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SHROPSHIRE (/ˈʃrɒpʃər/ or /ˈʃrɒpʃɪər/ ; alternatively SALOP; abbreviated, in print only, SHROPS; demonym SALOPIAN /səˈloʊpjən/ ) is a county in the West Midlands of England, bordering Powys and Wrexham
Wrexham
in Wales
Wales
to the west and north-west, Cheshire
Cheshire
to the north, Staffordshire
Staffordshire
to the east, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to the south-east and Herefordshire
Herefordshire
to the south. Shropshire Council was created in 2009, a unitary authority taking over from the previous county council and five district councils. The borough of Telford and Wrekin has been a separate unitary authority since 1998 but continues to be included in the ceremonial county .

The county's population and economy is centred on five towns: the county town of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
, which is culturally and historically important and close to the centre of the county; Telford , a new town in the east which was constructed around a number of older towns, most notably Wellington , Dawley and Madeley , which is today the most populous; and Oswestry
Oswestry
in the north-west, Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
just to the south of Telford, and Ludlow
Ludlow
in the south. The county has many market towns , including Whitchurch in the north, Newport north-east of Telford and Market Drayton in the north-east of the county.

The Ironbridge Gorge area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
, covering Ironbridge , Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley . There are other historic industrial sites in the county, such as at Shrewsbury, Broseley , Snailbeach
Snailbeach
and Highley , as well as the Shropshire
Shropshire
Union Canal .

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers about a quarter of the county, mainly in the south. Shropshire
Shropshire
is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties, with a population density of 136/km2 (350/sq mi). The Wrekin is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the county, though the highest hills are the Clee Hills
Clee Hills
, Stiperstones
Stiperstones
and the Long Mynd . Wenlock Edge is another significant geographical and geological landmark. In the low-lying northwest of the county overlapping the border with Wales
Wales
is the Fenn\'s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve , one of the most important and best preserved bogs in Britain. The River Severn
River Severn
, Great Britain's longest river, runs through the county, exiting into Worcestershire
Worcestershire
via the Severn Valley . Shropshire
Shropshire
is landlocked and with an area of 3,487 square kilometres (1,346 sq mi) is England's largest inland county.

The county flower is the round-leaved sundew .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Etymology * 1.2 County extent

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 North Shropshire * 2.2 South Shropshire * 2.3 Natural regions * 2.4 Climate
Climate
* 2.5 Geology * 2.6 Statistical

* 3 Emblems

* 3.1 Shropshire
Shropshire
county flag * 3.2 Shropshire
Shropshire
coat of arms * 3.3 Shropshire
Shropshire
county flower, round-leaved sundew * 3.4 Shropshire
Shropshire
Day, 23 February * 3.5 Shropshire
Shropshire
motto, Floreat Salopia

* 4 Towns and villages

* 5 Politics

* 5.1 Parliamentary constituencies * 5.2 Divisions and environs * 5.3 Local government 1974–2009 * 5.4 2009 restructuring * 5.5 Political control of councils

* 6 Transport

* 7 Economy

* 7.1 Statistics

* 8 Education * 9 Places of interest * 10 Famous people * 11 Cultural references

* 12 Sport

* 12.1 Football * 12.2 Other sports

* 13 See also * 14 References * 15 External links

HISTORY

Main article: History of Shropshire
History of Shropshire
Section of Offa\'s Dyke near the Shropshire
Shropshire
town of Clun
Clun
, constructed after the Saxon annexation of the area in the 8th century AD.

The area was once part of the lands of the Cornovii , which consisted of the modern day counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, north Staffordshire, north Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and eastern parts of Powys. This was a tribal Celtic iron age kingdom. Their capital in pre-Roman times was probably a hill fort on the Wrekin . Ptolemy
Ptolemy
's 2nd century Geography names one of their towns as being Viroconium Cornoviorum ( Wroxeter
Wroxeter
), which became their capital under Roman rule and one of the largest settlements in Britain. After the Roman occupation of Britain ended in the 5th century, the Shropshire
Shropshire
area was in the eastern part of the Welsh Kingdom of Powys ; known in Welsh poetry as the Paradise of Powys. It was annexed to the Angle kingdom of Mercia by King Offa in the 8th century, at which time he built two significant dykes there to defend his territory against the Welsh or at least demarcate it. In subsequent centuries, the area suffered repeated Danish invasion, and fortresses were built at Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
and Chirbury .

After the Norman conquest in 1066, major estates in Shropshire
Shropshire
were granted to Normans, including Roger de Montgomerie , who ordered significant constructions, particularly in Shrewsbury, the town of which he was Earl . Many defensive castles were built at this time across the county to defend against the Welsh and enable effective control of the region, including Ludlow
Ludlow
Castle and Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Castle . The western frontier with Wales
Wales
was not finally determined until the 14th century. Also in this period, a number of religious foundations were formed, the county largely falling at this time under the Diocese of Hereford and that of Coventry
Coventry
and Lichfield . Some parishes in the north-west of the county in later times fell under the Diocese of St. Asaph until the disestablishment of the Church in Wales in 1920, when they were ceded to the Lichfield diocese.

The county was a central part of the Welsh Marches
Welsh Marches
during the medieval period and was often embroiled in the power struggles between powerful Marcher Lords , the Earls of March and successive monarchs.

