Bridgnorth  Guide
Bridgnorth Tourist Information & Visitor Guide
 

The Old Town Hall
Bear left at the bottom of Church St and you are now back in the town centre with loads of shops, eateries and pubs

The Town Hall & High Street, Bridgnorth

Bearing in mind that in the past Bridgnorth was almost totally destroyed by fire, you have an interesting collection of buildings to view.

As you are walking remember to look up - you will find a good selection of down spouts on buildings with different images on them, firemarks, decorative wooden carvings and old glass in the windows above. For example between The Harp and Lunn Poly is a vacant building where you will see a man’s face on the downspout.

Walk towards the old Town Hall which is the black & white building dominating the centre of the High Street. Underneath is a market area in which you will find a selection of traders on Fridays and Saturdays. (Bridgnorth was the first market town to get a Royal charter 1157).

Market at Bridgnorth

If you visit the market space on a quiet day you will see an excellent time line on the wall, charting Bridgnorth’s history from 895 with the Vikings through to the late 1990's. It depicts all the ups and downs in the town’s history including the Black Death, the Civil War, fire, cholera, the beginning and end of the Bridgnorth port, the building and restoration of the Town Hall and much more.

The Town Hall is open to the public and the entrance is on the opposite site from the market area. Climb the stairs to visit the council chambers. The building was constructed in 1652 from a redundant tithe barn donated by a Lady Bertie from the town of Much Wenlock.

A Victorian coat of arms can be seen both inside and outside on the ends of the building. It has unusual stain-glass windows depicting English monarchs and the only remaining ” made-in-Bridgnorth” carpet known to be on public display - a five colour Wilton with 27 joins made in 1887.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, Bridgnorth

Leave the Town Hall and walk back under the market and back onto the pavement on the left side of the street heading south, almost directly above you, you will see two black and white timber frame buildings above the shop fronts, can you tell which is the older building?

The building on the left is made of milled Victorian timbers and has black rose decorations under the windows, the one on the right is of early hand cut timbers and has red rose decorations which are modern applications and have the names of girls under the windows-Holly, Naomi, Robin, Charolette, Emma, Trudi. There are two versions of the name’s origins, 1 - they were the names of the children born to the family residing in the building, each being added after birth and 2 - that they were the names of the various flat holders who wanted to make their mark on the town.

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Bridgnorth Walk

1. Northgate
2. St Leonards
3. The Old Town Hall
4. The High Street
5. Waterloo Terrace
6. Bridgnorth Castle
7. Cartway
8. The Bridge
9. Cliff Railway
 
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