Grey sky contrasts sharply with the deep green lawns and brick facades of most of the buildings in view.
In the north-west of England, red brick cladding is extremely popular. The town of Whitchurch in Shropshire is no exception. It lies only three kilometres from the border between England and Wales, so information boards in the area are, in addition to English, also in a language that most Londoners would not understand, let alone Slovaks.
Whitchurch, population 10,000, is not a place where tourists go on holiday. On the contrary, it gives the impression of a quiet town, which it is still difficult to get to even by taxi.