The county contains a number of historically significant towns, including Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
and Ludlow
Ludlow
(which was the seat of the Council of Wales
Wales
and the Marches ). Additionally, the area around Coalbrookdale in the county is seen as highly significant, as it is regarded as one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
. The village of Edgmond , near Newport , is the location of the lowest recorded temperature (in terms of weather) in England
England
and Wales. The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge
at Ironbridge .

ETYMOLOGY

The origin of the name "Shropshire" is the Old English Scrobbesbyrigscīr, which means "Shrewsburyshire ". The name may, therefore, be derived indirectly from a personal name such as Scrope (also spelt Scrobbe).

Salop is an old name for Shropshire, historically used as an abbreviated form for post or telegrams, it is thought to derive from the Anglo-French "Salopesberia". It is normally replaced by the more contemporary "Shrops" although Shropshire
Shropshire
residents are still referred to as "Salopians". Salop however is also used as an alternative name for the county town, Shrewsbury, which also shares the motto of Floreat Salopia.

When a county council for the county was first established in 1889, it was called Salop County Council. Following the Local Government Act 1972 , Salop became the official name of the county, but a campaign led by a local councillor, John Kenyon, succeeded in having both the county and council renamed as Shropshire
Shropshire
in 1980. This took effect from 1 April of that year.

COUNTY EXTENT

The border with Wales
Wales
was defined in the 16th century – the hundreds of Oswestry
Oswestry
(including Oswestry
Oswestry
) and Pimhill (including Wem ) and part of Chirbury had prior to the Laws in Wales
Wales
Act formed various Lordships in the Welsh Marches
Welsh Marches
.

The present day ceremonial county boundary is almost the same as the historic one. Notably there has been the removal of several exclaves and enclaves . The largest of the exclaves was Halesowen
Halesowen
, which became part of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
in 1844 (now part of the West Midlands county), and the largest of the enclaves was Herefordshire's Farlow in South Shropshire, also transferred in 1844, to Shropshire. Alterations have been made on Shropshire's border with all neighbouring English counties over the centuries. Gains have been made to the south of Ludlow
Ludlow
(from Herefordshire), to the north of Shifnal (from Staffordshire) and to the north (from Cheshire) and south (from Staffordshire) of Market Drayton. The county has lost land in two places – to Staffordshire
Staffordshire
and Worcestershire.

GEOGRAPHY

Geographically, Shropshire
Shropshire
is divisible into two distinct halves – north and south. The county has a highly diverse geology . The West Midlands green belt extends into eastern Shropshire, covering an area north from Highley , to the east of Bridgnorth, north to the eastern side of Telford, leaving Shropshire
Shropshire
eastwards alongside the A5. This encompasses Shifnal , Cosford and Albrighton , and various other villages paralleling Dudley
Dudley
and Wolverhampton.

NORTH SHROPSHIRE

River Severn
River Severn
, seen here in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
, is the primary watercourse in the county.

The North Shropshire Plain is an extension of the flat and fertile Cheshire
Cheshire
Plain . It is here that most of the county's large towns, and population, are to be found. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
at the centre, Oswestry
Oswestry
to the north west, Whitchurch to the north, Market Drayton to the north east, and Newport and the Telford conurbation (Telford, Wellington , Oakengates , Donnington and Shifnal) to the east. The land is fertile and agriculture remains a major feature of the landscape and the economy. The River Severn
River Severn
runs through the lower half of this area (from Wales
Wales
in the west, eastwards), through Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and down the Ironbridge Gorge , before heading south to Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
.

The area around Oswestry
Oswestry
has more rugged geography than the North Shropshire
Shropshire
Plain and the western half is over an extension of the Wrexham
Wrexham
Coalfield and there are also copper deposits on the border with Wales
Wales
. Mining of stone and sand aggregates is still going on in Mid- Shropshire
Shropshire
, notably on Haughmond Hill , near Bayston Hill
Bayston Hill
, and around the village of Condover . Lead mining also took place at Snailbeach
Snailbeach
and the Stiperstones
Stiperstones
, but this has now ceased. Other primary industries, such as forestry and fishing, are to be found too. The Wrekin is a prominent geographical feature located in the east of the county.

The A5 and M54 run from Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
(to the east of the county) across to Telford, around Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
parallel to the line of Watling Street , an ancient trackway . The A5 then turns north west to Oswestry, before heading north into Wales
Wales
in the Wrexham
Wrexham
area. This is an important artery and the corridor is where most of Shropshire's modern commerce and industry is found, notably in Telford new town. There are also a number of railway lines crossing over the area, which centre at Shrewsbury. To the south west of Telford, near the Ironbridge Gorge, is Ironbridge Power Station .

The new town of Telford is built partly on a former industrial area centred on the East Shropshire
Shropshire
Coalfield as well as on former agricultural land. There are still many ex-colliery sites to be found in the area, as well as disused mine shafts. This industrial heritage is an important tourist attraction, as is seen by the growth of museums in the Ironbridge , Coalbrookdale , Broseley and Jackfield area. Blists Hill
Blists Hill
museum and historical ( Victorian era
Victorian era
) village is a major tourist attraction as well as the Iron Bridge itself. In addition, Telford Steam Railway runs from Horsehay .

