Church Stretton is a small town in Shropshire, England, 13 miles south of Shrewsbury and 15 miles north of Ludlow. The population in 2011 was 4,671; the town was nicknamed Little Switzerland in the late-Victorian and Edwardian period because of its landscape and became a health resort. The local geology includes some of the oldest rocks in England and a notable fault is named after the town. Today, Church Stretton is a busy market town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. People have lived in the Stretton Gap for thousands of years; the name "Stretton" is derived from the Old English words stræt meaning "Roman road" and tun meaning "settlement". Today the modern A49 road, constructed on its current alignment through the Stretton Gap in the late 1930s, runs along a similar course to the Roman Road; the Roman road was known as Botte Street. The settlements of Little Stretton, Church Stretton and All Stretton formed the manor of Stretton or Stretton-en-le-Dale; the Domesday Book of 1086 recorded a mill in the manor.
Church Stretton became the largest of the settlements, with the manor's parish church and market located there, being where Bristol Road had a junction with the road to Much Wenlock and the Burway - a route over the Long Mynd. At the time of the Domesday Book, the manor came under the hundred of Culvestan, a Saxon hundred, amalgamated during the reign of Henry I — the Strettons came within the upper division of the hundred of Munslow; the town was first granted a market charter by King John in 1214, for a weekly market on Wednesdays, but by 1253 the market day had changed to Tuesdays. In 1337 a new charter was granted by Edward III and it authorised a weekly market to be held on Thursdays; the market is still held every Thursday, in the square on the High Street, the town's market place since the 13th century. Much of the town was destroyed by fire in 1593 and many of the present half timbered buildings in the town centre date from the time of the rebuilding; the High Street was for many centuries known instead as the Bristol Road, being the road from Shrewsbury to Bristol.
It was once a much wider street within the town, with the churchyard of St Laurence bordering directly onto the street. Over time buildings were erected on the street, in a similar fashion to other English market towns, such as in Ludlow; the High Street, a narrow street, is only the eastern side of the original Bristol Road thoroughfare through the town. It was made more open. During the 18th century, Church Stretton began to develop as a spa town, attracting those who sought to escape the new urbanisation and industrialism of Britain; the town was known for its textiles, using the abundant local wool, a notable location for this industry was Carding Mill Valley. The carding mill there was built in the 18th century, named after a stage in making cloth, the three stages being carding and weaving. Carding would have been done by children, involved using a hand-card that removed and untangled short fibres from the mass of raw material; the cards were wooden blocks with handles and covered in metal spikes, which were angled and set in leather.
When untangled, the material would be spun, woven into the final product. The carding mill closed and was demolished at the beginning of the 20th century, though the adjacent factory building remains in the valley today; the valley it is in took the name "Carding Mill Valley", is now a tourist attraction and well-known starting location for walkers. It is owned by the National Trust; the mill building itself has been converted into flats and a number of other private houses exist near it and the visitor centre, forming a small settlement in the valley. Vehicles have to drive up from Shrewsbury Road, to access the valley. Cars may drive as far as the car park situated about a mile up the valley; this car park was at one time an open-air swimming pool. A sign indicating water depth still stands in its original position. Church Stretton was nicknamed "Little Switzerland" in late-Victorian and Edwardian times, because of its surroundings and the way many houses hug the hillside. Church Stretton railway station opened on 20 April 1852 as part of the newly created Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway.
It was situated to the north of Sandford Avenue and the old station building still remains, but is no longer in railway use. Sandford Avenue had been for centuries called Lake Lane and became Station Road with the arrival of the railway in the town, before becoming Sandford Avenue in 1884. In 1914 the railway station was moved just to the south of the Sandford Avenue road bridge, where it continues to the present day. New railway station buildings were erected, but these were demolished in 1970, the station having become unstaffed in 1967. Local property developer Ralph Beaumont Benson, who lived at Lutwyche Hall in nearby Easthope, is responsible for the naming of Easthope Road, Essex Road, Beaumont Road and Lutwyche Road, all in the centre of the town and part of the town's expansion in
Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency of the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain. Since 1 April 2015 part of Ordnance Survey has operated as Ordnance Survey Ltd, a government-owned company, 100% in public ownership; the Ordnance Survey Board remains accountable to the Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy. It is a member of the Public Data Group; the agency's name indicates its original military purpose, to map Scotland in the wake of the Jacobite rising of 1745. There was a more general and nationwide need in light of the potential threat of invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. Ordnance Survey mapping is classified as either "large-scale" or "small-scale"; the Survey's large-scale mapping comprises 1:2,500 maps for 1:10,000 more generally. These large scale maps are used in professional land-use contexts and were available as sheets until the 1980s, when they were digitised. Small-scale mapping for leisure use includes the 1:25,000 "Explorer" series, the 1:50,000 "Landranger" series and the 1:250,000 road maps.
