SHROPSHIRE (/ˈʃrɒpʃər/ or /ˈʃrɒpʃɪər/ ; alternatively
SALOP; abbreviated, in print only, SHROPS; demonym SALOPIAN
/səˈloʊpjən/ ) is a county in the West Midlands of England,
Wales to the west and north-west,
Cheshire to the north,
Staffordshire to the east,
the south-east and
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
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 , 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
Oswestry in the north-west,
Bridgnorth just to the
south of Telford, and
Ludlow in the south. The county has many market
towns , including Whitchurch in the north, Newport north-east of
Market Drayton in the north-east of the county.
Ironbridge Gorge area is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site , covering
Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley . There are other
historic industrial sites in the county, such as at Shrewsbury,
Highley , as well as the
Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers about
a quarter of the county, mainly in the south.
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
Clee Hills ,
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
the Fenn\'s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve ,
one of the most important and best preserved bogs in Britain. The
River Severn , Great Britain's longest river, runs through the county,
Worcestershire via the Severn Valley .
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 .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Etymology
* 1.2 County extent
* 2 Geography
* 2.3 Natural regions
* 2.5 Geology
* 2.6 Statistical
* 3 Emblems
Shropshire county flag
Shropshire coat of arms
Shropshire county flower, round-leaved sundew
Shropshire Day, 23 February
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 of Shropshire
History of Shropshire Section of Offa\'s Dyke
Shropshire town of
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
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 's 2nd century
Geography names one of their towns as being Viroconium Cornoviorum
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 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
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
After the Norman conquest in 1066, major estates in
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 Castle and
. The western frontier with
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
Diocese of Hereford and that of
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 during the
medieval period and was often embroiled in the power struggles between
Marcher Lords , the
Earls of March and successive monarchs.
The county contains a number of historically significant towns,
Ludlow (which was the seat of the
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 . The
Edgmond , near Newport , is the location of the lowest
recorded temperature (in terms of weather) in
England and Wales.
The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge at
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 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
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 in 1980. This took
effect from 1 April of that year.
The border with
Wales was defined in the 16th century – the
Oswestry ) and Pimhill (including Wem
) and part of
Chirbury had prior to the Laws in
Wales Act formed
various Lordships in the
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 , which
became part of
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 (from Herefordshire), to the north of
Staffordshire) and to the north (from Cheshire) and south (from
Staffordshire) of Market Drayton. The county has lost land in two
places – to
Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
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
Highley , to the east of Bridgnorth, north to the eastern
side of Telford, leaving
Shropshire eastwards alongside the A5. This
Shifnal , Cosford and Albrighton , and various other
Dudley and Wolverhampton.
River Severn , seen here in
Shrewsbury , is the primary
watercourse in the county.
North Shropshire Plain is an extension of the flat and fertile
Cheshire Plain . It is here that most of the county's large towns, and
population, are to be found.
Shrewsbury at the centre,
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
River Severn runs through the lower half of this area
Wales in the west, eastwards), through
Shrewsbury and down the
Ironbridge Gorge , before heading south to
The area around
Oswestry has more rugged geography than the North
Shropshire Plain and the western half is over an extension of the
Wrexham Coalfield and there are also copper deposits on the border
Wales . Mining of stone and sand aggregates is still going on in
Shropshire , notably on
Haughmond Hill , near
Bayston Hill , and
around the village of
Condover . Lead mining also took place at
Snailbeach and the
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 (to the east of the county)
across to Telford, around
Shrewsbury parallel to the line of Watling
Street , an ancient trackway . The A5 then turns north west to
Oswestry, before heading north into
Wales in the
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 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
Broseley and Jackfield
Blists Hill museum and historical (
Victorian era ) village is a
major tourist attraction as well as the Iron Bridge itself. In
Telford Steam Railway runs from
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
Bridgnorth , with a population of around 12,000 people,
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
Long Mynd , a large plateau of 516 m (1,693 ft) and
Stiperstones 536 metres (1,759 ft) high to the East of the
Long Mynd ,
Church Stretton . The skyline of
Ludlow , one of
south Shropshire's market towns, dominated by its sizeable castle and
The A49 is the main road through the area, running north to south,
Herefordshire . A railway line runs through the
area on the same route as the A49 with stations at Church Stretton,
Craven Arms and Ludlow. The steam heritage
Severn Valley Railway runs
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 , notable
geological features in the Onny Valley and
Wenlock Edge and fertile
farmland in the
Corve Dale . The
River Teme drains this part of the
county, before flowing into
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 the 13th tallest
hill per county in England.