SOUTH SHROPSHIRE

For information specifically on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty , see SHROPSHIRE HILLS AONB . St Leonard's Church is a prominent historical landmark in Bridgnorth.

South Shropshire is more rural, with fewer settlements and no large towns, and its landscape differs greatly from that of North Shropshire. The area is dominated by significant hill ranges and river valleys, woods, pine forests and "batches", a colloquial term for small valleys and other natural features. Farming is more pastoral than the arable found in the north of the county. The only substantial towns are Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
, with a population of around 12,000 people, Ludlow
Ludlow
and Church Stretton . The Shropshire Hills AONB is located in the south-west, covering an area of 810 km2 (312 sq mi); it forms the only specifically protected area of the county. Inside this area is the popular Long Mynd , a large plateau of 516 m (1,693 ft) and Stiperstones
Stiperstones
536 metres (1,759 ft) high to the East of the Long Mynd , overlooking Church Stretton . The skyline of Ludlow
Ludlow
, one of south Shropshire's market towns, dominated by its sizeable castle and church.

The A49 is the main road through the area, running north to south, from Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
to Herefordshire
Herefordshire
. A railway line runs through the area on the same route as the A49 with stations at Church Stretton, Craven Arms
Craven Arms
and Ludlow. The steam heritage Severn Valley Railway runs from Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
into Worcestershire
Worcestershire
along the Severn Valley .

Because of its valley location and character, Church Stretton is sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland . Nearby are the old mining and quarrying communities on the Clee Hills
Clee Hills
, notable geological features in the Onny Valley and Wenlock Edge and fertile farmland in the Corve Dale . The River Teme
River Teme
drains this part of the county, before flowing into Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to the south and joining the River Severn.

One of the Clee Hills, the Brown Clee Hill , is the county's highest peak at 540 metres (1,772 ft). This gives Shropshire
Shropshire
the 13th tallest hill per county in England.

South West Shropshire
Shropshire
is a little-known and remote part of the county, with Clun
Clun
Forest , Offa\'s Dyke , the River Clun
Clun
and the River Onny . The small towns of Clun
Clun
and Bishop\'s Castle are in this area. The countryside here is very rural and is in parts wild and forested. To the south of Clun
Clun
is the Welsh border town of Knighton .

NATURAL REGIONS

The landscape of the Long Mynd , to the west of Church Stretton .

Natural England
England
recognised the following national character areas that lie wholly or partially within Shropshire:

* Shropshire Hills * Shropshire
Shropshire
and Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Plain * Oswestry
Oswestry
Uplands * Mid Severn Sandstone Plateau * Teme Valley * Herefordshire
Herefordshire
Lowlands * Clun
Clun
and North West Herefordshire
Herefordshire
Hills * Whixall Moss

CLIMATE

The climate of Shropshire
Shropshire
is moderate. Rainfall averages 760 to 1,000 mm (30 to 40 in), influenced by being in the rainshadow of the Cambrian Mountains
Cambrian Mountains
from warm, moist frontal systems of the Atlantic Ocean which bring generally light precipitation in Autumn and Spring. The hilly areas in the south and west are much colder in the winter, due to their high elevation, they share a similar climate to that of the Welsh Marches
Welsh Marches
and Mid- Wales
Wales
. The flat northern plain in the north and east has a similar climate to that of the rest of the West Midlands .

Being rural and inland, temperatures can fall more dramatically on clear winter nights than in many other parts of England. It was at Harper Adams University , in Edgmond , where on 10 January 1982 the lowest temperature weather record for England
England
was broken (and is kept to this day): -26.1 °C.

The only Met Office weather station in the county is located at Shawbury , which is in the north, between Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Market Drayton . Harper Adams University , where on 10 January 1982 the coldest temperature ever in England
England
was recorded.

CLIMATE DATA FOR SHAWBURY

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7.2 (45) 7.5 (45.5) 10.1 (50.2) 12.7 (54.9) 16.0 (60.8) 18.8 (65.8) 21.0 (69.8) 20.6 (69.1) 17.9 (64.2) 13.9 (57) 10.0 (50) 7.2 (45) 13.58 (56.44)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 0.8 (33.4) 0.6 (33.1) 2.3 (36.1) 3.5 (38.3) 6.5 (43.7) 9.3 (48.7) 11.3 (52.3) 11.1 (52) 9.1 (48.4) 6.3 (43.3) 3.2 (37.8) 0.9 (33.6) 5.41 (41.73)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 56.3 (2.217) 39.0 (1.535) 46.5 (1.831) 49.1 (1.933) 53.5 (2.106) 53.4 (2.102) 53.9 (2.122) 59.4 (2.339) 57.2 (2.252) 67.8 (2.669) 61.5 (2.421) 62.3 (2.453) 659.9 (25.98)

Source #1: Met Office

Source #2: Met Office - RAF Shawbury (1971–2000 averages) RAF Shawbury is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) NE of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
, and 12 miles (19 km) NW of Telford .

GEOLOGY

Main article: Geology of Shropshire Road near Rockhill .

