The well-established Cotton Arms lies at the heart of the delightful village of Wrenbury. This country pub is takes its namesake from George Cotton, who was granted the land surrounding Wrenbury, following the dissolution of the Cistercian monastery in 1539.
However, the village can be traced back as long ago as 1230, when it was entered into the Doomsday Book as Wareneberie. Even earlier than this, records document that there was a monastery in Wrenbury from around 1133.
It is thought that the name, Wrenbury, translates as “old forest inhabited by wrens”. Visit Wrenbury and its surroundings and you will immediately see why this charming moniker names the village. Wrenbury village, a registered conservation area, is teeming with native British birds, flora and fauna. In spring, ox-eye daisies peep through the cowslip lining the meandering lanes. Meanwhile, in St Margaret’s church grounds, a designated area is left for wildlife, such as the native small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper and painted lady butterflies. Warblers, gold-fiches, chaffinches and robins are particularly common along the tow-paths lining the Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen Branch).
Architecturally, Wrenbury is teeming with history: from the Grade II listed St Margaret’s Church (which dates from the early 16th century) to the free school endowed by Ralph Buckley (1605); from Wrenbury Hall (alleged to have been used to shelter Parliamentary forces during the Civil War) to Telford’s timber lift-bridge on the nearby Shropshire Union Canal.
The Cotton Arms is perfectly situated for walkers, campers, nature and historical enthusiasts alike. It is also an ideal watering hole for narrow-boat and other canal users as the pub is directly accessible through a short footpath leading from the canal tow-path, near the marina.
Local Shops and Amenities
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Wrenbury Village Stores
Well stocked convenience store and post office stocking all your favourite brands including groceries, newspapers and local fresh produce.
Wrenbury Mill – Marina Services
Full marina services with shop selling boat spares, maps etc.