Shropshire town, 7 miles N of Craven Arms.
Once a small village, Church Stretton expanded greatly in the late Victorian and Edwardian period when it became a popular health resort. Location map of Church Stretton courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
The novelist Henry Kingsley (1830-1876) wrote Stretton based around this area.
E. M. Almedingen (1898-1971), the biographer and children's writer, lived here in the 1930's.
The writer Kenneth Bird (1916-1993) moved to Church Stretton upon retirement.
Oliver Sandys (1892-1964) lived nearby in Little Stretton and set her novel Quaint Place (1952) in Church Stretton.
Hesba Stretton (1832-1911) came here often before moving away from Shropshire when she became an established author. There is a plaque to her memory in St. Laurence's Church together with a window depicting the figure of Jessica from her immensely popular story Jessica's First Prayer (1866).
Mary Webb (1881-1927) called the town Shepwardine in her novels, particularly in The Golden Arrow (1916).
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