Shropshire
Shropshire
has a huge range of different types of rocks, stretching from the Precambrian
Precambrian
until the Holocene
Holocene
. In the northern part of the county there are examples of Jurassic
Jurassic
, Carboniferous
Carboniferous
, Permian
Permian
and Triassic
Triassic
. Centrally, Precambrian, Cambrian
Cambrian
, Ordovician
Ordovician
, Carboniferous
Carboniferous
and Permian
Permian
predominate. And in the south it is predominantly Silurian
Silurian
and Quaternary . Shropshire
Shropshire
has a number of areas with Silurian
Silurian
and Ordivician rocks, where a number of shells , corals and trilobites can be found. Mortimer Forest and Wenlock Edge are examples where a number of fossils can be found.

STATISTICAL

For Eurostat
Eurostat
purposes, the county (less the unitary district of Telford and Wrekin ) is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG22). The two Shropshire
Shropshire
unitary areas (covering all of the ceremonial county), together with the authorities covering the ceremonial county of Staffordshire, comprise the " Shropshire
Shropshire
and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region .

EMBLEMS

SHROPSHIRE COUNTY FLAG

The Shropshire
Shropshire
county flag , officially adopted in 2012

The Shropshire
Shropshire
county flag was registered with the Flag Institute
Flag Institute
in March 2012. It shows three leopard heads ('loggerheads') on a gold and blue background. Main article: Flag of Shropshire
Flag of Shropshire

SHROPSHIRE COAT OF ARMS

Shropshire's blazon is erminois , three pile azure , two issuant from the chief and one in base, each charged with a leopard 's face. The arms were officially granted on June 18, 1896 and continued by the new authority in 2009. The heads are often referred to as "the loggerheads". This is thought to originate from the practice of carving a leopard head as a motif on the head of the log used as a battering ram .

SHROPSHIRE COUNTY FLOWER, ROUND-LEAVED SUNDEW

Drosera rotundifolia , Shropshire's county flower

In a national poll in 2002 conducted by Plantlife International , the round-leaved sundew (drosera rotundifolia) was chosen as Shropshire's county flower. The round-leaved sundew is a crimson -coloured insectivorous plant that requires a boggy habitat . Due to habitat loss its range is now dramatically reduced and Shropshire's Longmynd is one of the few areas in England
England
where it can now be found.

SHROPSHIRE DAY, 23 FEBRUARY

Shropshire's county day is on 23 February, the feast day of St Milburga , abbess of Wenlock Priory
Wenlock Priory
. St Milburga was the daughter of Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
king Merewalh , who founded the abbey within his sub-kingdom of Magonsæte . The town adjoining the priory is now known as Much Wenlock , and lies within the boundaries of the modern county of Shropshire.

SHROPSHIRE MOTTO, FLOREAT SALOPIA

Shropshire's motto is Floreat Salopia, meaning "May Shropshire flourish".

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Further information: List of places in Shropshire , Category:Towns in Shropshire
Shropshire
, and Category:Villages in Shropshire
Shropshire

Shropshire
Shropshire
has no cities , but 22 towns, of which two can be considered major. Telford is the largest town in the county with a population of 138,241 (which is approximately 30% of the total Salopian populace); whereas the county town of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
has a lower, but still sizeable population of 71,715 (15%). The other sizeable towns are Oswestry
Oswestry
, Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
, Newport and Ludlow
Ludlow
. The historic town of Wellington now makes up part of the Telford conurbation. The majority of the other settlements can be classed as villages or small towns such as Much Wenlock . Several villages have larger populations than the smallest town, Clun
Clun
. The largest of these, Bayston Hill
Bayston Hill
, is the 10th most inhabited settlement in the county. The names of several villages close to the border are of Welsh origin, such as Gobowen and Selattyn .

The larger settlements are primarily concentrated in a central belt that roughly follows the A5 /M54 roadway. Other settlements are concentrated on rivers, for example Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
and Ironbridge on the Severn, or Ludlow
Ludlow
on the Teme, as these waterways were historically vital for trade and a supply of water.

Telford

Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury

Oswestry
Oswestry

Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
CEREMONIAL COUNTY OF SHROPSHIRE Telford and Wrekin shown within

Rivers , Motorways, \'A\' Roads , Settlements LARGEST SETTLEMENTS (BY POPULATION):

TELFORD (138,241) SHREWSBURY (71,715) Oswestry
Oswestry
(15,613) Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
(12,212) Newport (10,814) Ludlow
Ludlow
(10,500) Market Drayton (10,407) Whitchurch (8,907) Shifnal (7,094) Bayston Hill
Bayston Hill
(village) (5,079) Wem (5,142) Broseley (4,912) Church Stretton (4,671) Albrighton (village) (4,157) Pontesbury (village) (3,500) Ellesmere (3,223) Prees (village) (2,688) Much Wenlock (2,605) Craven Arms
Craven Arms
(2,289) Cleobury Mortimer (1,962) Bishop\'s Castle (1,630) Ruyton-XI-Towns (village) (1,500) Baschurch (village) (1,475) Clun
Clun
(680)

Newport

Ludlow
Ludlow

Market Drayton

Whitchurch

The town of Telford was created by the merger and expansion of older, small towns to the north and east of The Wrekin . These towns now have sizeable populations that now make up the population of Telford: Wellington (20,430), Madeley (17,935), Dawley (11,399) and Oakengates (8,517), but the Telford and Wrekin borough towns incentive aims to make Oakengates into the largest of the towns.

