buzzards and kestrels. Most is common land owned by The National Trust.

 

St. Laurence’s Church

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Rectory Woods

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image courtesy of Gordon Dickins - The Rock to Long Myndimage courtesy of Gordon Dickins - Long Mynd to Church Stretton