June letter from ‘The Ferns’ veggie B & B chatting about Newport, sausage sandwiches and redundant churches

Newport, Shropshire

We live in a beautiful part of the country  on the borders of  Shropshire and Staffordshire.  We are so close to so many  things to do and places to see.


The first iron bridge in the world spans the River Severn

To the west is  Ironbridge,  the River Severn, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury – all lovely historic towns within 30- 45 minutes of us

Nearby Weston Park. One of many stately homes within half an hour of Newport

To the south is Weston Park, home of Lord Bradford, the V festival and nearby to them is the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford.

To the north is the lovely Hodnet Hall Gardens

hodnet hall gardens

Hodnet Hall gardens. They have some black swans.

and Whitchurch with its clock making history. To the east is the county town Stafford with its Ancient High House, Stafford Castle and Shugborough Estate.

ancient high house

Ancient High House – it houses a museum

Sausage sandwiches on the menu

I have decided to add to my breakfast menu:  sausage sandwichessausage sandwich

I shall be offering them with white or wholemeal bread and trimmings.  There is a wide choice of veggie or vegan sausages. .This is something that I  have eaten at Wetherspoons – called a ‘Breakfast Roll’  – and have thought it would be nice  alternative to the ‘Full English’.. So this is now on the menu.

Redundant churches

Apart from our town church, St Nicholas, there are two redundant churches nearby that can be visited. One at called the Talbot Chapel. This is about a mile  away walking down a country road. The church is now a house, but the side chapel  is open everyday and has a wonderful memorial to one of the Earls of Shrewsbury


talbot chapel

The entrance is via the drive to the church (now a house), but walk on round to the back where the chapel is. it is open all day every day.

Another redundant church is St Peter’s Woodcote. This is a couple of miles away, and again can be walked via small roads and footpaths. The church has a Norman  entrance and the most interesting thing is the grave slabs of the Cotes family; one of whom – Humphrey – died at the Battle of Bosworth. Woodcote Hall Residential Home looks after the church now, and you have to get a key to get in to the church from reception. Probably best to phone first.

st peters woodcote

The church yard is very ancient – probably pagan  era- it is circular

The Churches Conservation Trust looks after many of these redundant church.  Their website is so interesting with places to visit and things to do.

Have a lovely summer….

Best wishes