POLITICS

See also: Shropshire local elections and Telford and Wrekin local elections Election results 2001 Election results 2005 now coextensive with the South area committee except for the part covered by the Wrekin constituency) * Daniel Kawczynski , Conservative, Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham (covering the former Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham district; now coextensive with the Central area committee) * Mark Pritchard , Conservative, The Wrekin (covering Telford and Wrekin borough, minus Telford, and including a small area of the former Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
district/South area committee)

CONSTITUENCY 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015

Ludlow CON Christopher Gill LD Matthew Green CON PHILIP DUNNE

North Shropshire CON John Biffen CON OWEN PATERSON

Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
color:; border:1px solid #000000; text-align:center;"> CON Derek Conway LAB Paul Marsden LD Paul Marsden CON DANIEL KAWCZYNSKI

Telford LAB Bruce Grocott* LAB Bruce Grocott LAB DAVID WRIGHT CON LUCY ALLAN

The Wrekin LAB Peter Bradley CON MARK PRITCHARD

* Note (*), The Wrekin (historic UK Parliament constituency) was split at the 1997 election.

DIVISIONS AND ENVIRONS

See also: List of civil parishes in Shropshire Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
is Shropshire's county town and seat of Shropshire Council .

Most of the ceremonial county of Shropshire
Shropshire
is covered for purposes of local government by Shropshire Council , a unitary authority established in 2009. Telford and Wrekin is a unitary authority, with borough status , which forms part of the county for various functions such as Lord Lieutenant but is a separate local authority from Shropshire
Shropshire
Council. However many services are shared across both authorities, such as the fire and rescue service , and the two authorities co-operate on some projects such as mapping flood risk. The whole county (including Telford and Wrekin ) is served by the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service .

The new unitary authority for Shropshire, Shropshire Council , divides the county into three areas, each with its own area committee : North, Central and South. These area committees deal with town and country planning matters.

With the parishing of the formerly unparished area of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
in 2008, the entire ceremonial county is now parished . The sizes of parishes varies enormously in terms of area covered and population resident. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
is the most populous parish in the county (and one of the most populous in England) with over 70,000 residents, whilst Boscobel
Boscobel
is the smallest parish in Shropshire
Shropshire
by geographical area and by population, with just 12 residents according to the 2001 census. The smaller parishes (with populations of less than 200) usually have a joint parish council with one or more neighbouring parishes, or in some instances, have a parish meeting (such as in Sibdon Carwood ). The urban area of Telford is divided into many parishes, each covering a particular suburb, some of which are historic villages or towns (such as Madeley ). The parish remains an important sub-division and tier of local government in both unitary authority areas of Shropshire. ‹ The template below (Geographic location ) is being considered for deletion. See templates for discussion to help reach a consensus. ›

NEIGHBOURING COUNTIES

Wrexham
Wrexham
/ Clwyd Cheshire
Cheshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire

Powys

Staffordshire
Staffordshire

SHROPSHIRE

Powys Herefordshire
Herefordshire
Worcestershire
Worcestershire

LOCAL GOVERNMENT 1974–2009

The ceremonial county prior to the 2009 local government restructuring, with just Telford & Wrekin as a unitary authority (shown yellow)

In 1974 the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire
Shropshire
was constituted, covering the entire county. There was a two-tier system of local government, constituting a county council (as the upper tier) and six district councils – Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
, North Shropshire , Oswestry
Oswestry
, Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham , South Shropshire and The Wrekin . In 1998 The Wrekin became a unitary authority , administratively separate from the county council, and became Telford and Wrekin. The two-tier structure remained in the remainder of the county and was the least populated two-tier area in England.

Oswestry
Oswestry
and Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
"> Shropshire's shirehall is located opposite Lord Hill\'s Column .

In 2006 a local government white paper supported proposals for new unitary authorities to be set up in England
England
in certain areas. Existing non-metropolitan counties with small populations, such as Cornwall
Cornwall
, Northumberland
Northumberland
and Shropshire, were favoured by the government to be covered by unitary authorities in one form or another (the county either becoming a single unitary authority, or be broken into a number of unitary authorities). For the counties in the 2009 reorganisation, existing unitary authority areas within the counties' ceremonial boundaries (such as Telford and Wrekin) were not to be affected and no boundary changes were planned.

Shropshire
Shropshire
County Council, supported by South Shropshire District Council and Oswestry
Oswestry
Borough Council, proposed to the government that the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire
Shropshire
become a single unitary authority. This was opposed by the other 3 districts in the county, with Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Telford and Wrekin Council has been under Labour control since 2011.

TRANSPORT

Montgomery Canal
Montgomery Canal
at Maesbury Marsh . See also: Railways of Shropshire
Shropshire
The direct InterCity from Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
to London Euston with a DVT and mailbags delivering the Royal Mail
Royal Mail
at a time when British Rail
British Rail
ran the network.

Shropshire
Shropshire
is connected to the rest of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
via a number of road and rail links. Historically, rivers and later canals in the county were used for transport also, although their use in transport is now significantly reduced. The county's main transport hub is Shrewsbury, through which many significant roads and railways pass and join.

Canals in Britain were originally constructed for the transport of goods, but are now mainly used for leisure. In northern Shropshire three canals with a total navigable length of 41 miles (66 km) are managed by the Canal "> The M54 Motorway runs through the east of the county, as far as Wellington .

