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.

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

The Prees Branch Canal, and why it never reached Prees a talk by Matthew Lanham.
Tuesday April 16th, 2024, 7.30pm, Wem Town Hall
See poster : poster image

Shropshire Planning Portal

Wem Combine Harvesters - Markets

The next Spring Market will be held on Saturday, April 27th. 2024.
For more information, See Spring Market.
For a trader's leaflet, click here. For an application form, click here.

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 usually 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 last Harvest Market was on Saturday September 30th 2023.
For more information, Wem Harvest Market See Harvest Market.

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 is carrying out a survey to find out what Wemians believe should be the future of the White Horse.
For details of the survey; 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