These are still available in traditional sheet form. Ordnance Survey maps remain in copyright for fifty years after their publication; some of the Copyright Libraries hold complete or near-complete collections of pre-digital OS mapping. The origins of the Ordnance Survey lie in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745, defeated by forces loyal to the government at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Prince William, Duke of Cumberland realised that the British Army did not have a good map of the Scottish Highlands to locate Jacobite dissenters such as Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat so that they could be put on trial. In 1747, Lieutenant-Colonel David Watson proposed the compilation of a map of the Highlands to help to subjugate the clans. In response, King George II charged Watson with making a military survey of the Highlands under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. Among Watson's assistants were William Roy, Paul Sandby and John Manson; the survey was produced at a scale of 1 inch to 1000 yards and included "the Duke of Cumberland's Map", now held in the British Library.
Roy had an illustrious career in the Royal Engineers, rising to the rank of General, he was responsible for the British share of the work in determining the relative positions of the French and British royal observatories. This work was the starting point of the Principal Triangulation of Great Britain, led to the creation of the Ordnance Survey itself. Roy's technical skills and leadership set the high standard. Work was begun in earnest in 1790 under Roy's supervision, when the Board of Ordnance began a national military survey starting with the south coast of England. Roy's birthplace near Carluke in South Lanarkshire is today marked by a memorial in the form of a large OS trig point. By 1791 the Board received the newer Ramsden theodolite, work began on mapping southern Great Britain using a five-mile baseline on Hounslow Heath that Roy himself had measured. In 1991 Royal Mail marked the bicentenary by issuing a set of postage stamps featuring maps of the Kentish village of Hamstreet. In 1801 the first one-inch-to-the-mile map was published, detailing the county of Kent, with Essex following shortly afterwards.
The Kent map was published and stopped at the county border, while the Essex maps were published by Ordnance Survey and ignore the county border, setting the trend for future Ordnance Survey maps. In the next 20 years about a third of England and Wales was mapped at the same scale under the direction of William Mudge, as other military matters took precedence, it took until 1823 to re-establish a relationship with the French survey made by Roy in 1787. By 1810 one inch to the mile maps of most of the south of England were completed, but they were withdrawn from sale between 1811 and 1816 because of security fears. By 1840 the one-inch survey had covered all of Wales and all but the six northernmost counties of England, it was hard work: Major Thomas Colby, the longest-serving Director General of Ordnance Survey, walked 586 miles in 22 days on a reconnaissance in 1819. In 1824, Colby and most of his staff moved to Ireland to work on a six-inches-to-the-mile valuation survey; the survey of Ireland, county by county, was completed in 1846.
The suspicions and tensions it caused in rural Ireland are the subject of Brian Friel's play Translations. Colby was not only involved in the design of specialist measuring equipment, he established a systematic collection of place names, reorganised the map-making process to produce clear, accurate plans. Place names were recorded in "Name Books", a system first used in Ireland; the instructions for their use were: The persons employed on the survey are to endeavour to obtain the correct orthography of the names of places by diligently consulting the best authorities within their reach. The name of each place is to be inserted as it is spelt, in the first column of the name book and the various modes of spelling it used in books, writings &c. are to be inserted in the second column, with the authority placed in the third column opposite to each. Whilst these procedures produced excellent results, mistakes were made: for instance, the Pilgrims Way in the North Downs labelled the wrong route
Emergency medical services in the United Kingdom
Emergency medical services in the United Kingdom provide emergency care to people with acute illness or injury and are predominantly provided free at the point of use by the four National Health Services of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Emergency care including ambulance and emergency department treatment is free to everyone, regardless of immigration or visitor status; the NHS commissions most emergency medical services through the 14 NHS organisations with ambulance responsibility across the UK. As with other emergency services, the public access emergency medical services through one of the valid emergency telephone numbers. In addition to ambulance services provided by NHS organisations, there are some private and volunteer emergency medical services arrangements in place in the UK, the use of private or volunteer ambulances at public events or large private sites, as part of community provision of services such as community first responders. Air ambulance services in the UK are not part of the NHS and are funded through charitable donations.
