History of the Gaskell Arms
Main roads are now as important as they were before the 19th Central railway expansion and as they were in 1790 when the Gaskell Arms was given is present frontal appearance. Once again this Hotel has become a focal point in the Borough of Wenlock. The bow windows with their leaden domes have offered a stately greeting to visitors since the days of the French Revolution.
Since those Georgian days there have been many changes. The four-horse coach (itself a novelty in the 17th Century) disappeared as the railway spread and until 1860 when the railway first came to Much Wenlock the Gaskell Arms retained importance as a Coaching Inn.
Local historians say that the site was occupied in the Tudor rimes and earlier by a Rindleford Hall. Some of the Hotels internal timbering (which were obscured with 18th Century plaster until the 1960 renovation revealed them) and limestone footings may contain vestiges of this Medieval Hall. Almost certainly if faced a ford, as the stream, which provided the main water supply for the Priory still runs beneath the road. The external brickwork was in its time a major modernisation in the late 1700s.
The Gaskell Arms, as part of the Much Wenlock estate, was owned by the Williams-Wynn family from about 1630 to 1861, and, as was the fashion the hostelry was named the "Wynnstay Arms", upon the change of ownership the crossed foxes of the welsh borderland disappeared from the inn sign and the heraldry of the Yorkshire Milnes-Gaskell family appeared instead.
Under the Milnes-Gaskell inspiration the town, from being merely picturesque became and archaeologists delight. Also the town retained a lively market, being consciously the head of a Borough of 35 square miles.
The past is not forgotten; the local Wheatland Hunt still meets at "The Gaskell" and, stabling has been turned into guest accommodation
The Gaskell Arms is now in the ownership of the Sheldon Family, and has been for the past 30 years, who have carried out extensive modifications so as to shown the best architectural features of the past allied with modern comforts for all clients to enjoy.
Welcome to our events page, your guide to what's on at The Gaskell and throughout Much Wenlock to impress and amuse you. We have festivals, carnivals, fairs, shows and exhibitions running all year round.
Please see Much Wenlock's Tourism website to search for the best Shropshire Events taking place during your trip.
Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre...
2011 Victorian Theme: An array of eclectic stalls. Entertainment, food, drink, Santa's Grotto, Donkey rides, Grand Raffle etc., throughout the day bringing festive cheer. Lantern procession and carols on the Square at 4.30pm. Two Park and Ride laid on, one with disabled access. Free entry.
Date & Time
3rd December 2011. Open 10:00 to 17:00
Constantly developing and evolving, we like to keep our clients and followers updated on what we get up to. This is the page to come to if you have a few spare minutes and fancy a quick dip into the world of The Gaskell Arms. If there is anything that sparks your interest, please feel free to get in touch, we would love to hear from you
Christmas is Coming...
We know it seems a long time until Christmas, but it will be with us before you know. Treat your loved ones to somewhere special this year by staying with us at The Gaskell Arms for a trul magical time.
Please contact reception for more details of our 3 night package and to reserve your rooms, places are limited so early booking is recommended.
Website goes live...
Our fabulous new website has gone live, with thanks to Reech Leisure for designing our brand new site. We are all so happy with it. For more information on Reech Leisure and their specialist hotel website deisgn contact Rob Hughes.
They say that the best advertising is word of mouth, so we have put our lovely clients in the spotlight and crossed our fingers that they will say something nice. Here's a few words from booking.com. Trip Advisor & Evivvo Frontdesk….
Trevor, Barnsley, United Kingdom...
All the team were very welcoming and made sure that all aspects of our stay was a pleasant experience, as did the locals who used the bar. The bar and restaurant areas were very pleasant, as were the outside areas; gardens and terrace. The restaurant menu wasn't pretencious, but the food that we had was excellent. Ample off road parking is available. The Gaskell Arms is on the edge of the town giving easy access to the Much Wenlock and the road network. It is ideally located for seeing Shropshire.
Kenneth, Doncaster, United Kingdom...
The hotel was extremely good and we enjoyed our stay. It was friendly, welcoming and comfortable. Everyone was very accomodating and efficient and it felt home from home. The real log fire was the icing on the cake!!
The Gaskell Arms is a 17th century coach house, delightfully situated on the edge of the medieval village of Much Wenlock and near Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Hotel accommodation comes in the shape of 16 rooms including family rooms and self catering accommodation. The Gaskell Arms Hotel is an ideal location for business travellers and tourists alike, being situated within the Centre of Much Wenlock with easy links to Telford and the M5/M6/M54 and Birmingham Airport.
The hotel has a function room which can be used for business meetings and conferences and the venue has a full wedding licence. The hotel restaurant offers a selection of home cooked food and bar meals. In our large function room, we have a line up of entertainment events running throughout the year. Hotel accommodation rates include our fantastic English Breakfast
The Hotel is a family owned and managed free house, offering warm, traditional hospitality throughout the year.
We offer comfort and style of all modern conveniences, whilst retaining all the charms of our historic past - including oak beams and the welcoming warmth of a log fire to greet you in the winter.
Whatever your requirements... a weekend break, a business trip or that very special occasion, the Gaskell Arms can offer you the best in friendly, professional service.