Sun and Slipper, Mamble
Mamble is a village and parish in the Doddingtree hundred of Worcestershire. It is located on the A456 road between Bewdley and Tenbury Wells. Notable buildings include the 13th-century sandstone church of St John the Baptist and the 17th-century Sun & Slipper Inn.
Roman remains have been found in the area, and at the time of the Domesday Book the settlement was known as Mamele. Although agriculture was always a major industry for the inhabitants of Mamble, coal mining was also important from the 14th century onwards, and the last local pit, at Hunthouse to the south-east of the village, remained in operation until its closure in 1972. In the 1790s the Leominster Canal was opened in the area which allowed coal to be carried to Tenbury Wells and Herefordshire, but the canal was unprofitable and was closed in 1859.
The poet John Drinkwater wrote a poem about the village, called simply Mamble:
|“|| I NEVER went to Mamble
That lies above the Teme,
- Drinkwater, John, Selected Poems of John Drinkwater, pp.31-32. 'Mamble' (From Swords and Ploughshares, 1915) published 1922 Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd. London. Retrieved 21 June 2009
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