Paramedics are seconded from a local NHS ambulance service, with the exception of Great North Air Ambulance Service who employ their own paramedics. Doctors are provided by their home hospital and spend no more than 40% of their time with an air ambulance service. Public ambulance services across the UK are required by law to respond to four types of requests for care, which are: Emergency calls Doctor's urgent admission requests High dependency and urgent inter-hospital transfers Major incidentsAmbulance trusts and services may undertake non-urgent patient transport services on a commercial arrangement with their local hospital trusts or health boards, or in some cases on directly funded government contracts, although these contracts are fulfilled by private and voluntary providers; the National Health Service Act 1946 gave county and borough councils a statutory responsibility to provide an emergency ambulance service, although they could contract a voluntary ambulance service to provide this, with many contracting the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance or another local provider.
The last St John Division, to be so contracted is reputed to have been at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire, where the two-bay ambulance garage can still be seen at the branch headquarters. The Regional Ambulance Officers’ Committee reported in 1979 that “There was considerable local variation in the quality of the service provided in relation to vehicles and equipment. Most Services were administered by Local Authorities through their Medical Officer of Health and his Ambulance Officer, a few were under the aegis of the Fire Service, whilst others relied upon agency methods for the provision of part or all of their services.” The 142 existing ambulance services were transferred by the National Health Service Reorganisation Act 1973 from local authority to central government control in 1974, consolidated into 53 services under regional or area health authorities. This led to the formation of predominantly county based ambulance services, which merged up and changed responsibilities until 2006, when there were 31 NHS ambulance trusts in England.
The June 2005 report "Taking healthcare to the Patient", authored by Peter Bradley, Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service, for the Department of Health led to the merging of the 31 trusts into 13 organisations in England, plus one organisation each in Wales and Northern Ireland. Following further changes as part of the NHS foundation trust pathway, this has further reduced to 10 ambulance service trusts in England, plus the Isle of Wight which has its own provision. Following the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, commissioning of the ambulance services in each area passed from central government control into the hands of regional clinical commissioning groups; the commissioners in each region are responsible for contracting with a suitable organisation to provide ambulance services within their geographical territory. The primary provider for each area is held by a public NHS body, of which there are 11 in England, 1 each in the other three countries. In England there are now ten NHS ambulance trusts, as well as an ambulance service on the Isle of Wight, run directly by Isle of Wight NHS Trust, with boundaries following those of the former regional government offices.
The ten trusts are: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust London Ambulance Service NHS Trust North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS TrustThe English ambulance trusts are represented by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, with the Scottish and Northern Irish providers all associate members. On the 14 November 2018 West Midlands Ambulance Service became the UK's first university-ambulance trust; the service was operated before reorganisation in 1974 by the St Andrews’ Ambulance Association under contract to the Secretary of State for Scotland. The Scottish Ambulance Service is a Special Health Board that provides ambulance services throughout whole of Scotland, on behalf of the Health and Social Care Directorates of the Scottish Government.
Due to the remote nature of many areas of Scotland compared to the other Home Nations, the Scottish Ambulance Service has Britain's only publi
Shifnal is a market town and civil parish in Shropshire, about 3 miles east of Telford. It is near the M54 motorway. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 6,391. With a large number of on-going housing developments this is expected to pass 10,000 by 2020. In late 2018 plans for a second, far larger expansion of Shifnal, were revealed by Shropshire County Council; the proposals, which caused considerable local controversy and led to a public meeting, included up to another 1,500 homes, 40 hectares of employment land and a bypass south of the town by 2036. Large areas of farmland would be needed for the development; the town once known as "Idsall", most began as an Anglian settlement, established by the end of the 7th century. Shifnal is thought to be the place named "Scuffanhalch" in a 9th-century charter, as a possession of the monastery at Medeshamstede. Though this seems a dubious claim, the ancient charter is in fact a 12th-century forgery, the full picture is more complex. Sir Frank Stenton considered that "Scuffanhalch", along with "Costesford" and "Stretford", formed part of a list of places which had once been connected with Medeshamstede.
