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Encyclopedia > Market Drayton
Market Drayton
Statistics
Population: 10,407
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: SJ673341
Administration
District: North Shropshire
Shire county: Shropshire
Region: West Midlands
Constituent country: England
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Other
Ceremonial county: Shropshire
Historic county: Shropshire
Services
Police force: West Mercia
Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}}
Ambulance: West Midlands
Post office and telephone
Post town: MARKET DRAYTON
Postal district: TF9
Dialling code: 01630
Politics
UK Parliament: North Shropshire
European Parliament: West Midlands

Market Drayton is a market town in north Shropshire, England, on the River Tern, between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent. Formerly known as "Drayton in Hales" (c. 1868) and earlier simply as "Drayton" (c. 1695). The town is on the Shropshire Union Canal, and the National Cycle Route 75. The A53 road by-passes the town. Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... North Shropshire is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ... Constituent country is an official term used to describe three of the four principal component parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK): England; Scotland; Wales. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... West Mercia Constabulary is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the counties of Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin), Herefordshire and Worcestershire in England. ... 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The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Shropshire North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Sign in the entrance of the European Parliament building in Brussels, written in all the official languages used in the European Union as of July 2006 The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The debating chamber, or hemicycle, in Strasbourg The European Parliament building in Brussels The European Parliament (formerly European... West Midlands is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The market town is a medieval phenomenon. ... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... The River Tern is a river in Shropshire, England. ... Statistics Population: 70,059 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SJ495123 Administration District: Shrewsbury and Atcham Shire county: Shropshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Shropshire Historic county: Shropshire Services Police force: West Mercia Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: West Midlands Post office and... This page is about Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... The Shropshire Union Canal near Norbury Junction The Shropshire Union Canal is a canal linking Wolverhampton with the River Mersey. ... Sustrans is a British engineering charity which promotes sustainable transport. ... The A53 is a route on the UK highway network that runs from Shrewsbury, in the English county of Shropshire, to Buxton, in the English county of Derbyshire. ...


The town is promoted as 'the home of gingerbread.' The oldest recorded mention goes back to 1793. At its peak the traditional biscuity gingerbread, which contained rum, was made by four bakers in the town. Today the leading maker is Image on Food, [1]who produce nearly 1 million novelty gingerbread figures for Britain's leading retailers. Gingerbread A gingerbread house A gingerbread house Gingerbread is a sweet that can take the form of a cake or a cookie in which the predominant flavor is ginger. ...


It is also home to Müller Dairies [2] making yoghurts and Palethorpes, producing meat pies. Not forgetting to mention the 'bottle tree', situated to the north of the cricket field fencing by the top corner of the field. With over 25000 viewings every year, this is one Market Draytons hottest tourist attraction. Müller is a multinational dairy company, making a wide range of yoghurts and other chilled deserts. ... Yoghurt or yogurt, or less commonly yoghourt or yogourt (see spelling below), is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. ... This article describes a type of food. ...


The town is the home of Tern Press, a highly respected and collectable small press publisher of poetry. The Dun Emer Press in 1903 with Elizabeth Yeats working the hand press Small press is a term often used to describe publishers who typically specialize in genre fiction, or limited edition books or magazines. ...


Despite its rather small size and rural location, the town has forged successful links with its twin towns of Arlon in Belgium and Pezenas in the south of France. St Martin church, Arlon Arlon (Dutch: Aarlen, German: Arel) is a Belgian municipality located in the Walloon province of Luxembourg, of which it is the capital. ... Pézenas is a commune of the Hérault département, in France. ...

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Sites

Of architectural interest are the many town-centre half-timbered buildings that survive from the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a sympathetically restored Norman church, St. Mary's, next to the Grammar School of 1558. The town's marketplace is ancient, with a market charter from 1246, and the market continues today. (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ... Events January 7 - French troops led by Francis, Duke of Guise take Calais, the last continental possession of England July 13 - Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines. ... Events End of the reign of Emperor Go-Saga, emperor of Japan. ...


Notable ancient local sites include: Audley's Cross, Blore Heath, site of a major War of the Roses battle; and several neolithic standing stones, "The Devil's Ring and Finger", three miles from the town. A cross sited in Blore Heath, Staffordshire to mark the spot on which James Touchet, Lord Audley was killed at the battle of Blore Heath in 1459. ... Blore Heath is a sparsely populated area of farmland in Staffordshire, England. ... The War or Wars of the Roses may refer to, or have been referred to by: The historical Wars of the Roses, the civil war that took place in Mediæval Britain between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. ... An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools Excavated dwellings at Skara Brae Scotland, Europes most complete Neolithic village. ... Standing stones, orthostats, liths or more commonly, megaliths because of their large and cumbersome size, are solitary stones set vertically in the ground. ...


