Battlefield, Shropshire

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Battlefield Church and neighbouring cottages
Shrewsbury's new livestock market and A49/A53 service station at Battlefield

Battlefield is a village 3 miles (5 km) north of Shrewsbury town centre in Shropshire, England.

The village is today split between three civil parishes - Shrewsbury, Astley and Pimhill.

Battle of Shrewsbury[edit]

Main article: Battle of Shrewsbury

It was roughly here that the Battle of Shrewsbury of 1403 took place. A church, commonly known as "Battlefield Church", but officially St. Mary Magdalene Church, was built in memory of the thousands who died.

Today the Battlefield Heritage Park is a visitor attraction, commemorating and exploring the site battle.

Modern day Battlefield[edit]

The A49 runs through Battlefield, on its way from Shrewsbury to Whitchurch, as does the Welsh Marches Line (the Shrewsbury to Crewe railway line). The A53 begins its route at Battlefield.

Battlefield has two pubs. The Red Lion is the elder pub, and The Two Henrys is to the north of the Battlefield roundabout, as is the church, which lies just off the A49.

Also recently opened adjacent to the Two Henrys is a new[when?] Spar Convenience store, which is the first in the UK to have a smoothie bar,[citation needed] and also Wi-fi networking.[citation needed]

Expansion of Shrewsbury[edit]

The town of Shrewsbury has over the past 10 years grown substantially in this area[citation needed] and the village is now part of the town[citation needed]. It is however split by a large Shrewsbury bypass roundabout ("Battlefield Roundabout"[citation needed]), one of the busiest[citation needed] in the county town.

The new Shrewsbury livestock market and a small hotel and service station has just[when?] been built just off the A53 near the Battlefield Roundabout.

An industrial and business estate, the Battlefield Enterprise Park, has grown up in between the older Shrewsbury suburb of Harlescott and Battlefield. It is located on the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury[citation needed] and the village of Battlefield is nearby. A large part of the battlefield is, however, protected as a heritage site[citation needed]. Even so, the Battlefield Link Road (the A5124) runs straight through it and a car park has been built for visitors. The first businesses moved in during the mid-1990s[citation needed], though the park became more established later that decade when the Battlefield Link Road, the A5124, was built[citation needed]. The park is near the A49 and A53 and it is also adjacent to the Welsh Marches Line.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 52°44′51″N 2°43′06″W / 52.74754°N 2.71845°W / 52.74754; -2.71845

External links[edit]

Media related to Battlefield, Shropshire at Wikimedia Commons

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