Saturday, November 14, 2009

Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!!!

Market Drayton

I will quote the words of the official Shropshire tourist website quite a bit in this particular blog. I hope you don't mind.

I went to Market Drayton on a Saturday and the market was running, just not at full capacity. I bought some nice chestnuts at the market, that will feature in an up-coming blog. I didn't make it to view the canal, but hope to in the near future.

"A Saxon settlement referred to as Draitune in the Domesday Book and granted its market charter by Henry III, it has been home to one of the liveliest street markets ever since."

"The town also has some rather beautiful architecture. You'll find half timbered and red brick buildings in the town centre and the skyline is dominated by the beautiful 14th century church which is built from local sandstone."

"Every Wednesday Cheshire Street, the main road through the town, is closed off to allow local stallholders to set up and sell their wares. You'll find everything from clothing and electrical goods to linens and products for pets. There is also much local, fresh produce that is ideal to liven up your dinner plate."

"The town's most famous son, Clive of India, even gave the French a culinary lesson. His "little pies" won the Guinness Best Pub Food Award. The French in Pezenas wolf down 150,000 a year.

Indeed, Robert Clive was something of an entrepreneur and adventurer. He is rumored to have run a protection racket amongst the local shopkeepers and it is also claimed that he climbed the church tower. In later life he went on to defeat the French and thus secured the spice routes for the British empire. It is believed that he is responsible for bringing ginger spice to the town."

Here is a link to find out more about Clive of India:

"Market Drayton is the home of Gingerbread which has been baked in the town for the last 200 years. Not content with rum in their secret recipe, decadent Draytonians dunk it in port. It is reputed to have curiously restorative powers."

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