Major roads in the county include the M54 motorway , which connects Shropshire
Shropshire
to the rest of the motorway network, and more specifically to the West Midlands county
West Midlands county
. The A5 also runs through the county, in an east-west direction. The road formerly ran through Shrewsbury, although a large dual-carriageway bypass has since been built. Other major trunk roads in the county include the north-south A49 , the A53 and the A41 .

There are a number of major railway lines running through the county, including the Welsh Marches
Welsh Marches
Line , the Heart of Wales
Wales
Line , the Cambrian
Cambrian
Line , the Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
to Chester Line and the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Line , as well as heritage railways including the well established Severn Valley Railway . The Cambrian
Cambrian
Heritage Railway exists in Oswestry
Oswestry
. The three train operating companies working in the county are London Midland , Arriva Trains Wales
Wales
and Virgin Trains . A new company, Wrexham
Wrexham
the Elan aqueduct running through South Shropshire
Shropshire
carrying water from Elan Valley to Birmingham
Birmingham
and the Vyrnwy Aqueduct running through North Shropshire delivering water from Lake Vyrnwy to Liverpool
Liverpool
.

ECONOMY

The Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
's Defence Helicopter Flying School is based at RAF Shawbury. Shrewsbury's town centre contains the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres, as well as more traditional historic retail areas. Telford Plaza in Telford Town Centre .

The economy of Shropshire
Shropshire
was traditionally dominated by agriculture. However, in more recent years it has become more service orientated. The county town of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
, the historic castle-dominated Ludlow
Ludlow
, the International Olympic Movement's birthplace Much Wenlock and the industrial birthplace of Ironbridge Gorge are the foremost tourist areas in Shropshire, along with the restored canal network which provides narrowboat holidays on the Shropshire Union Canal and other canals in the region, although the natural beauty of the county draws people to all areas.

Industry is mostly found in Telford , Oswestry
Oswestry
, Whitchurch , Market Drayton and Shrewsbury, though small industrial estates can be found in most of the market towns as well as former airfields in rural areas. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
is becoming a centre for distribution and warehousing, as it is located on a nodal point of the regional road network.

In Telford, a new rail freight facility has been built at Donnington with the future goal of extending the line to Stafford
Stafford
, this is hoped it would open the freight terminal up to the East Midlands
East Midlands
and the north, plus also re-connect Newport to the rail network.

Telford and Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
are the county's two main retail centres, with contrasting styles of shopping – Shrewsbury's largely historic streets and Telford's large modern mall, Telford Shopping Centre . Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
also has two medium-sized shopping centres, the indoor "Pride Hill" and "Darwin " centres (both located on Pride Hill), and a smaller, partially covered, "Riverside Mall". Shrewsbury's situation of being the nearest substantial town for those in a large area of mid- Wales
Wales
helps it draw in considerable numbers of shoppers, notably on Saturday.

Well-known companies in Shropshire
Shropshire
include Müller Dairy (UK) Ltd in Market Drayton . The Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
have two bases at RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury , and the charity PDSA has its head office in Priorslee , Telford.

STATISTICS

Below is the chart of regional gross value added for the non-metropolitan county (that is, excluding Telford "> Shrewsbury School , with its boathouse on the River Severn
River Severn
in the foreground. See also: List of schools in Shropshire

The Shropshire Council area has a completely comprehensive education system, whilst in the borough of Telford and Wrekin there are two selective schools, both of which are located in Newport — these are the Adams\' Grammar School and Newport Girls\' High School (both of which are ranked within the top thirty schools in the country). In Telford itself is the Thomas Telford School , ranked as one of the best comprehensive schools in England.

Some Shropshire
Shropshire
children attend schools in Wales
Wales
, including Llanfyllin High School .

The county has many independent schools, including Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
School , which Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
attended, and Oswestry
Oswestry
School , which was founded in 1407.

There are three sixth-form colleges located in Shropshire: the New College, Telford , Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Sixth Form College and Ludlow
Ludlow
College . Adams' Grammar and Newport Girls' High Schools both provide sixth-form education as well as secondary education.

There are also two institutions of higher education in Shropshire, the Telford campus of the University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
and in Edgmond , near Newport, Harper Adams University , which formerly offered mostly agriculture-based degrees but is expanding its range of provision. A third higher education institution is planned to be created in Shrewsbury, which will be a campus of the University of Chester
University of Chester
.

In Ironbridge, the University of Birmingham
Birmingham
operates the Ironbridge Institute in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust , which offers postgraduate and professional development courses in heritage.

Shropshire
Shropshire
has the highest educational attainment in the West Midlands region .

