Church Stretton is a market town 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 community was nicknamed Little Switzerland in the late Victorian and Edwardian period for its landscape, as well as became a health resort. The regional geology includes several of the earliest rocks in England and also a noteworthy mistake is named after the town. Today, Church Stretton is a hectic market town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The mineral water removal and also bottling plant on Shrewsbury Road (known in your area as the 'Pop Works'), has been operating considering that 1883; given that 2004 it has given Princes with mineral water. It is a significant local company as is the polymer research laboratories off Essex Road, currently owned by Agilent Technologies (until 2009 by Varian). There is an assigned light industrial area in between the A49 and also the railway line, known as Crossways, with a variety of companies, much of which remain in the car trade, consisting of an independent petrol/diesel loading terminal. The community benefits from tourist, which is a development market in the location, in addition to attracting regional trade. A recent survey revealed that the town has some 50 retail outlets, 44 of which are separately had, with a varied series of shop kinds.  These consist of 2 butchers, several exterior tasks shops, a baker, a deli, numerous clothing as well as footwear shops, three banks, and two grocery stores (Co-op as well as Spar). There is a big vintages market, positioned in a former malthouse on the edge of Sandford Avenue and Easthope Road. There are 4 bars, an in addition to a variety of cafes as well as tiny dining establishments. In June 2011 the town was officially declared to be a "Fairtrade Town" with 34 companies offering fair trade products. There is a small art gallery in the previous hotel on the corner of Shrewsbury Road and Sandford Avenue. The town also has a number of specialist solutions, such as solicitors, accountants and also estate representatives, verifying its status as a local centre of service. The community continues to take advantage of its reputation as a health spa town, as well as a desirable area to live, particularly in retired life. Home prices are above the county standard and also have actually seen comparable rises in recent times to other day spa towns in the UK.