The first part of the name "Shifnal" is reckoned to be a personal name, "Scuffa", while the second part, from "halh", means a valley, thus describing the town's topography. Unusually, the name of the town has alternated through the centuries between Shifnal. Idsall is mentioned in a 9th-century charter as "Iddeshale", meaning corner. A nook is said to be an area of land of 20 acres, it is conjectured that the two names of Idsall and Shifnal were names of settlements on the east and west sides of Wesley Brook, a brook which runs through the town, is a tributary of the River Worfe. In the 19th century, J. C. Anderson, in his Shropshire its Early History and Antiquities, wrote that Idsall means "Hall of Ide", that Shifnal is "Hall of Sceafa". A Key to English Place-names has an entry for Shifnal that reads'*Scuffa's nook of land', it was known as Iddeshale,'*Idi's nook of land'. The oldest part of the town is said to be the area around St Andrew's Church, Church Street and Innage Road where excavations have turned up evidence of ancient buildings.
The village, as it would have been in 1086, is recorded in the Domesday Book within the hundred of Alnodestreu. The initial part of the entry states: Robert, son of Theobald, holds of Earl Roger Iteshale. Earl Morcar held it." This entry records that possession was lost by the Saxon Earl Morcar when he rebelled against the Norman conquerors. The church of St Andrew has a Norman chancel and was certainly built on the site of an earlier church, it was a collegiate church or minster with a chapter of priests ministering to the needs of congregations in outlying settlements. St Andrew's lost its collegiate status. 1087. In 1245 Walter de Dunstanville, the Crusader and lord of the manor, applied to King Henry III for, was granted, a market charter for the town. Walter laid out a broad market street, Broadway, Bradford Street, Market Place and Park Street for the markets; this area to the east of the stream was known as Shifnal and this name superseded Idsall as the town's name. Shifnal had something of an early industrial revolution during the late 16th century with the construction of a charcoal fired blast furnace near to the Manor House.
A fire swept through the town on 7 July 1591. The fire is thought to have been started by a maidservant's candle that accidentally set fire to some hanging flax; the fire devastated many, if not all, of the buildings east of the brook now known as Wesley Brook. The church and the timber-framed Old Idsall House at its foot to the east, are said to be the only two buildings to have survived the fire that destroyed the rest of the settlement; this is now commemorated by a blue plaque fixed to the wall of the house. After the fire, Elizabeth I sent money to help rebuild the town. A wall memorial tablet inside St Andrew's Church is for Mary Yates – known locally as Nanny Murphy - who walked to London as a teenager just after the Great Fire in 1666, married her third husband Joseph Yates when she was over 90, and she died at the age of 127. There is a Nanny Murphy Lane just to the north of Shifnal; the same stone memorial tablet records that William Wakely was baptised on 1 May 1590 and was buried on 28 November 1714, after living through the reigns of eight kings and queens.
The best example of Shropshire Scroll – a 16th-century style of swirling wall painting unique to the county - was uncovered in 2010 by renovators in a Grade II listed property on Broadway. The 2m by 2.5m work, on display at what is now the Black Orchid hair salon, had been hidden behind a wall for more than a century. Thomas Beddoes, a well-known physician, was born in 1760 at Balcony House, named for a room projecting above the roof line, on the east side of Market Place; this building became the Star Hotel. Aston Hall, built about 1720 at the east side of the town, was home to tobacco plantation and slave owners - George Austin and John Moultrie – the latter rising to acting governor of East Florida. Austin was born in the town in 1710, the son of a mercer and went to South Carolina where he became involved in developing tobacco plantations, one of which he named Shifnal, 1,4
Bridgnorth is a town in Shropshire, England. The Severn Valley splits it into a High Town and Low Town, the upper town on the right bank and the lower on the left bank of the River Severn; the population at the 2011 Census was 12,079. Bridgnorth is named after a bridge over the River Severn, built further north than an earlier bridge at Quatford; the earliest historical reference to the town is in 895, when it is recorded that the Danes created a camp at Cwatbridge. Earliest names for Bridgnorth include Brigge and Bruges, all referring to its position on the Severn. After the Norman conquest, William I granted the manor of Bridgnorth to Roger de Montgomerie; the town itself was not created until 1101, when Robert of Bellême, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury, the son of Roger de Montgomerie, moved from Quatford, constructing a castle and a church on the site of the modern-day town. The town became a royal borough on Robert Bellême's attainder in 1102; the castle's purpose was to defend against attacks from Wales.
