Malpas today is still growing with modern dwellings, but it has kept a lot of historic features alive.
Malpas stands on the section of the Old Roman Road (Watling Street) which ran between Chester, (named Deva by the Romans), and Wroxeter in Shropshire.
However, its origins are Norman. The first baron of Malpas, Robert Fitzhugh was given the Barony by the Earl of Chester, who aimed to strengthen his control of the English – Welsh borderlands with a series of castles.
In 1281 Malpas was granted a charter to hold a fair for three days a year and a market every Monday.
Today, the town has many interesting buildings, dating from the 17th through to the 20th century and tales to tell about those who lived and worked in them.
New buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries filled in the large open market place which stretched from the Church Steps to the High Street and as far as the Old Hall.
The surrounding countryside offers splendid panoramic views of Wales and the South Cheshire and Shropshire countryside.
The area is populated by nice friendly people, and the area is blessed by a huge diversity of wildlife, which you will encounter on your walk around the town.
The dos and don'ts of public rights of way
Walk 1 – Around the Town
Walk 2 – Heath to Heath
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