* v * t * e

Schools in Shropshire
Shropshire
(including Telford and Wrekin )

SECONDARY

* Abraham Darby Academy * Belvidere School * Bishop\'s Castle Community College * Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
Endowed School * Burton Borough School * Charlton School * Church Stretton School * The Corbet School * Ercall Wood Technology College
Ercall Wood Technology College
* The Grange School * Hadley Learning Community
Hadley Learning Community
* Holy Trinity Academy * Idsall School * Lacon Childe School * Lakelands Academy * Ludlow
Ludlow
Church of England
England
School * Madeley Academy * The Marches School * Mary Webb School * Meole Brace School * Oldbury Wells School * The Priory School * St Martin\'s School * Sir John Talbot’s School * Sundorne School * Telford Langley School * Telford Park School * Telford Priory School * Thomas Telford School * William Brookes School

GRAMMAR

* Adams\' Grammar School * Newport Girls High School

INDEPENDENT (PREPARATORY)

* Castle House School * Moor Park School * Packwood Haugh School * Prestfelde School

INDEPENDENT (SENIOR)

* Adcote School for Girls * Concord College * Ellesmere College * Moreton Hall School * Oswestry
Oswestry
School * Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
High School * Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
School * Wrekin College

SIXTH FORM COLLEGES

* Ludlow
Ludlow
College * New College Telford * Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Sixth Form College

FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES

* Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
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* Harper Adams University * University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
* University Centre Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury

DEFUNCT

* Wakeman School

PLACES OF INTEREST

* Adcote nr. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
* Aqualate Hall , Newport * Attingham Park , Atcham * Benthall Hall , Broseley * Blists Hill
Blists Hill
, Madeley * Boscobel
Boscobel
House , nr. Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
* Broseley Pipe Museum , Broseley * Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
Cliff Railway , Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
* Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
Castle , Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
* Brown Clee Hill , South Shropshire * Burford House * Caer Caradoc , nr. Church Stretton * Cambrian
Cambrian
Heritage Railway , Oswestry
Oswestry
and Llynclys * Chetwynd Park , Newport * Cardingmill Valley , Church Stretton * Clun
Clun
Castle , Clun
Clun
* Flounder\'s Folly , nr. Craven Arms
Craven Arms
* Fordhall castle and farm

* Haughmond Hill , nr. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury

* Haughmond Abbey

* Hawkstone Park , North Shropshire * Hopton Castle
Hopton Castle
, nr. Craven Arms
Craven Arms
* Ironbridge Gorge * Kynaston\'s Cave , nr. Nesscliffe * Langley Chapel , nr. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
* The Long Mynd , Church Stretton

* Ludlow
Ludlow
Castle , Ludlow
Ludlow
* Mitchell\'s Fold , nr. Chirbury * Moreton Corbet Castle , Moreton Corbet * Newport Guildhall , Newport * Offa\'s Dyke Path , Welsh Marches
Welsh Marches
* Puleston Cross , Newport * Severn Valley Railway , Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
* Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Abbey , Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
* Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Castle , Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
* Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB ), South Shropshire
Shropshire
* Shropshire Union Canal * Snailbeach
Snailbeach
nr. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
* South Telford Heritage Trail , Telford * St Laurence Church, Ludlow
Ludlow
* The Stiperstones
Stiperstones
, nr Pontesbury * Stokesay Castle , nr Craven Arms
Craven Arms
* Sunnycroft , Wellington * Telford Steam Railway , Telford * Titterstone Clee Hill , nr. Ludlow
Ludlow

* Wenlock Edge , Much Wenlock

* Wenlock Priory
Wenlock Priory

* White Ladies Priory
White Ladies Priory
* Whittington Castle
Whittington Castle
, nr. Oswestry
Oswestry
* The Wrekin (and Ercall ) nr. Wellington * Wroxeter
Wroxeter
, nr. Atcham

Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Castle Attingham Park Mansion

FAMOUS PEOPLE

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
(1809–82), whose theory of evolution by natural selection is the foundation of modern biological sciences Clive of India statue in Shrewsbury's Square

* Abraham Darby , early industrialist * Adrian Jones , sculptor of the Quadriga at Hyde Park Corner * Alison Williamson , of Church Stretton , Archery Olympic bronze medalist * Amy Bagshaw , an international gymnast , forced to retire early due to injury. * Barbara Pym , novelist * Billy Wright , Born in Ironbridge, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
Wanderers football player as well as England
England
captain * Charles Babbage , early computing pioneer (lived at Dudmaston Hall ) * Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
, eminent naturalist * Chris Hawkins (of Loppington), radio presenter, DJ * Craig Phillips of Newport, winner of Big Brother 2000 * The Lords and Ladies Craven , historically residing in Stokesay Castle * David Edwards , footballer (born in Shrewsbury), Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C "> A 1984 film adaptation of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
was filmed in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
. Scrooge's fictional grave remains in the churchyard of St. Chad\'s Church.

