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Did you know that the shortest railway in Britain is the wonderful Castle Hill Railway in Bridgnorth? The line is only 201 feet, but using the funicular – the only working inland version in the country as I write and said to be the steepest – saves a testing flight of 200 steps between Bridgnorth’s High Town and Low Town.

Did you know that recent research by UCL geographers has pinpointed Apley Hall near Bridgnorth as the most likely model for P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle? As devotees of the finest series of novels in English will know, hints in the great works include the Wrekin being visible from the place; a lake in the grounds; and travelling times from both Shrewsbury and London. It doesn’t hurt the idea either that our greatest prose stylist once stayed at the Hall.

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Dilys Powell
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