The River Corve is a minor river in Shropshire, England. It is a tributary of the River Teme which it joins in the town of Ludlow, which joins the River Severn at Powick near Worcester; the valley it flows through is known as the Corvedale, a term used as a general name for the area, a name used for example by the primary school in Diddlebury. It is sometimes spelled "Corf", its pronunciation, it flows near Corfton by Culmington through Stanton Lacy and through the northwest outskirts of Ludlow before joining the Teme in an area of meadows just outside the town. It gave its name to Corfham Castle, near Peaton. Corfham was the caput for two Saxon hundreds that encompassed the Corve Dale -- Culvestan, they were merged into a single hundred in the reign of Henry I, however Culvestan continued to be a name used to describe the lower Corve valley for at least a century afterwards. In 2006 as a result of pollution by slurry from a livestock farm in Brockton near Stanton Long, fish were found dead in the river.
During heavy flooding in 2007 when the river rose 1.6 metres in three hours, a house collapsed into the river and the Burway Bridge collapsed severing the connection of the B4361 Coronation Avenue, a major access route, with the town centre of Ludlow. A new, modern bridge designed by the Shrewsbury office of the consultants Mouchel on behalf of Shropshire County Council, built by McPhillips Ltd, was completed in 2008. A temporary Bailey bridge had been erected to reduce disruption in traffic flow during the construction.'Corvedale' is an electoral division for electing one member to Shropshire Council. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 3,783, it covers a large rural area, consisting of 13 civil parishes, encompassing more than that of the familiar Corvedale area.'Corve' is a parish ward for electing two members to Ludlow Town Council, covering the northwest part of the town. Corvedale Three Castles Walk Media related to River Corve at Wikimedia Commons
Little Stretton, Shropshire
Little Stretton is a village in Shropshire, England. It lies on the B5477 to the south of the town of Church Stretton. A milestone in the centre of the village on the B5477, called Ludlow Road at this point, indicates that Ludlow is 14 miles away, to the south; the centre of Church Stretton is 1.3 miles via the B5477. The River Ashes Hollow runs through the village and it is a popular place to begin walks up the Long Mynd; the village lies between 616 feet above sea level. The Ragleth Hill lies to the east of the village, on the other side of the Welsh Marches Line and A49. Little Stretton once had its own railway halt: Little Stretton Halt railway station. To the southwest are the hamlets of Minton and Hamperley, which are part of Church Stretton parish and are included within the parish ward of Little Stretton. Little Stretton was a civil parish itself, but the whole parish merged with that of Church Stretton and a large part of All Stretton, to form the modern day parish of Church Stretton, sometimes referred to as "Church Stretton and Little Stretton".
The village has a large Conservation Area. There are many Listed structures in the village. There isa 1bbl brewery in the village. There is a small church in the village, built in 1903 - "All Saints", it is a Church of England church and is one of three in the ecclesiastical parish of Church Stretton, along with the churches in All Stretton and Church Stretton. The parish is part of the Diocese of Hereford, it is a unusual church for its construction is timber with a thatched roof replacing the original corrugated iron roof.. As of 2012, there are 110 dwellings in the village. Little Stretton today has two public houses: the Green Dragon and the Ragleth Inn, both of which serve a wide range of local real ales. Half a mile to the north are the earthwork remains of the 12th century Brockhurst Castle, it is situated on private land with no public access. Novelist and short story writer Beatrice Harraden spent summer holidays lodging at the Green Dragon, inspiring her short story, At the Green Dragon.
Oliver Sandys, widow of Caradoc Evans and a novelist in her own right, lived at the Ancient House, across the road from the church, from the 1950s. A novel, Quaint Place was set in this area; the poet Peter Reading lived in the village. The horologist Charles Jendon was a well-known figure in the village for many years; the music critic Ephriam Monk, who championed the early work of Lionel Crill, who himself was a pioneer in the use of the theremin in classical music, lived in the village between 1952 and 1959. Monk was vilified by the traditional music cognoscenti for his promotion of the avant-garde. Listed buildings in Church Stretton Media related to Little Stretton, Shropshire at Wikimedia Commons
Marshbrook is a hamlet in Shropshire, England. It is sometimes spelt "Marsh Brook", the name of a small watercourse which flows through the area, it lies on the junction of the A49 and B4370, 3 miles to the south of the market town of Church Stretton. Three civil parishes come together in the hamlet: Church Stretton and Acton Scott; the hamlet lies at 163m above sea level at the southern end of the Stretton Gap. A Roman road passed through; the Welsh Marches Line runs through the hamlet and there was once a small station here. Marshbrook station was constructed in 1852 for the railway company comprising a stationmaster's house, waiting room and ticket office; the station is now a private house. A signal box and level crossing remain. Marshbrook Signal Box is the oldest operational signal box of its type surviving on the national railway network and was built by the London & North Western Railway in 1872, it was made a Grade II listed building in 2013, in order to save it from the planned removal of mechanical signalling on the line.