* Shropshire
Shropshire
has been depicted and mentioned in a number of works of literature. The poet A. E. Housman used Shropshire
Shropshire
as the setting for many of the poems in his first book, A Shropshire Lad , and many of Malcolm Saville 's children's books are set in Shropshire. Additionally, D. H. Lawrence 's novella, St. Mawr, is partially set in the Longmynd area of South Shropshire . * The early twentieth century novelist and poet Mary Webb was born in Shropshire
Shropshire
and lived most of her life there, and all her novels are set there, most notably Precious Bane , with its powerful evocation of the Shropshire
Shropshire
countryside. A school in Pontesbury bears her name. * In Susanna Clarke 's Jonathan Strange Brother Cadfael is a member of the community at the Abbey. * In music, the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
wrote "On Wenlock Edge" in 1907. * In the film Howards End , Mr. Wilcox's daughter gets married in Shropshire. Part of the novel is set near Clun. * In the book Good Omens , Shropshire
Shropshire
is mentioned as being developed by the angel Aziraphale. * In the novel A Room With a View , Charlotte Bartlett states that the romantic Italian landscape reminds her of the country around Shropshire, where she once spent a holiday at the home of her friend Miss Apesbury. * The 2011 documentary Rome Wasn't Built In A Day was filmed in the Roman city of Viroconium Cornoviorum near the village of Wroxeter
Wroxeter
. * In the final episode of Ever Decreasing Circles , Martin's neighbour Paul announces he is moving to Shropshire. * The British sitcom The Green Green Grass is set in Shropshire, with Boycie's wife being surprised and asking "what's Shropshire?" upon learning she was moving there, used in the original BBC advertisement of the series. * The 2015 video game Everybody\'s Gone to the Rapture takes place in a fictional village in Shropshire. * The 1955 Daffy Duck - Porky Pig cartoon Deduce, You Say is a parody of the Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
novels and movies. In this cartoon, Daffy Duck (as a character named Dorlock) is looking for a criminal known as the Shropshire
Shropshire
Slasher.

SPORT

The New Meadow football stadium, home to Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town Football Club . Hawkstone Motocross Circuit.

There are a significant number of sporting clubs and facilities in Shropshire, many of which are found in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Telford in addition to a number of clubs found locally throughout the county. Shropshire
Shropshire
is home to a variety of established amateur, semi-pro and professional sports clubs.

The county is home to one of five National Sports Centres . Situated at Lilleshall Hall just outside Newport in Lilleshall , this is where the 1966 England
England
National football team trained for two weeks prior to their success in the World Cup of 1966 .

FOOTBALL

The three highest football (and only professional) clubs in the county are Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town (English League One), Telford United (English Conference) and The New Saints (Welsh Premier ) in Oswestry.

There are numerous amateur football clubs in lower leagues, the highest of which is Market Drayton Town . The governing body in the county is the Shropshire Football Association , who organise a number of county-wide cup competitions, including the Shropshire Senior Cup . In May 2012 the Mercian Regional Football League was created, replacing the Shropshire County Premier Football League and Telford Combination. As of the 2016–17 football season the following Shropshire
Shropshire
clubs play in these English leagues (the highest team of each club shown only):

LEVEL LEAGUE CLUBS

3 League One Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town

6 National League North
National League North
Telford United

8 Northern Premier League Division One South Market Drayton Town

9 Midland Football League Premier Division Shawbury United

10 West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division A.F.C. Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
, Ellesmere Rangers , Haughmond , Shifnal Town , Wellington Amateurs

11 West Midlands (Regional) League Division One Newport Town, St Martins, Wem Town

13 and 14 Mercian Regional Football League

Also, some clubs situated near the Welsh border play in the Welsh league system :

LEVEL LEAGUE CLUBS

1 Welsh Premier League
Welsh Premier League
The New Saints

5 Mid Wales
Wales
South League Newcastle

Montgomeryshire Football League Division One Morda United

6 Montgomeryshire Football League Division Two Bishop's Castle Town, Trefonen

OTHER SPORTS

The county has one American football
American football
team, Shropshire Revolution , which was founded in 2006, and is a club in the British American Football League . Former teams in the county have included the Wrekin Giants , which ran from 1985 to 1989 and the Shropshire Giants which ran in 1989. Shropshire
Shropshire
has a number of rugby clubs, including Newport (Salop) Rugby Union Football Club , the highest-leveled team in the county, playing in the National League 3 Midlands . Shropshire Star Newport Nocturne Bike race 2006

The area also has a rich motorsports heritage, with the Loton Park Hillclimb and Hawkstone Park Motocross Circuit situated near Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Motocross Club has staged motocross events in the area for over 30 years. There is additionally an ice hockey club in the county, the Telford Tigers .

The county has a number of private and public golf courses , including the Church Stretton Golf Club , situated on the slopes of the Long Mynd . It is the oldest 18-hole golf course in Shropshire, opened in 1898, and one of the highest in the United Kingdom. There is one notable horse racing racecourse in Shropshire, near Ludlow, the Ludlow
Ludlow
Racecourse .

One of the biggest one-day events in Shropshire
Shropshire
and the biggest one-day cycle race in the UK is the Shropshire Star Newport Nocturne ; held every four years, it is Britain's only floodlit cycle race.

The historic Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games are held annually in Much Wenlock during the second weekend in July. A four-day festival, the Games include cricket, volleyball, tennis, bowls, badminton, triathlon, 10k road race, track and field events, archery, five-a-side football, veteran cycle events, clay pigeon shooting and a golf competition.

SEE ALSO

* 7603 Salopia – an asteroid named after the county * 53rd Regiment of Foot – former British Army
British Army
regiment * Shropshire Archives – collects and makes accessible archives and books relating to the county * Etymological list of counties – list of name origins * Healthcare in Shropshire * Shropshire Family History Society * Diocese
Diocese
of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
– Roman Catholic diocese which covers all of Shropshire * Shropshire Star – local newspaper covering the county * Shropshire Blue cheese * Shropshire (Detached) - Halesowen
Halesowen
* Wenlock Olympian Society – organisers of the Wenlock Olympian Games, Live Arts Festival and Rock Band Showdown

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