11. Back Lane & 12. The Bull Ring
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Turn and retrace your steps along the High Street and turn left into Back Lane.
Part-way down on your left you will see a fine example of a cruck-frame house - St Owen’s Well House and in the wall on the outside of the house is St Owen’s well itself. Cruck frame means 2 matching curved beams that meet at the gabled end, this could be one of Wenlock’s oldest buildings.
If you were to refer to our page Wenlock Name you would learn that St. Owen, a French monk, visited Much Wenlock in the 6th century and this well may have been the reason for establishing the Priory.
At the T-junction, you are in what they call The Bullring, where they did indeed bait bulls at one time.
Directly across the street on the corner is the Old Bank building (1829), now a private house. Next door is the Old Police Station (1864). It is made of special blue bricks, believed to have been made in Broseley.
Two doors up from the Old Police Station is a half-timbered building called Bastard Hall. You can see the name on the side wall by the drive. The BBC Time Team televised the history of building a number of years ago.
A liitle further on the left you will see the entrance to Wenlock Pottery, well worth a stop for some shopping!
Arriving at the T-junction, you will see some stone bridge abutments on the right which were part of the rail line. Take a right here and you will be back on Station Road where your walk started.