There is a public house in the hamlet, near to the railway line, called The Station Inn. A small industrial estate/business park exists on land adjacent to the railway and there are roadside businesses at the A49/B4370 junction. In 2010 a camping and outdoor activities centre opened at Marshbrook, with mountain bikes available for hire. One mile to the northwest is the hamlet of Minton and one mile to the east is the village of Acton Scott; the hamlets of Whittingslow and Cwm Head lie to the southwest along the B4370. Listed buildings in Acton Scott Listed buildings in Church Stretton Media related to Marshbrook at Wikimedia Commons
Strefford is a historic hamlet in Shropshire, England. It lies in the civil parish of Wistanstow and is situated just off the A49 road 2 miles north of the small town of Craven Arms; the nearest settlement is Upper Affcot, to the north on a hamlet which has a public house. Strefford is at an elevation of between 130 metres and 135m, just to the east is Strefford Wood, at the southern end of Wenlock Edge. Strefford was recorded in the Domesday Book as'Straford' and in 1255 as'Streford'; the name derives from its situation between the Roman road at Wistanstow and the ford to the east of the hamlet, which crosses the Byne or Quinny Brook. The Byne and Quinny Brooks meet just prior to the ford and only a mile after flow into the River Onny. There is a farm bed and breakfast at Strefford Hall. Strefford Conservation Area covers all the settlement, including the ford. There are five Listed buildings in the hamlet: Ford Cottage, Malt Cottage, The Cottage, the parish pumphouse, Strefford Cottages; the village lies within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation.
Listed buildings in Wistanstow
Long barrows known as chambered tombs, were a style of monument constructed across Western Europe in the fifth and fourth millennia BCE, during the Early Neolithic period. Constructed from earth and either timber or stone, those using the latter material represent the oldest widespread tradition of stone construction in the world; the long barrows consist of an earthen tumulus, or "barrow", sometimes with a timber or stone chamber in one end. These monuments contained human remains interred within their chambers, as a result, are interpreted as tombs, although there are some examples where this appears not to have happened; the choice of whether to use timber or stone may have had more to do with the availability of local materials than any cultural differences. The earliest examples developed in Iberia and western France during the mid-fifth millennium BCE; the tradition spread northwards, into the British Isles and the Low Countries and Southern Scandinavia. Each area developed its own regional variations of the long barrow tradition exhibiting their own architectural innovations.
The purpose and meaning of such barrows remains an issue of debate among archaeologists. One argument is that they are religious sites erected as part of a system of ancestor veneration or as a religion spread by missionaries or settlers. An alternative explanation views them in economic terms, as territorial markers delineating the areas controlled by different communities as they transitioned toward farming. Around 40,000 chambered long barrows survive today. Many have been excavated by archaeologists. Given their dispersal across Western Europe, long barrows have been given different names in the various different languages of this region; the term "barrow" is a southern English dialect word for an earthen tumulus, was adopted as a scholarly term for such monuments by the 17th century English antiquarian John Aubrey. Synonyms found in other parts of Britain included low in Cheshire and Derbyshire, tump in Gloucestershire and Hereford, howe in Northern England and Scotland, cairn in Scotland.
Another term to have achieved international usage has been "dolmen", a Breton word meaning "table-stone". The historian Ronald Hutton suggested that such sites could be termed "tomb-shrines" to reflect the fact that they appear to have been used both to house the remains of the dead and to have been used in ritualised activities; the decision as to whether a long barrow used wood or stone appears to have been based on the availability of resources. Some of the long barrows contained stone-lined chambers within them. Early 20th century archaeologists began to call these monuments chambered tombs; the archaeologists Roy and Lesley Adkins referred to these monuments as megalithic long barrows. In most cases, local stone was used; the style of the chamber falls into two categories. One form, known as grottes sepulchrales artificielles in French archaeology, are dug into the earth; the second form, more widespread, are known as cryptes dolmeniques in French archaeology and involved the chamber being erected above ground.
