A – Z of Locations: M is for Market Drayton

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

M is for Market Drayton

Market Drayton is a market town in the north of Shropshire, England, close to the Cheshire and Staffordshire borders. It lies on the River Tern. Home to Müller Dairy which produces yoghurts here and a microbrewery. It is also known for its gingerbread, which was first recorded in 1793. Today, the only surviving brand still being made in the town is Billington’s Gingerbread. There is even an annual Ginger and Spice festival.

Buttercross Market

There are a number of listed buildings in the town including several timber-framed, 17th century shops and pubs around the town centre, plus Georgian and Victorian buildings. The streets converge on The Buttercross market shelter and on Wednesdays are filled with market stalls.

The town sits by the Shropshire Union canal about a mile from Tyrley Locks where a flight of five locks make this one of the most interesting sections of the canal.

(Bridge No 62) View of Betton Mill, now converted into apartments and Betton Bridge (No 63) straight ahead.
Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton.
Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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