Our Town ‘On The Farm’

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The path to Bradley Farm

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Walk out of Much Wenlock in any direction and you will almost instantly find yourself amongst crop fields or pasture. Our town is quite literally ‘on the farm’. The field name behind our house on Sheinton Street says it all: Townsend Meadow. In the nineteenth century it really did mark the town’s end. I also remember when there was still a working farm, Brook House Farm, in the town centre, one of the last of its kind. These days the farmyard buildings have been barn-converted and gentrified. I recall glancing through a newly installed window in the roadside barn and seeing a small grand piano standing where once winter-housed cattle huffed in their straw filled stalls. Odd to say, but when the farm went, it seemed the town had lost its heart.

Brook House Farm 17th century last town farm

after the harvest

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There are also small fields within the town boundary. Our scenic route to the shops features the path beside the Cutlins, the meadow where various members of the Highland Cattle clan, aka the MacMoos, are often installed.  And then, when you reach the kissing gate at the bottom of the path, and after all decide not to go shopping, you can turn up the lane by the Priory ruins and be eyed up by sheep in the Priory Park. Baaaaah!

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: anything farm related

40 thoughts on “Our Town ‘On The Farm’

  1. oh these are lovely . . . .and I know what you mean about gentrified barns and farm buildings. Lovely to live in I am sure, but does take something away from a place, and apparently also have a dramatic impact on Barn Owls 😦

      1. Am astonished that it’s taken so long for someone to think of this, especially as planning regs have been accommodating bat requirements for ages.

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