Shropshire town, 8 miles N of Wem.
John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, was a Whitchurch man, a great soldier, whose body was brought back from Bordeaux to St. Alkmund's Church for burial after his death in battle. It was this man whose fame Shakespeare perpetuated in King Henry VI, Part 1.
Roger Cotton (fl. 1596) was born in Alkington and educated in Whitchurch.
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) and Celia Fiennes (1662-1741) both visited the town and recorded their impressions.
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), the hymn writer and poet was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School.
Lorna Sage (1943-2001), literary critic and author, attended the Whitchurch Girls' High School, recalled in her autobiography, Bad blood (2000).
The author Kate Long (1964- ) lives in Whitchurch.
It should also be mentioned, although he was not a literary figure as such, that the influential nineteenth century illustrator of children's books, Randolph Caldecott was a bank clerk in Whitchurch in his youth.
Location map of Whitchurch courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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