Thursday, October 28, 2010
The sudden rise of the lead mining industry in this remote part of England in the mid 19th century meant that the Stiperstones area has the feel of the Wild West. Shanty villages were thrown together with materials like corrugated iron and their hastily abandoned remnants can still be found today.
Snailbeach has this atmosphere most strongly, but you even find it down at Minsterley - a larger village on the main road to Shrewsbury.
You may have to hurry though. A planning notice on a nearby lamppost suggests this shop may soon be replaced by a more conventional building.