Shropshire is a little-known and remote part of the
Clun Forest , Offa\'s Dyke , the River
Clun and the River
Onny . The small towns of
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 is the Welsh border town of Knighton .
The landscape of the
Long Mynd , to the west of Church Stretton
England recognised the following national character areas
that lie wholly or partially within Shropshire:
Mid Severn Sandstone Plateau
Clun and North West
The climate of
Shropshire is moderate. Rainfall averages 760 to 1,000
mm (30 to 40 in), influenced by being in the rainshadow of the
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
Welsh Marches and Mid-
Wales . The flat northern plain in the north
and east has a similar climate to that of the rest of the West
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 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 and Market
Harper Adams University , where on 10 January 1982 the
coldest temperature ever in
England was recorded.
CLIMATE DATA FOR SHAWBURY
AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F)
AVERAGE LOW °C (°F)
AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES)
Source #1: Met Office
Source #2: Met Office - RAF
Shawbury (1971–2000 averages)
Shawbury is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) NE of
Shrewsbury , and 12 miles (19 km) NW of
Geology of Shropshire Road near Rockhill .
Shropshire has a huge range of different types of rocks, stretching
Precambrian until the
Holocene . In the northern part of the
county there are examples of
Triassic . Centrally, Precambrian,
Permian predominate. And in the south it is
Shropshire has a number of
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.
Eurostat purposes, the county (less the unitary district of
Telford and Wrekin ) is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG22). The two
Shropshire unitary areas (covering all of the ceremonial county),
together with the authorities covering the ceremonial county of
Staffordshire, comprise the "
Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2
SHROPSHIRE COUNTY FLAG
Shropshire county flag , officially adopted in 2012
Shropshire county flag was registered with the
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 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 . St Milburga was the daughter of
Merewalh , who founded the abbey within his
Magonsæte . The town adjoining the priory is now known
Much Wenlock , and lies within the boundaries of the modern county
SHROPSHIRE MOTTO, FLOREAT SALOPIA
Shropshire's motto is Floreat Salopia, meaning "May Shropshire
TOWNS AND VILLAGES
List of places in Shropshire , Category:Towns in
Shropshire , and Category:Villages in
Shropshire has no cities , but 22 towns, of which two can be
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 has a lower,
but still sizeable population of 71,715 (15%). The other sizeable
Bridgnorth , Newport and
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 . The largest of these,
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
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
Ironbridge on the
Ludlow on the Teme, as these waterways were historically
vital for trade and a supply of water.
CEREMONIAL COUNTY OF SHROPSHIRE
Telford and Wrekin shown within
Rivers , Motorways, \'A\' Roads , Settlements LARGEST
SETTLEMENTS (BY POPULATION):
Market Drayton (10,407)
Bayston Hill (village) (5,079)
Church Stretton (4,671)
Albrighton (village) (4,157)
Pontesbury (village) (3,500)
Prees (village) (2,688)
Much Wenlock (2,605)
Craven Arms (2,289)
Cleobury Mortimer (1,962)
Bishop\'s Castle (1,630)
Ruyton-XI-Towns (village) (1,500)
Baschurch (village) (1,475)
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.
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,
Atcham district; now coextensive with the
Central area committee)
* Mark Pritchard , Conservative,
The Wrekin (covering
Wrekin borough, minus Telford, and including a small area of the
Bridgnorth district/South area committee)
CON Christopher Gill
LD Matthew Green
CON PHILIP DUNNE
CON John Biffen
CON OWEN PATERSON
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CON Derek Conway
LAB Paul Marsden
LD Paul Marsden
CON DANIEL KAWCZYNSKI
LAB Bruce Grocott*
LAB Bruce Grocott
LAB DAVID WRIGHT
CON LUCY ALLAN
LAB Peter Bradley
CON MARK PRITCHARD
* Note (*),
The Wrekin (historic UK Parliament constituency) was
split at the 1997 election.