Many chambered long barrows contained side chambers within them producing a cruciform shape. Others had no such side alcoves; the term earthen long barrow was coined by the British archaeologist Stuart Piggott. These long barrows might have used timber; the construction of long barrows in the Early Neolithic would have required the co-operation of a number of different individuals and would have represented an important investment in time and resources. Many were restyled over their long period of use. Ascertaining at what date a chambered long barrow was constructed is difficult for archaeologists as a result of the various modifications that were made to the monument during the Early Neolithic. Both modifications and damage can make it difficult to determine the nature of the original long barrow design. Enviro-archaeological studies have demonstrated that many of the long barrows were erected in wooded landscapes. In Britain, these chambered long barrows are located on prominent hills and slopes, in particular being located above rivers and inlets and overlooking valleys.
In Britain, long barrows were often constructed near to causewayed enclosures, a form of earthen monument. Across Europe, about 40,000 long barrows are known to survive from the Early Neolithic, they are found across much of Western Europe. The long barrows are not the world's oldest known structures using stone—they are predated by Göbekli Tepe in modern Turkey—but they do represent the oldest widespread tradition of using stone in construction; the archaeologist Frances Lynch has described them as "the oldest built structures in Europe" to survive. Although found across this large area, they can be subdivided into clear regionalised traditions based on architectural differences. Excavation has revealed that some of the long barrows in the area of modern Spain and western France were erected in the mid-fifth millennium BCE, making these older than those long barrows further north. Although the general area in which the oldest long barrows were built is therefore known, archaeologists do not know where the tradition started nor which long barrows are the first ones to have been built.
It therefore appears that the architectural tradition developed in this southern area of Western Europe before spreading north
Wistanstow is a village and parish in Shropshire, England. Wistanstow is located 8 1⁄2 miles north of Ludlow, it is about 2 miles north of Craven Arms. It is just off the main Shrewsbury-Hereford road, the A49; the large parish, of 5,231 acres, includes a number of other small settlements: Woolston, Upper Affcot, Cwm Head, Strefford, Whittingslow and Cheney Longville, a population of 724 was recorded in the 2001 census, increasing to 812 at the 2011 Census. The River Onny flows through the parish, southwest of the village Leamoor Common and Wettles are to the north of the village; the main lane running through the village is a Roman road, which ran between the Roman settlements and forts at Leintwardine and Wroxeter. The village takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon saint Wigstan, the grandson of the King of Mercia, he was martyred at this location by his great‑uncle. His burial took place at his family crypt at the abbey of Rependon the Mercian capital, memorialized as St. Wystan upon his canonization.
The Saxon suffix stow means place. An uncle of W H Auden wrote the entry for Wistanstow in Little Guide to ShropshireThe present church building, Holy Trinity, was built between 1180 and 1200; the nave roof of 1630 is one the church's finest was re-gilded in the mid-1960s. The interior is graced by a number of early 19th century box pews and fine mid-20th-century wooden panelling behind the altar, it contains a war memorial plaque to local men who died serving in the World Wars and another to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Beddoes, lost when S. S. Chiosa hit a wartime mine off Sicily in January 1919. Wistanstow has a splendid mock Tudor village hall, given to the village in 1925 by a local landowner; this enormous "black‑and‑white" building included cottages for the district nurse and resident caretaker. The village has a small church primary school. At the other end of the village opposite Manor Farm is the Plough Inn. Just behind is a small independent real ale brewery, "Wood's". In 1984, both the Plough and the brewery were featured as the final destination on a Shropshire edition of Treasure Hunt, with Anneka Rice pulling herself a pint of real ale to complete the game.
“The Smithy” is the village’s community shop, opened by the actor Pete Postlethwaite OBE, a local parishioner in April 2000. Once the workplace of a local blacksmith and little more than the size of a shed, the shop stocks all the basics, with as much as possible sourced from local suppliers. Listed buildings in Wistanstow