Nearby is Wenlock Edge, an important geological feature. Both the Edge and the town are the subject of several poems by A.E. Housman in his famous volume A Shropshire Lad (http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/HouShro.html): On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble... & Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town.... In 1909 these were set to music by Vaughan Williams as On Wenlock Edge, Song cycle for tenor and piano quintet.
The Victorian romantic painter & sculptor Robert Bateman (1842-1922) lived near Much Wenlock, at the 16th-Century Benthall Hall. In 1907Walter Crane described his painting as of... "a magic world of romance and pictured poetry ... a twilight world of dark mysterious woodlands, haunted streams, meads of deep green starred with burning flowers, vieled in a dim and mystic light."
In 1950 the town & its surrounding countryside were the locations of the film Gone to Earth by Powell and Pressburger. In 1985 the film was fully restored by the British Film Archive, and premiered to great acclaim. The New Statesman review claimed the restored film to be... "One of the great British regional films ...(and)... one of the most beautiful films ever to be shot of the English countryside". The film was based on the 1917novel (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7055) of the same name by local author Mary Webb, a novel partly inspired by the Diary of Francis Kilvert.
Wenlock Olympian Society (http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk)
Much Wenlock guide by Virtual Shropshire (http://www.muchwenlockguide.info/index.html)
A Literary Walk (http://www3.shropshire-cc.gov.uk/walk01.htm)
Festival at the Edge, an annual three-day festival of traditional storytelling (http://www.festivalattheedge.org/)
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