The town was attacked and burnt by Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March during the Despenser War in 1322. Bridgnorth's town walls were constructed in timber between 1216 and 1223. By the 16th century, the antiquarian John Leland reported them in ruins and of the five gates, only one survives today, it is probable that Henry I granted the burgesses certain privileges, for Henry II confirmed to them all the franchises and customs which they had had in the time of Henry I. King John in 1215 granted them freedom from toll throughout England except the city of London, in 1227 Henry III conferred several new rights and liberties, among which were a gild merchant with a hanse; these early charters were confirmed by several succeeding kings, Henry VI granting in addition Assize of Bread and Ale and other privileges. The burgesses were additionally granted two fairs: a yearly fair on the feast of the Translation of St Leonard and the three following days was granted in 1359, in 1630 Charles I granted them licence to hold another fair on the Thursday before the first week in Lent and two following days.
The burgesses returned two members to parliament in 1295, continued to do so until 1867, when they were assigned only one member. The town was disfranchised in 1885. During the Civil War, Bridgnorth was one of the Midlands' main royalist strongholds, in 1642 many royalist troops were garrisoned there. In 1646, Cromwell's Roundheads arrived with orders to take Bridgnorth for the Parliamentarians from the garrison led by Sir Robert Howard. After a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished. More than 255 men from the Bridgnorth area volunteered in the first months of the First World War, their names were published in the Bridgnorth Journal on 26 December 1914 and several of those killed in action are remembered on the war memorial in the castle grounds. Until 1961 the Royal Air Force's initial recruit training unit was at RAF Bridgnorth, a station opened in 1939. During the Second World War, two women were killed in a German air raid in August 1940 when bombs hit neighbouring houses in High Town.
In 2005, unverified German papers dating from 1941 were found, outlining new details about Operation Sea Lion, the military plans of Nazi Germany for an invasion of Britain. Two quiet Shropshire towns were mentioned in the documentation: Bridgnorth; some experts believe that it was Hitler's intention to make Bridgnorth his personal headquarters in Britain, due to its central position in the UK, rural location, rail connections and now-disused airfield. In 1978, Bridgnorth twinned itself with the French town of Thiers, in 1992 it twinned with the Bavarian town of Schrobenhausen, Germany that had twinned with Thiers a few years earlier. On 21 August 2003 Bridgnorth was granted Fairtrade Town status. Bridgnorth is home to a funicular railway that links the high and low towns, the Castle Hill Railway, the steepest and only inland railway of its type in England. Additionally, within the High Town is Bridgnorth railway station on the Severn Valley Railway, which runs southwards to Kidderminster; the ruins of Bridgnorth Castle, built in 1101, are present in the town.
Due to damage caused during the English Civil War, the castle is inclined at an angle of 15 degrees. High Town is dominated by two Church of England churches. Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth, a church built in the classic style of the late 18th century, was designed by Thomas Telford. St. Leonard's was collegiate, Bridgnorth was a Royal Peculiar until 1856, it was subsequently rebuilt but is no longer used for regular worship. It is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Bishop Percy's House on the Cartway was built in 1580 by Richard Forster and has been a Grade 1 listed building since 18 July 1949, it was one of the few properties of its type to survive the great fire of Bridgnorth in April 1646, was the birthplace of Thomas Percy, author of ‘Reliques of Ancient English Poetry’. Other notable buildings in the town are the 17th century Bridgnorth Town Hall, a half-timbered building, a surviving town gate the Northgate which houses the museum. Daniel's Mill, a well known watermill is situated a short distance along the River Severn from Bridgnorth.
There are a number of Primary Schools in Bridgnorth, including: Castlefields County Primary School, two Church of England schools, St Mary's and St Leonard's.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
The Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin, in the West Midlands region of England. Shropshire's Fire and Rescue Service is provided by 512 full-time and retained firefighters based at 23 fire stations around the county, they deploy 46 operational vehicles and a number of specialist appliances. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is governed by elected Council representatives from Shropshire's two unitary councils, Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council, together these representatives make up the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, chaired by an elected Ccuncillor, the current Chair is Councillor Eric Carter. Day to day operational control of the service is vested in Rod Hammerton. Within the organisation the CFO has full responsibility for the service and manages Finance and Resources; the remainder of executive duties fall to the senior management team, consisting of: Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Johnson, who responsible for Community Safety, Service Delivery and Operations Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Myers, responsible for Human Resources, Development, Performance Review and Risk and Communications Technology and Chaplaincy Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is one of the highest performing UK fire services, achieving high marks in external audits carried out by the Audit Commission.
