Located close to Shrewsbury Haughmond Hill is a small hill, that for the most part is covered in woodland. The rocky summit overlooks the countryside and the lights of Shrewsbury.

Formed in the Precambrian era, Haughmond Hill is made from some of the oldest rocks in Shropshire. The rocks date from between 570 and 700 million years ago, these are the same type of rocks found in the Long Mynd. The red sandstone has been quarried at Haughmond for centuries, and used for local construction, including Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Abbey. It will take approximately 20 years to finish the quarrying at Haughmond, by which time the landscape will be given a chance to return to it’s natural habitat.

Douglas’ Leap is a rocky summit on the hill where by the Scottish Earl of Douglas leaped in order to escape the attacks in the Battle of Shrewsbury. The Battle was watched by the wife of Henry IV of England from a small enclosure on the hill, which has today become known as Queen Eleanor’s Bower.

Haughmond Abbey was constructed at the bottom of the hill in 1100AD. The site was originally planned as a small religious community in the 11th century in the name of St John the Evangelist. The community was granted Abbey status in 1155; by the end of the 12th century twenty four canons lived there.

The Abbey thrived until it was dissolved in 1539 by Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Abbey was then converted into a private residence.

After the English Civil War a farm and small cottage were constructed on the site.

Haughmond Hill has been highlighted as a priority area for biodiversity on the basis of the large area of oak woodland, and fragmented areas of heathland, grassland and mire.

 

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