What is Craven Arms Known For
Craven Arms is a market town and civil parish situated in Shropshire, linked to larger towns around it via the Welsh Marches railway line, which joins the Heart of Wales railway line at the Craven Arms railway station. At the north of the town sits the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the south sits the fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle. The surrounding rural area of Craven Arms holds a number of shops, industrial businesses, and an abattoir, and is a highly popular tourist destination due to its stunning scenes of nature.
The town is relatively new for Shropshire, having been just a small village called Newton on a 1695 map. It began to grow when the railway station came into play during the 19th century, making it a railway town. Newton, or Newtown, remains as the name for the southeastern part of the present day town, while the northern part is called Newington or New Inn.
Craven Arms takes its name from the Craven Arms Hotel, which in turn was named after the Lords Craven, who owned the nearby Stokesay Castle. The civil parish of Craven Arms was formed during 1987 through the merging of two older parishes, Stokesay and Halford.
The civil parish is home to many beautiful attractions, such as the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre which features exhibits about the county’s geography, as well as Stella Mitchell’s Land of Lost Content Museum, a collection of 20th-century memorabilia. There is also Stokesay Castle, a fortified manor house which sits just south of the town.
Craven Arms houses several churches, with the Anglican parish church being the grade II listed church of St Thomas. The grade I listed church of St John is in the south of the town, near Stokesay Castle, and there is also St Andrews Community Church, a Methodist church, a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, and a small mosque.