A partial view of Wem in north Shropshire
A Partial View of Wem in North Shropshire

For Images of Wem

History of Wem

Buildings and Built Environment
Entertainment: Cinema;
Memories, Town & Village;
Wem's Missing Market Charter and the Victoria County History.
Buildings in High Street

Wem Civic Society
Information about the society
For the 2024 programme see Diary.

Next Meeting: Worldwide Codebreaking in WWII, a talk by Howard Craston
Tuesday July 16th., 2024, 7.30pm, Wem Town Hall
for more information, click here

(1) Outline application for the erection of up to 21 affordable dwellings to include access (24/02314/OUT) to The West Of Swain Close Wem
Application by Maelor Homes Ltd.
Previous application in May 2023 for 25 dwellings was refused.
(2) Erection of 4 bungalows - Unit 2, Central Car Park, High St., Wem (SY4 5AA).
(3) Discharge of Condition 4 relating to appeal for demolition of two-thirds of Edinburgh House.
Shropshire Planning Portal

Wem Combine Harvesters - Markets

The last Spring Market was held on Saturday, April 27th., 2024.
for more information, click here.

WCH is made up of Wem Civic Society, and Wem & Dist. Garden Club, and Incredible Edible in Wem. The group organises town markets in Wem twice yearly, the Spring and Harvest Markets. They are morning events offering food, drink, crafts and plants for sale. They are held in Wem Town Hall, and on Jubilee Square.
If the Spring Market is around St. George's Day, it is aka the St. George's Day Market.
The Harvest Market is held on the last Saturday in September.
The next Harvest Market is on Saturday September 28th., 2024.
for an application form, click here
for a trader's leaflet, click here

The White Horse
The White Horse Hotel (Inn) sits at a prominent road junction in Wem, near the Shrewsbury Gate. As such it sets the tone for the town as people enter from that direction.
It has been in an increasingly decrepit state for a number of years. Now that Shropshire Council has purchased the building, many Wemians hope that its renovation
and rejuvenation will reinvigorate this part of the High Street.
The inn dates back to at least the C18th. In 1795, John Bagshaw was the proprietor of “The White Horfe Inn”. By 1840, Wem was an important staging point for stagecoach services.
It was on a coach route from Shrewsbury to Liverpool and Manchester.
It was listed as a Grade II building in 1983.
In support of any renovation, the society has completed a survey to find out what Wemians believe would be the best solution for the White Horse.
This survey has now been completed with over 200 responses. The report of the survey will be going to the June meeting of Wem Town Council. In the meantime,
Andy Wigley (Historic Environment - Shropshire) will be addressing the Annual Wem Town Meeting on Thursday 23rd. May,
(see details. of the meeting] and giving an update from Shropshire Council on the plans.
The survey operated by WCS is now completed. The results will be going to Wem town Council at their meeting Thursday June 27th., 2024;
for the questionnaire

Research is continuing into a number of areas including the history of Wem and the surrounding villages. Publications are available for sale.

Wildlife around Wem