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Gnosall Town Information

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The Boat Inn, Gnosall - Photo © Andy and Hillary
The Boat Inn, Gnosall - Photo: Andy and Hillary CCL

A large village on the Shropshire Union Canal, Gnosall was mentioned as far back as the Domesday Book. The imposing Church of St Lawrence was built by the Normans on the site of a Saxon church. Norman arches have survived beneath a pinnacled tower added in the 15th century. Inside the building is the effigy of a knight. Coton Mill – now a house – is claimed to be the source of self-raising flour. Gnosall’s most famous son was the Puritan minister Rev. Adam Blackman who was born here in 1596 and went on to found the American town of Stratford Connecticut in the mid 17th century.