Travel by train with London Midland to Shifnal. With the town’s history dating back to Saxon times, Shifnal was once an important staging post on the London to Holyhead route and is mentioned in the Domesday book. Famous visitors include Charles Dickens, who stayed here and who featured some of the timbered buildings in ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. The character Little Nell is buried in Tong Churchyard nearby. Shifnal has many pubs and inns and a grand main street that was widened to celebrate the granting of a market charter to ShifnaI by King Henry III in the 13th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Shifnal was a key staging post with many coaches passing through, leading to some notable houses being built and no doubt a great trade at the local inns!