Church Stretton is a market community in Shropshire, England, 13 miles (21 km) south of Shrewsbury and also 15 miles (24 km) north of Ludlow. The population in 2011 was 4,671. The town was nicknamed Little Switzerland in the late Victorian and Edwardian period for its landscape, and ended up being a health resort. The local geology includes a few of the earliest rocks in England and a noteworthy mistake is named after the town. Today, Church Stretton is an active market community in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The mineral water removal as well as bottling plant on Shrewsbury Road (understood in your area as the 'Pop Works'), has been operating given that 1883; since 2004 it has actually supplied Princes with mineral water. It is a notable local company as is the polymer labs off Essex Roadway, presently had by Agilent Technologies (up until 2009 by Varian). There is a designated light industrial area between the A49 and the railway line, known as Crossways, with a number of organisations, most of which remain in the car trade, consisting of an independent petrol/diesel filling up station. The town gain from tourism, which is a development market in the area, as well as drawing in local trade. A recent survey revealed that the town has some 50 retail outlets, 44 of which are separately possessed, with a varied series of store types.  These include 2 butchers, several exterior activities stores, a baker, a deli, numerous garments and also footwear shops, 3 financial institutions, and also 2 grocery stores (Co-op and also Spar). There is a huge vintages market, located in a previous malthouse on the edge of Sandford Avenue and also Easthope Road. There are four clubs, an along with a number of coffee shops and tiny dining establishments. In June 2011 the community was formally declared to be a "Fairtrade Town" with 34 businesses offering fair trade items. There is a tiny art gallery in the former hotel on the corner of Shrewsbury Road and also Sandford Avenue. The town also has a number of professional solutions, such as solicitors, accounting professionals as well as estate agents, confirming its status as a neighborhood centre of organisation. The town remains to gain from its track record as a health facility community, and a desirable area to live, especially in retirement. Home rates are above the county average and have actually seen similar increases in recent times to various other medspa towns in the UK.