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Old history pictures of Wellington


Wellington is rich in history with its name most likely derived from that of a Saxon settler - Weola - whose farmstead would have been located somewhere in the centre of town, possibly near The Green. A church has stood near that site for almost 1000 years and a priest is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The original churchyard still remains.

In medieval times Wellington was known as ‘Wellington under The Wrekin’ – which perfectly illustrates its intrinsic link with the mighty Wrekin, which dominates the skyline. The Wrekin is the spiritual heart of Shropshire and Wellington is proud to have been the key market town in the centre of the county. The town blossomed thanks to its famous market and boasts a town centre rich in historical architecture mainly of the Georgian period, but with the medieval ‘lanes’ – Bell Street, Crown Street and Duke Street – indicating its importance as a more ancient commercial centre.