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Market Drayton is a market town and electoral ward in north Shropshire, close to the Welsh and Staffordshire borders. It is on the River Tern, between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent, was known as "Drayton in Hales" and earlier as "Drayton". Market Drayton is on the Shropshire Union Canal and on Regional Cycle Route 75; the A53 road by-passes the town. The counties of Staffordshire and Cheshire are both close by. In 1245 King Henry III granted a charter for a weekly Wednesday market, giving the town its current name; the market is still held every Wednesday. Ancient local sites include Blore Heath and several Neolithic standing stones. "The Devil's Ring and Finger" is a notable site 3 miles from the town at Mucklestone. These are across the county boundary in neighbouring Staffordshire; the Old Grammar School, in St. Mary's Hall, directly to the east of the church, was founded in 1555 by Rowland Hill, the first Protestant Mayor of London. Former pupils include Robert Clive, a school desk with the initials "RC" may still be seen in the town.
The great fire of Drayton destroyed 70% of the town in 1651. It was started at a bakery, spread through the timber buildings; the buttercross in the centre of the town still has a bell at the top for people to ring if there was another fire. Other notable landmarks in the area include: Pell Wall Hall, Adderley Hall, Buntingsdale Hall, Salisbury Hill, Tyrley Locks on the Shropshire Union Canal and the Thomas Telford designed aqueduct. Fordhall Farm has 140 acres of community-owned organic farmland located off the A53 between the Müller and Tern Hill roundabouts; the farm trail is open to the public during farm shop opening hours, on the path is the site of Fordhall Castle, an ancient motte and bailey structure which overlooks the River Tern valley. To the south-east near the A529 an 18th-century farmhouse stands on the site of Tyrley Castle, built soon after 1066 and rebuilt in stone in the 13th century. Nantwich & Market Drayton Railway Society - Meeting in Market Drayton. Details http://www.the-gingerbread-line.co.uk/ In 1965, sausage maker Palethorpe's built a new factory employing 400 people in the town.
Purchased by Northern Foods in 1990, the company was merged with Bowyers of Trowbridge and Pork Farms of Nottingham to form Pork Farms Bowyers. The sausage brand was sold in 2001 to Kerry Group, but the factory remains open to this day as the town's largest employer, it produces various meat based and chilled food products, under both the Pork Farms brand and for third parties, including Asda. Müller Dairy have a factory making yogurts; the town is the home of Tern Press, a respected and collectible small press publisher of poetry. Image on Food makes local gingerbread. Recent developments in the local service industry include the retailers Argos, Wilko and B & M which have all brought new employment to the town, it is considered to be the "Home of Gingerbread". Supplied by a pure water source running under the town, two breweries operated in the town during the early 20th century. In 2000, Steve Nuttall started a microbrewery, Joule's Brewery Ltd, a revival of a previous Joule's Brewery at Stone, Staffordshire, discontinued in 1974.
The new company bought the 16th century Red Lion, a pub that belonged to the earlier company, where the brewery was built, completed in 2010. It produces three core ales on the site as well as a number of seasonal beers. Market Drayton has four schools: Longlands Primary School Market Drayton Infant School Market Drayton Junior School Grove School and sixth form collegeGrove School is a large secondary school of about 1,100 pupils, all of whom live within 12 miles of the town; the town has a active arts and culture scene organised through Drayton Festival Centre. This centre is run by volunteers. Over 30 years it has expanded and now includes a cinema and theatre, an art gallery and a range of meeting rooms, it hosts a wide range of events and has been the recipient of many awards. The Drayton Arts Festival is held every year in October. Market Drayton Town F. C. play on Greenfields Sports Ground in Market Drayton. Market Drayton Tennis Club is based at Greenfields and has three all weather floodlit courts.
Arriva provides a local bus service to Shrewsbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hanley. Beginning on 7 September 2012 Bennett's Travel Cranberry Ltd run an evening service 164 to Hanley on Fridays and Saturdays with a day service to Newcastle under Lyme on Sunday. Arriva used to provide services 341/342 to Wellington from Monday to Saturday, but this was stopped in August 2016, due to the council withdrawing funds. Shropshire Council run a number of bus services under the'ShropshireLink' brand in addition to the 301 and 302 Market Drayton Town Services. Market Drayton had a railway station which opened in 1863 and closed during the Beeching cuts in 1963; the railway station was located on the Nantwich to Wellington line of the Great Western Railway network and was the terminus of the Newcastle-under-Lyme line of the North Staffordshire Railway network. Market Drayton was struck by an F1/T3 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day; the town has five churches The largest is St. Mary's Anglican parish church which dates from 1150 although it was rebuilt in 1881-1889.
There is the RC Church of St. Thomas and St. Stephen which dates from 1886. There is a Methodist church, an Orthodox church and a church which meets in the community cen