- Anchor, Shropshire
Anchor is a small and very remote village in
Shropshire, England, located at gbmapping|SO175851. The village is the most westerly place in Shropshire.
Anchor lies only 400m away from the border with
Wales. The B4368 road runs through the village on its way between the towns of Clun(in England) to Newtown (in Wales). The point at which the B4368 crosses over the Nant Rhuddwr(a small river that runs along this part of the English-Welsh border) into Wales is known as Anchor Bridge. Anchor is also the most westerly settlement in England on the English-Welsh border.
Anchor lies in the Clun Forest ward of
South Shropshiredistrict and in the parish of Bettws-y-Crwyn. [http://www.southshropshire.gov.uk/static/dynamic/DemServWard.asp?ward_id=E2E94071-0221-446A-AE2B-74574481E63E] The Royal Mailpostcode begins with SY7.
Anchor is on the western fringes of the
Clun Forestand to the north and northwest lies Ceri Forest. The River Clun, which flows towards Newcastle-on-Clun and on to the River Temenear Leintwardine, has its source just south of the village (at Foss y Rhess).
Land is being set aside for the building of affordable housing. [http://www.southshropshire.gov.uk/static/Documents/07_03_19_PBC_Rpt18_07_TransferlandatTheAnchor.pdf] Planning permission was granted for one affordable house at Rose Farm in 2006 and in 2008 planning approval is being sought for two affordable houses near to the Anchor Inn.
Features and attractions
At the main crossroads is the "Anchor"
public house[http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28422/Anchor_Inn/Anchor] at 385m, the second highest pub in Shropshire (the highest being in Cleehill). [ [http://www.btinternet.com/~rmoj/anchor.htm] Shropshire Real Ale Pubs] It has previously been known as the "Mermaid's Rest".
There are a number of small, disused quarries in the area. The local economy is mainly agricultural, with sheep and other livestock farms. There is an Anchor Horse Fair held in the area, usually annually.
Nearby, to the southwest, is
Bryn Amlwg Castle, the remains of an ancient castle.
* [http://www.southshropshire.gov.uk/static/page0.htm South Shropshire District Council]
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