Around five miles (8 km) from the town is Hawkstone Park – 100 acres (400,000 m²) of beautiful and enormous follies and grounds built by Sir Rowland Hill and Sir Richard Hill – which was used to represent Narnia in the BBC's TV adaptation of C. S. Lewis's books. Hawkstone Park Follies, near to Market Drayton, in Shropshire, England. ... Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. ... This article is about the postal service pioneer. ... Narnia is a fantasy world created by C. S. Lewis as a location for his Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels for children. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ...


Market Drayton is nearly the most central town in England - if one draws a rectangle just touching the north, south, east and west extremities of the country (including the Isles of Scilly), the central point falls about two miles south of the town, near Woodseaves. The Isles of Scilly (Cornish: Ynysek Syllan) form an archipelago of islands off the southwesternmost tip of England. ...


People

Nearby at Styche Hall is the birthplace of Robert Clive first Lord Clive, "Clive of India", 17251774. The Georgian house, designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House, replaced the half-timbered house where Clive was born. It was built for his father and paid for by Clive from the first "profits" of his Indian career. Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, meeting with Mir Jafar after Plassey, by Francis Hayman Major-General Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive of Plassey, KB (29 September 1725 – 22 November 1774), also known as Clive of India, was the soldier of fortune and commander who established the military supremacy of the... Events February 8 - Catherine I became empress of Russia February 20 - The first reported case of white men scalping Native Americans takes place in New Hampshire colony. ... Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ...


Amongst the many schools he attended is the town's old grammar school, next to St Mary's church. A school desk with the initials RC can still be seen in the town.


The town was the birthplace of pioneering photographer Samuel Bourne (b. 1834). He is famous for having spent six years in India from 1862 to 1869; there he founded a major studio, trekked into and photographed many of India's remotest places and, with his printer Charles Shepherd, became the most notable photographer of the Raj. Samuel Bourne (1834–1912) was a British photographer known for his work in India. ... 1834 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Charles Shepherd was most notably the printer for and co-worker of Samuel Bourne during his work in India, and co-founder of Shepherd & Bourne, their studio based in Calcutta. ... In many Indian languages, Raj literally means Prince or Royalty though is often used to mean something more like the English term of empire and as such is often used in reference to the Mughal Raj and the British Raj: the period of direct colonial rule of India by the...


The British fascist Oswald Mosley was born nearby in 1896, at Betton Hall, the home of his mother's parents. On the separation of his parents his mother, Oswald and his brother went to live in Smithfield Road. Mosley attended a dame school in Shropshire Street until he went to public school at the age of eight. Apart from holidays he never lived in Drayton again. Fascism (in Italian, fascismo), capitalized, was the authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. ... Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet (November 16, 1896 – December 3, 1980), was a British politician known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists. ... 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Mosley was deeply ashamed of their reduced circumstances and he did everything to hide the years in Drayton. Their middle class status contrasted with the huge estate of his parental grandparents in Staffordshire. Years later, following the death of their mother, he obtained her diaries from his brother and burned them.


In the 1930s at the height of his "fame", he returned to the town where he held a meeting in the square.


Facilities

Market Drayton hosts modern 25 metre indoor swimming pool with an outdoor pool available in the summertime. This facility has taken the place of a 50 metre lido.


Schools

Market Drayton has 4 schools:


Longlands Primary School


Market Drayton Infants Schools


Market Drayton Junior School


Grove School (and college)


External links


Ceremonial county of Shropshire
Unitary authorities: Telford and Wrekin
Boroughs/Districts: Bridgnorth • North Shropshire • Oswestry • Shrewsbury and Atcham • South Shropshire
Cities/Towns: Bishop's Castle • Bridgnorth • Broseley • Church Stretton • Cleobury Mortimer • Clun • Craven Arms • Dawley • Ellesmere • Ludlow • Madeley • Market Drayton • Much Wenlock • Newport • Oakengates • Oswestry • Shifnal • Shrewsbury • Telford • Wellington • Wem • Whitchurch
See also: List of civil parishes in Shropshire

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Market Drayton Tourist Information and Accommodation Guide - Shropshire Tourism (435 words)
Market Drayton is the home of Gingerbread which has been baked in the town for the last 200 years.
In times gone by Market Drayton was famed for its Damson Fairs when the textile makers from the north would buy the damsons to make dye for their cloth.
Market Drayton is ideal as a base for exploring Stoke and the Potteries, Ironbridge, Shrewsbury and Chester.
Market Drayton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (767 words)
Market Drayton is a market town in north Shropshire, England, on the River Tern, between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent.
The town's marketplace is ancient, with a market charter from 1246, and the market continues today.
Market Drayton could claim to be the most central town in England - if one draws a rectangle just touching the north, south, east and west extremities of the country (including the Isles of Scilly), the central point falls about two miles south of the town, near Woodseaves.
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