Founded by the Romans, Whitchurch is a thriving market town and is the oldest continually inhabited community in Shropshire.
Whitchurch is ideally placed for exploring Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales and is only 2 miles east of the Welsh border.
Famous for its stunning countryside the town is a walker’s paradise with strolls along the Llangollen Canal or through the quaint country lanes – a must for locals and visitors alike. The weekly country market and monthly farmer’s market complement the wealth of local independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.
A visit to the local heritage centre will reveal treasures of the area’s rich heritage with Iron Age and Roman artefacts. Here you will also find out more about one of the town’s most famous names, JB Joyce, the oldest clock makers in the world, established in 1690. At The Orchards we have named one of our beautiful house types ‘The Joyce’ in recognition of the master craftsmen.
A walk around the town will present many stunning buildings including a fine Queen Anne Church – St Alkmund’s, where the heart of John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, is buried under the porch, his dying request. Shakespeare made him a principal character in “Henry VI”.
Despite a rich history, Whitchurch isn’t rooted in the past. It offers a great selection of high-street chain stores and smaller local shops and boutiques that attract people from a wide area. The local leisure centre offers a full range of sporting activities and there are two nearby golf courses where the likes of Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle learnt and honed their golfing skills and topped the leader boards.
As well as the flourishing high street, Whitchurch boasts a Community Hospital, good infants, junior and high schools, a Civic Centre with Community Hub, a swimming pool, large parklands and much more.
It’s a town that embraces its community and is the perfect location for couples and families.
Whether enjoying a walk with the family along one of town’s trails, or having a great night out after some retail therapy, The Orchards is the ideal place to buy your new Hollins Home.
Further afield – from Romans
With Chester and Shrewsbury only 20 miles away and Wrexham only 15 miles Whitchurch is ideally situated for commuters. Chester is world famous for its Roman walls and amphitheatre and it’s Tudor-style ‘Rows’ shopping district while Wrexham is the largest town in the north of Wales situated between the stunning Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley.
Whitchurch railway station is on the former London and North Western (later part of the LMS) line from Crewe down the English side of the Welsh border and you can be in the metropolitan hot spots of Manchester and Liverpool in just over an hour or in London in just over two hours. The town has its own arm of the Llangollen Canal and is even on the Lands End to John O’Groats cycle route.