Ruyton XI Towns
Ruyton XI Towns is the only place in the world with Roman numerals in its name! In 1308, the Earl of Arundel, created the new Borough of Ruyton, within the manor of the eleven townships. All eleven towns still exist but some no more than one or two houses. In 1886 the borough status was rescinded and the name of Ruyton XI Towns was retained.
The historic castle ruins of Ruyton still stand in the churchyard after being saved by a local heritage group who have secured funding to retain this local monument which is on the “At Risk” register
The nearest town to our village is the historic market town of Oswestry from where the A5 provides easy access to Shrewsbury and the M54. To the North, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, are all within daily commuting distance. The area is good for walking and riding with a network of quiet lanes, bridleways and footpaths in stunning countryside. Nearby golf courses include Mile End, Aston, Llanymynech and Chirk.
A few miles south of Ruyton X1 towns is Nesscliffe hill which is a sandstone escarpment & now a country park with various footpaths through the woods. To the north of the hill the ramparts of an old hill fort are present. An old sandstone quarry face forms a spectacular cliff, popular for rock climbing. Cut into the cliff face is a cave reputedly the hideaway of the highwayman Humphrey Kynaston & his horse.