|Summit:|| 502 feet SJ542134 |
Haughmond Hill is a small, shallow hill of 502 feet in Shropshire. It is covered by woodland for the most part, although there is an open cast quarry (for stone aggregates) in use. Its proximity to the town of Shrewsbury has meant that it has become something of a forest park, with guided paths, car parking and picnic areas maintained in places.
The rocky summit overlooks countryside and Shrewsbury itself. The villages of Uffington and Upton Magna sit below and the B5062, Shrewsbury to Newport, road runs through the northern half of the woodland.
Deer can be found in the woods, which are mixed deciduous/coniferous and are to some extent used for forestry to this day.
The hill has several dubious connections with the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. Queen Eleanor's Bower is a small enclosure on the hill from which the wife of Henry IV of England supposedly watched the battle's progress. Finally, the "bosky hill" mentioned in Act V Scene i of Shakespeare's Henry IV part 1 is almost certainly Haughmond, which looms to the east of the battlefield:
How bloodily the sun begins to peer
Above yon bosky hill?
The day looks pale
At his distemperature.—Henry IV Part I