The Discovering Wellington Project
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About The Project
The Discovering Wellington’ project is a three-year scheme highlighting the wealth of heritage attractions around the market town of Wellington, Shropshire. The venture is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will enable local people and visitors alike to discover the natural and historic environment on their doorstep via a series of specially designed walking and cycling trails that will unlock the secrets of the town and the surrounding area from the dawn of life on Earth to the present day.
Wellington is a market town with a long and illustrious past dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. It received its first Royal Charter in 1244, was garrisoned during the Civil War and became a prosperous centre for Industry and Agriculture during the Victorian era. The town has long and well established links with The Wrekin, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the Midlands most famous natural landmarks, which is only a mile from the town itself. Nearby, the Weald Moors and the Tern Valley are within easy reach and the project aims to reveal the many diverse attractions of the whole area for Wellingtonians and people visiting the locality for the first time.
The Discovering Wellington’ project is organised by Wellington Local Agenda 21 Group, a voluntary organisation that exists to help individuals and groups work together to find solutions to a range of problems affecting the local environment, whether arranging litter picks or developing sustainable transport projects. Wellington is located on Route 81 of the National Cycle Network, a long distance track linking the Mid-Wales coast with the West Midlands, and the group hopes to take advantage of the town’s enviable location to improve its profile as a destination for sustainable tourism.
The Victorian age represented the most
important turning point in Wellington’s
history since the town received its first market
charter, in 1244. Although Wellington had
enjoyed prosperity in the latter years of the
late 1700s, thanks to the industrial boom in
the east Shropshire coalfield, the Nineteenth
Century ushered in a period of unparalleled