Shropshire & the local area

Shropshire is overflowing with unspoilt, breath-taking countryside and beautiful historic towns, and Eaton Manor is a great base from which to explore this fabulous county

Church Stretton

10-minute drive

The nearest small town to Eaton (4 miles away), Church Stretton has all the essentials you might need, such as a small supermarket, newsagent, post office, pubs and cafes.  It is also the local hub for walkers and cyclists wanting to explore the Shropshire Hills.


25-minute drive

A larger town than Church Stretton, Ludlow (12 miles away) is a beautiful market town, with a spectacular Castle, and is renowned for its quality eateries and local produce.


30-minute drive

Shropshire’s main town (17 miles away), Shrewsbury, is a fine example of a medieval market town, and is centred around the River Severn. It is also the birthplace of Charles Darwin.

Open Gardens in Shropshire

Shropshire is bestowed with stunning scenery but also beautiful gardens to visit.

The National Garden Scheme, Shropshire

The National Open Garden Scheme (NGS) has a number of gardens in Shropshire that open their gates to visitors.

The proceeds from which support various charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospices UK, the Carer’s Trust, Parkinson’s UK plus several smaller but equally important charities.

The Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

The Shropshire Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) also has an Open Gardens Scheme with a wide range of interesting gardens available to visit.

The Trust raises money to provide grants for churches in need, and its Open Gardens Scheme is one of the most effective ways it does this.

Local Authors

Shropshire, and it’s stunning countryside, has been the inspiration for many great authors over the years

Here is a selection of authors either from Shropshire or who have written about the county…

Charles Darwin 

(1809 – 1882)

Born in Shrewsbury in Shropshire in 1809, Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution and author of ‘On the Origin of Species‘.

Charles Dickens 

(1812 – 1870)

Having visited Shropshire many times over the years, Dickens wrote about areas in Shropshire and based some of his characters in his greatest novels on Shropshire locals, such as Miss Havisham in ‘Great Expectations’.

A. E. Housman 

(1859 – 1920)

Perhaps the poet most closely associated with Shropshire, Housman’s work ‘A Shropshire Lad’, which featured references to the Blue Remembered Hills, is perhaps his most recognised work.

Mary Webb 

(1881 – 1927)

Another famous Shropshire writer, Mary Webb grew up in Shropshire and used many of the towns in her writing, with references to local towns and places. She wrote five novels all of which reflect her devotion and love of Shropshire.

Wilfred Owen 


Commonly regarded as the finest war poet of his generation, Owen was born at Plas Wilmot, Oswestry, and spent his childhood and teenage years around Shropshire.

Malcolm Saville 

(1901 – 1982)

Though not from Shropshire, Malcolm Saville based a series of children’s books on areas within the county as his children were evacuated to the Shropshire countryside at the outbreak of the 2nd World War and Saville visited as often as he could from London.

Ellis Peters 

(1913 -1995)

Ellis Peters, whose real name was Edith Pargeter, is perhaps Shropshire’s best known modern author. She lived in Telford and is famous for her collection of Medieval whodunits, ‘The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael’. Her novels featuring the detective monk were very popular, with a television series made that serialized some of her novels.

Katherine Swift

Katherine Swift lives in Shropshire and has been a gardening columnist of The Times as well as having written widely in the gardening press. She is also the author of ‘The Morville Hours’, a Sunday Times bestseller.

Kate Innes

Though born in London, Kate Innes now resides in Shropshire soaking up the history and beauty of the county. She has recently written a novel ‘The Errant Hours’ based on real events in the Welsh Marches which is, in part, set around Eaton and South Shropshire.

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