Gaskell Arms

“Medieval town’s venerable coaching inn”



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This inn was originally part of the Much Wenlock estate and its current name and heraldic shield refer to the Yorkshire Milnes-Gaskell family who acquired it in the mid-1800s. Bought by the Sheldon family 30 years ago, it continues to change with the times. The stabling has been turned into accommodation, and modifications have revealed the best of its architectural features. Ponder then, as you relax with a pint of Worcestershire Way, how many four-horse carriages were welcomed outside the bay windows before the railways came. For the hungry, the menu of classic pub dishes continues the tradition of seeing all-comers happily refreshed and on their way.

Gaskell Arms
High Street, MUCH WENLOCK, TF13 6AQ


About the area

Discover Shropshire

Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.

Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world. 

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