Situated only 6 miles from the nearby town of Bridgnorth and 4 miles from Much Wenlock Broseley sits on the lip of the wooded Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Don’t be fooled by Broseley’s modest claim to be “an early industrial town”. Equip yourself with the Town Trail and discover some stories of the fascinating people who shaped the early years of the industrial revolution, many of whom are acknowledged by memorials in the magnificent All Saints’ Church.
Since its inclusion in the Domesday Book, way back in 1086, Broseley has been known as a centre for industry, and there are many reminders of this legacy throughout the town. Unique to Broseley are the town’s ‘Jitties’; a maze-like network of narrow paths, which wind around the houses and tracks down to the River Severn. For more information download the leaflet here (PDF).
By the Victorian era, Broseley was home to the world’s largest production of tiles and tobacco pipes, exported worldwide. Today, the Jackfield Tile Museum and the Broseley Pipeworks, two of the ten award winning Ironbridge Gorge Museums, tell the story of Broseley’s tile and pipe making past.
Broseley Cemetery Chapel also features tiles made at the local Craven Dunhill factory (click here to download the leaflet PDF).
Whilst you’re soaking up the history, stroll around this pretty market town and stop off at the independent shops and restaurants on your way. Each year the town is awash with colour as it takes part in “Broseley in Bloom” and the idyllic Shropshire countryside also offers plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling.
Within easy distance for both two feet and two wheels are the museums with the Ironbridge Gorge, as well as the nearby National Trust property of Benthall Hall. Also, don’t forget the Coalport Bridge downstream from Ironbridge, which is believed to be the oldest iron bridge still used by vehicles.