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Holiday lets at Foundry Cottages:

Two charming cottages right on the banks of the River Severn.  An easy walk to the Woodbridge pub at Coalport, a longer walk to the Forester Arms, but you will have deserved your pint!  Enjoy canoeing, cycling, walking, fishing (by appointment) in the historic Ironbridge gorge.  Just 2km from the world heritage site of Ironbridge and 4km from the picturesque towns of Bridgnorth, Broseley and Much Wenlock.

Shepherds Huts:

‘Poplar Hut’ situated in the Walled gardens in the historic village of Willey – a peaceful, and idyllic off-grid retreat in lovely countryside with easy access to Ironbridge, Much Wenlock, Broseley and Bridgnorth. ‘Cedar Hut’ situated in a lovely elevated position at Barrow, with views of the surrounding countryside and easy access to Ironbridge, Much Wenlock, Broseley and Bridgnorth.


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With what is thought to be the longest running Game Book in England, possibly Europe, it is understandable that the family want to preserve the unbroken record of shooting on the Willey Estate (since 1825).  There are now 5 shoots on the Estate – the Shirlett shoot specialises in mixed pheasant and partridge shooting as well as simulated game days and can be contacted on 07966 839 244.  The Willey Park shoot, noted for its extremely sporting birds, stunning countryside, and excellent hospitality. Let days of 150-250 birds.  The other three are private syndicates.

There are also several fishing clubs and syndicates who rent lakes and a section of the river Severn.  Most of these are coarse fisheries, but there is also a fly fishing club with occasional vacancies.

There are increasing numbers of deer on the Estate, which means that private stalking is now also available with a professional stalker. Enquire at the Estate office.



The Estate was acquired in the seventeenth century largely for it’s minerals – coal, clay, and iron ore – an astute move as the estate was to play an important part in suppling minerals to support the emerging Industrial Revolution some hundred years later.

The many bell pits scattered around the woods, and shallow mine workings on the outskirts of Broseley indicate much earlier mining.  It continues at this current time with significant buff and red brick clay deposits being worked, supplying much needed raw material into the construction industry.