This Week a Contrast in Size and Style
The Church of Saint Laurence, Church Stretton, Shropshire
On the English Welsh border, an area known as The Marches, sheltering beneath the Shropshire Hills known as the Long Mynd are two quintessential English Villages.
The larger of the two is Church Stretton and the church of Saint Laurence is the Parish Church. Saint Laurence dates back to the 12 century but like many religious buildings there was probably an even earlier religious connection to the site.
As to Church Stretton itself, well you will find that all the older buildings are crammed in cheek by jowl with each other around the church. The early village soon expanded an expansion helped by both the importance of local agricultural interests and in Victorian times by the arrival of the railway and that new found recreation of Tourism.
Still in the shadow of Long Mynd and just about a mile further west is the very much smaller village ..aptly called Little Stretton.
All Saints Church, Little Stretton
Little Stretton consist of a string of houses along the main road and together with a few other outlying houses that is the extent of Little Stretton. If anything the village is more quintessential English, with many of the buildings being Black and White half timbered constructions with thatched roofs.
So maybe it is no surprise that All Saints is constructed in that style…what is a surprise for many is that this unique building only dates back to 1903.
Much smaller than its big sister down the road but no less attractive for that. Surrounded by open lawns, ornamental trees and flower beds it is certainly a contender for any “Chocolate Box Top”.
(C) David Oakes 2017