Marshbrook, including its pub and level crossing
|Marshbrook shown within Shropshire|
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|Post town||CHURCH STRETTON|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
It lies on the junction of the A49 and B4370, 3 miles to the south of the market town of Church Stretton. Three civil parishes come together in the hamlet: Church Stretton, Wistanstow and Acton Scott. The hamlet lies at 163m above sea level at the southern end of the Stretton Gap. A Roman road passed through what is now Marshbrook, on its way from Leintwardine to Wroxeter.
The Welsh Marches Line runs through the hamlet and there was once a small station here. Marshbrook station was constructed in 1852 for the railway company comprising a stationmaster's house, waiting room and ticket office. The station was closed in 1955 and is now a private house. A signal box and level crossing remain. Marshbrook Signal Box is the oldest operational signal box of its type surviving on the national railway network and was built by the London & North Western Railway in 1872. It was made a Grade II listed building in 2013, in order to save it from the planned removal of mechanical signalling on the line. There is also a public house in the hamlet, near to the railway line, called The Station Inn (previously known as the "Wayside Inn"). A small industrial estate/business park exists on land adjacent to the railway and there are roadside businesses at the A49/B4370 junction.
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