Searching for a new or pre loved static caravan in Worcestershire or Shropshire, Bank Farm Holiday Park is the perfect choice. We are beautifully positioned on the Worcestershire Shropshire border to explore the surrounding Wyre Forest and the Severn Valley. The counties of Shropshire and Worcestershire are amongst the most rural counties in England.
Bank Farm is the perfect holiday park to explore the bordering uplands of Wales and lowland of England, Shropshire has had an amazing history. This history is steeped in a wealth of archaeological sites, and in a fantastic collection of archives. The heritage of the Industrial Revolution is recognised in the two, much visited, world heritage sites that partly fall within Shropshire: The Ironbridge Gorge and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, along with The Flaxmill Maltings, the world’s first iron-framed building, paving the way for modern high rise buildings. Shropshire has the third largest number of listed buildings and registered parks and gardens in England, and over 100 conservation areas.
On the Shropshire side nearly 25% of the county around Bank farm is designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have 3 national nature reserves. Internationally important wetland sites, areas of conservation and many sites of significant scientific interest. Shropshire is criss-crossed with beautiful rights of way, many in walking distance of Bank Farm Static Caravan Park , many are amongst England’s finest, including paths such as the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, and national cycle routes – your challenge is to walk and ride them all.
Do visit the many museums and heritage attractions, including RAF Museum Cosford, Severn Valley Railway, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Ludlow Castle, Shrewsbury Castle, Attingham Park, Dudmaston Hall, Oswestry Hillfort, Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd.
Perhaps that’s something that makes it unique?
The county town of Shrewsbury is ancient – it’s full of wobbly Tudor buildings and tiny dark passages.You certainly learn how to create your own entertainment when the nearest city is an hour away..
Shrewsbury’s library is a converted public school and its railway station sits in the shadow of a castle that dates back to around 1050.
If you’re after a modern experience, you can travel to nearby Telford, a new town of office blocks and shopping malls that sits alongside the Ironbridge Gorge, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Shropshire is proud of having the world’s first skyscrape
The Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury was the first iron-framed building in the entire world, giving it the title ‘the grandfather of all skyscrapers’.
Built in 1796, this Grade I listed building is known locally as The Maltings after its later and better known use.
We remember endless school trips to Blists Hill
Basically, if the BBC wants a Victorian background, they come to Shropshire.
History is everywhere and Darwin rules all
You’d be forgiven for thinking that history only exists if it can be connected in some way to Charles Darwin, especially in Shrewsbury.
Born and brought up in the town, Darwin’s legacy permeates everything from the shopping centre that bears his name to Quantum Leap, the sculpture that commemorates the Shrewsbury’s most famous son.
Summer officially ends when the last firework falls at the Shrewsbury Flower Show
As the crowds make their way out of the Quarry at the end of the last day of the Flower Show in August, the most common thing you’ll overhear is ‘soon be Christmas!’
If you’ve been brought up in Shropshire, you’ll have an opinion on how to pronounce Shrewsbury – and other people will keep telling you you’re wrong.
Is it ‘Shrews-brie’ or ‘Shrowz-bury’?
Just to be awkward, I was born (and still live) here, and have always called it ‘Shoes-brie’.
Shropshire is full of art and culture
The standard of the local art scene might come as a surprise to some.
But no one knows where it is
My favourite one recently is, ‘Shropshire? Isn’t that just north of Reading?’
Well yes, technically it’s north of Reading, but then so is more than half of the UK.
We’re all used to saying ‘it’s between Birmingham and Wales, halfway up the Welsh border’ then giving up when faced with blank looks.
Childhood holidays were inevitably to Wales
Days out were to Barmouth (because it’s at the end of the main road to the coast), or Borth if your family were the adventurous types.
And Black Rock Sands for a week in the summer holidays.
If your parents decided you needed a bit of culture you probably went to Harlech Castle.
We live in Middle Earth
The Wrekin is one of Shropshire’s most recognisable landmarks.
Alongside the countryside around it, the hill is widely believed to have been an influence on Tolkien’s fictional landscape.
And everyone goes ‘all around the Wrekin’ from time to time
Nothing to do with the hill itself – rather, it’s a colloquialism describing a complicated journey or a convoluted story.
‘Did Aunty Jane tell you what happened?’ ‘Aye, but she went all round the Wrekin to get there!’
Find our more about Shropshire here.
Worcester was initially founded by the Roman Empire during the 1st Century, and it stood between the route from the Roman cities of Wroxeter and Gloucester. Its position as a trade route soon made it a flourishing town, as the local craftsmen and farmers were able to make a fortune from the constant trade traffic.
However, with the decline of the Roman Empire during the middle of the 5th century, the town lost most of its initial luster, even though it did not completely perish; and it would take the arrival of a new type of settler to revive the once illustrious town from the ashes of its decline.
The Saxon Revival
After the exodus of the Romans from the town we now know as Worcester, very little activity would come to this area for a few years. However by the middle of the 7th Century, Saxon settlers had found refuge by a ford in the River Severn.
The Saxons named their settlement after the river where they had settled, and they called it ‘Weorgoran Ceaster’; Weogoran meaning ‘People of the winding river’, and ‘Ceaster’ meaning a settlement, so in essence the name roughly translated to: ‘Town of the people of the winding river’.
Worcester finally became a flourishing town when it was given a bishop and a cathedral later in the 7th century. This elevation by the church was a significant boost to the town, as only favored towns ever got a cathedral along with a bishop.
Worcester Through the Ages
Medieval Worcester became a prosperous market town, and in the 13th century the town held a market fair every year, with traders from neighboring villages being encouraged to participate and partake in the buying and selling. It was so successful that by the 16th century there were four fairs every year.
Worcester had a leather and wool industry that thrived during the middle ages. This was also accompanied with its abundance of skilled craftsmen, like shoemakers, saddlers, and glovers who were able to create exportable materials from the raw materials.
During this period all men were mandated to practice archery on Sundays as the town of Worcester became an increasingly strategic position for the King, and it became fortified with a castle. The town was then given permission to elect representatives who will be tasked with running the town. These representatives were to be known as bailiffs.
Worcester was the last stronghold of King Charles before the parliamentary army laid siege to him and executed him during the English civil war. His son also partook in a battle at Worcester but was lucky to survive.
Over the years, Worcester has grown, stumbled, fallen, and revived. It is more prosperous than it was before. The city of Worcester had passed through the Black Death, along with a debilitating outbreak of cholera, but still managed to remain strong as a town, and stay relevant up until today. If history is anything to go by, one would say the best of Worcester is still yet to come.
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