DIVISIONS AND ENVIRONS
List of civil parishes in Shropshire
Shropshire's county town and seat of
Shropshire Council .
Most of the ceremonial county of
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
Lord Lieutenant but is a separate local authority from
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
2008, the entire ceremonial county is now parished . The sizes of
parishes varies enormously in terms of area covered and population
Shrewsbury is the most populous parish in the county (and
one of the most populous in England) with over 70,000 residents,
Boscobel is the smallest parish in
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. ›
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 1974–2009
The ceremonial county prior to the 2009 local government
restructuring, with just
Telford & Wrekin as a unitary authority
In 1974 the non-metropolitan county of
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 –
North Shropshire ,
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.
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 in certain areas. Existing
non-metropolitan counties with small populations, such as
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 County Council, supported by
South Shropshire District
Oswestry Borough Council, proposed to the government that
the non-metropolitan county of
Shropshire become a single unitary
authority. This was opposed by the other 3 districts in the county,
Telford and Wrekin Council has been under Labour
control since 2011.
Montgomery Canal at
Maesbury Marsh . See also: Railways of
Shropshire The direct InterCity from
Shrewsbury to London Euston
with a DVT and mailbags delivering the
Royal Mail at a time when
British Rail ran the network.
Shropshire is connected to the rest of the
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 to the rest of the motorway network, and more specifically
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,
Welsh Marches Line , the Heart of
Wales Line , the
Cambrian Line , the
Shrewsbury to Chester Line and the Wolverhampton
Shrewsbury Line , as well as heritage railways including the well
Severn Valley Railway . The
Cambrian Heritage Railway
Oswestry . The three train operating companies working in
the county are
London Midland , Arriva Trains
Wales and Virgin Trains
. A new company,
Elan aqueduct running through South
Shropshire carrying water from
Elan Valley to
Birmingham and the
Vyrnwy Aqueduct running through
North Shropshire delivering water from
Lake Vyrnwy to
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 was traditionally dominated by agriculture.
However, in more recent years it has become more service orientated.
The county town of
Shrewsbury , the historic castle-dominated
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
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
Shrewsbury is becoming a centre for distribution and
warehousing, as it is located on a nodal point of the regional road
In Telford, a new rail freight facility has been built at Donnington
with the future goal of extending the line to
Stafford , this is hoped
it would open the freight terminal up to the
East Midlands and the
north, plus also re-connect Newport to the rail network.
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 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
Wales helps it draw in considerable numbers of shoppers, notably
Well-known companies in
Shropshire include Müller Dairy (UK) Ltd in
Market Drayton . The
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force have two bases at RAF Cosford
Shawbury , and the charity PDSA has its head office in
Priorslee , Telford.
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 in the foreground.
List of schools in Shropshire
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.
Shropshire children attend schools in
Wales , including
Llanfyllin High School .
The county has many independent schools, including
Charles Darwin attended, and
Oswestry School , which was
founded in 1407.
There are three sixth-form colleges located in Shropshire: the New
Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and
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,
Telford campus of the University of
Wolverhampton and in
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 operates the Ironbridge
Institute in partnership with the
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust ,
which offers postgraduate and professional development courses in
Shropshire has the highest educational attainment in the West
Midlands region .
Telford and Wrekin )
Abraham Darby Academy
* Belvidere School
* Bishop\'s Castle Community College
Bridgnorth Endowed School
Burton Borough 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
Lacon Childe School
Ludlow Church of
The Marches School
Mary Webb School
Meole Brace School
Oldbury Wells School
* The Priory School
* St Martin\'s School
Sir John Talbot’s School
Telford Langley School
Telford Park School
Telford Priory School
William Brookes School
* Adams\' Grammar School
Newport Girls High School
Castle House School
Moor Park School
Packwood Haugh School
Adcote School for Girls
* Concord College
Moreton Hall School
Shrewsbury High School
SIXTH FORM COLLEGES
* New College
Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES
Shrewsbury College of Arts
Harper Adams University
* University of
* University Centre
PLACES OF INTEREST
Aqualate Hall , Newport
Attingham Park ,
Benthall Hall ,
Blists Hill , Madeley
Boscobel House , nr.
