Marion Brettle - The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock

Cover of The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock By Marion Brettle
The Book Launch of The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock
The Book Launch of
The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock
The Book Launch of The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock
The Book Launch of
The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock

The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock and its Families and Visitors: Chronicles of a Shropshire Market Town by Marion Brettle ISBN 978-0-9563079-0-3 12.99 pub August 2009 PB 148pp 194 illustrations including 27 colour phootographs

With a history stretching back more than three hundred years, the house at the top of the High Street in Much Wenlock has certainly seen life!

Variously called the High Street House, The Vicarage and the Old Vicarage, it has been home to some intriguing people. There was 'King' Collins, the eighteenth-century entrepreneur, who 'helped himself' to stone from the abbey ruins until people complained. He made his mark in the town in more ways than one. Then there was the Reverend Wayne who publicly clashed with Dr William Penny Brookes, the founding father of the modern Olympics, over his proposed Olympian Class.

At times the house rang with the sounds of vicarage children playing in its gardens, or the clink of tea cups at vicarage garden parties. During another period in its history, the house offered sanctuary from air raids, housed a bevy of truculent old ladies and then was part of a veterinary practice, before finally settling down to become a much loved family home once more.

Using a wealth of original pictures, Marion Brettle provides a fascinating account of life in Much Wenlock society from the mid-eighteenth century to the modern day.