Back in July of 2012 be we finally became members of English Heritage. We had been members of The National Trust for a number of years and it is fair to say that we had certainly used our membership to the full. I soon discovered that there were so many other places we would be able to visit locally if we took up membership with English Heritage too. Our first place of call was the pretty Shropshire town of Much Wenlock and Wenlock Priory.
The Anglo-Saxon monastery dates back to around 680 and is situated in the picturesque town on Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Much Wenlock was the birth place of Dr William Penny Brooks who was the inspiration of the modern Olympics games and as recognition to the part Dr Penny Brooks played in the modern Olympics during the 2012 London Olympic Games one of their mascots Wenlock was named after the town. At the time of our visit the town itself was in full Olympic celebrations as the Olympics were due to start the following week.
Today Wenlock Priory is mainly ruins but there is a stunning topiary-filled cloister garden on site too.