Broseley Pipe Museum ,
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway ,
Bridgnorth Castle ,
Brown Clee Hill ,
* Burford House
Caer Caradoc , nr.
Cambrian Heritage Railway ,
Chetwynd Park , Newport
* Cardingmill Valley ,
Clun Castle ,
* Flounder\'s Folly , nr.
* Fordhall castle and farm
Haughmond Hill , nr.
Hawkstone Park ,
Hopton Castle , nr.
* Kynaston\'s Cave , nr.
Langley Chapel , nr.
Long Mynd ,
Ludlow Castle ,
* Mitchell\'s Fold , nr.
Moreton Corbet Castle ,
* Newport Guildhall , Newport
* Offa\'s Dyke Path ,
Puleston Cross , Newport
Severn Valley Railway ,
Shrewsbury Abbey ,
Shrewsbury Castle ,
Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (
AONB ), South
Shropshire Union Canal
Telford Heritage Trail ,
* St Laurence Church,
Stiperstones , nr
Stokesay Castle , nr
Sunnycroft , Wellington
Telford Steam Railway ,
Titterstone Clee Hill , nr.
Wenlock Edge ,
White Ladies Priory
White Ladies Priory
Whittington Castle , nr.
The Wrekin (and Ercall ) nr. Wellington
Wroxeter , nr.
Attingham Park Mansion
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
Amy Bagshaw , an international gymnast , forced to retire early
due to injury.
Barbara Pym , novelist
* Billy Wright , Born in Ironbridge,
football player as well as
Charles Babbage , early computing pioneer (lived at Dudmaston Hall
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
* David Edwards , footballer (born in Shrewsbury), Wolverhampton
Wanderers F.C "> A 1984 film adaptation of
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol was
Shrewsbury . Scrooge's fictional grave remains in the
churchyard of St. Chad\'s Church.
Shropshire has been depicted and mentioned in a number of works of
literature. The poet A. E. Housman used
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.
D. H. Lawrence 's novella, St. Mawr, is partially set in
Longmynd area of
South Shropshire .
* The early twentieth century novelist and poet
Mary Webb was born
Shropshire and lived most of her life there, and all her novels are
set there, most notably
Precious Bane , with its powerful evocation of
Shropshire countryside. A school in
Pontesbury bears her name.
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 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
* The 2011 documentary Rome Wasn't Built In A Day was filmed in the
Roman city of
Viroconium Cornoviorum near the village of
* 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
Sherlock Holmes novels and movies. In this cartoon, Daffy Duck
(as a character named Dorlock) is looking for a criminal known as the
New Meadow football stadium, home to
Football Club . Hawkstone
There are a significant number of sporting clubs and facilities in
Shropshire, many of which are found in
addition to a number of clubs found locally throughout the county.
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
Lilleshall Hall just outside Newport in
Lilleshall , this is where
England National football team trained for two weeks prior to
their success in the World Cup of 1966 .
The three highest football (and only professional) clubs in the
Shrewsbury Town (English League One),
(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,
Shropshire County Premier Football League and Telford
Combination. As of the 2016–17 football season the following
Shropshire clubs play in these English leagues (the highest team of
each club shown only):
National League North
National League North
Northern Premier League Division One South
Market Drayton Town
Midland Football League Premier Division
West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division
Bridgnorth , Ellesmere Rangers , Haughmond ,
Shifnal Town , Wellington Amateurs
West Midlands (Regional) League Division One
Newport Town, St Martins,
13 and 14
Mercian Regional Football League
Also, some clubs situated near the Welsh border play in the Welsh
league system :
Welsh Premier League
Welsh Premier League
The New Saints
Wales South League
Montgomeryshire Football League Division One
Montgomeryshire Football League Division Two
Bishop's Castle Town, Trefonen
The county has one
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 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
Motocross Circuit situated near
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 ,
Church Stretton Golf Club , situated on the slopes of
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
One of the biggest one-day events in
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.
Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games are held annually
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
7603 Salopia – an asteroid named after the county
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* Etymological list of counties – list of name origins
Healthcare in Shropshire
Shropshire Family History Society
Shrewsbury – Roman Catholic diocese which covers all
Shropshire Star – local newspaper covering the county
Shropshire Blue cheese
Shropshire (Detached) -
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