Shropshire ( or ),
alternatively known as Salop or
abbreviated, in print only, Shrops, is a
county in the West Midlands region of England.
Wales to the west.
Shropshire is one of England's
most rural and sparsely populated counties with a population density
of 91/km² (337/sq mi.)
. The shire county
and its districts
were replaced by a unitary
on 1 April 2009. The borough of Telford and Wrekin
, included in
Shropshire for ceremonial
, has been a unitary authority since 1998.
is centred around six main towns starting with the county town of Shrewsbury, which is culturally and historically important,
although Telford, which was
constructed around a number of older towns, most notably Wellington, Dawley and Madeley, is today the most populous. The other main towns
are Oswestry in the
north-west, Newport to the east, Bridgnorth in the south-east, and Ludlow to the
south. Whitchurch and Market Drayton in the north of the county are also of notable
Gorge area is advertised as the 'Birthplace of Industry',
and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley. There are additionally other notable historic
industrial sites located around the county such as Broseley, Snailbeach and Highley as well as
Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty covers about a quarter of the county, mainly in the
Wrekin is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the
county, though the highest hills are the Clee Hills, Stiperstones and the
Long Mynd. Wenlock Edge is another significant geographical and geological
landmark, and the River Severn, Great
Britain's longest river, runs through the county, exiting into
Worcestershire via the Severn
Shropshire is landlocked, and with an area
of , is England's largest inland county.
The County flower
is the round-leaved sundew
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 and eastern parts of Powys. This was a tribal
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 Saxon kingdom of
Mercia by King
Offa in the eighth 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 and Chirbury.
After the Norman Conquest
major estates in Shropshire were granted to Normans, including
Roger de Montgomerie
ordered significant constructions, particularly in Shrewsbury, the
town of which he was Earl
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 Shrewsbury Castle.
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 the diocese of Hereford and that of
Coventry and Lichfield. Some areas in later times fell under the
diocese of St. Asaph until it ceased to exist in 1920.
The county was a central part of the Welsh
during the medieval period and was often embroiled in
the power struggles between powerful Marcher Lords
, the Earls of March
and successive monarchs.
county also contains a number of historically significant towns,
including Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Oswestry. 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.
village of Edgmond, near Newport, is the location of the lowest recorded temperature
(in terms of weather) in England and Wales.
origin of the name "Shropshire" is the Old English
"Scrobbesbyrigscīr" (literally Shrewsburyshire).
Salop is an old abbreviation for Shropshire, sometimes used on
envelopes or telegrams, and comes from the Anglo-French
'Salopesberia'. It is normally replaced by the more contemporary
'Shrops' although Shropshire residents are still referred to as
When a county council for the county was first established in 1888,
it was called Salop County Council. Following the Local Government Act 1972
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.
border with Wales was defined in the 16th century - the hundreds of
Oswestry (including 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
. 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
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 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 and
Geographically, Shropshire is divisible into two distinct halves -
North and South. The county has a highly diverse geology
Shropshire Plain is an extension of the flat and fertile Cheshire
Countryside of mid-Shropshire
It is here that most of the county's large
towns, and population in general, 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 economy. The River Severn
runs through the lower half of this area (from Wales in the west,
eastwards), through Shrewsbury and down the Ironbridge
Gorge, before heading south to Bridgnorth.
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 with Wales.
stone and sand aggregates is
still going on in Mid-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.
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
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 Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and Jackfield area. Blists Hill museum and historical (Victorian era) village is a major tourist
attraction as well as the Iron Bridge itself. In addition, Telford Steam Railway runs from
- For information specifically on the
Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, see 'Shropshire Hills AONB.
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.
substantial towns are Bridgnorth, with a population of around 12,000 people,
Ludlow and Church
Hills AONB is located in the south-west, covering an area of ;
it forms the only specifically protected area of the county.
this area is the popular Long Mynd, a
large plateau of and Stiperstones high
to the East of the Long Mynd, overlooking
A49 is the main road through the area,
running north to south, from Shrewsbury to 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 from Bridgnorth into Worcestershire along the Severn
Because of its valley location and character, Church Stretton is
sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland
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
South and joining the River Severn.
the Clee Hills, the Brown Clee Hill, is the county's highest peak at .
gives Shropshire the 13th
per county in England.
West Shropshire is a little known and remote part of the county,
Dyke, the River Clun and the River Onny. The small towns of Clun and
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.
of Shropshire is generally
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 the 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 Midlands
Being rural and inland, temperatures can fall more dramatically on
clear winter nights than in many other parts of England.
It was at
Adams University College, in Edgmond, where on 10 January 1982 the lowest temperature
weather record for England was broken (and is kept to this day):
Met Office weather station in the county is located at Shawbury, which is in the north, between Shrewsbury and Market Drayton.
The rocks in Shropshire are relatively new, especially compared to
the Cambrian mountains
Shropshire has a number of areas with Silurian
rocks, where a number of shells
be found. Mortimer Forest is an example where a number of fossils
can be found.
Election results 2001
Election results 2005
Shropshire has five
, four of which returned Conservative MPs at the
2005 general election and one, Telford, returned a Labour MP. This
is a marked change from the 2001 general election result, where the
county returned only one Conservative, three Labour and a Liberal
Democrat to the Commons (see maps to the right).
The current MPs of Shropshire are:
Wright, Labour, Telford (covering the town of Telford)
- Owen Paterson,
Shropshire (covering the former North Shropshire and Oswestry districts, now coextensive with the North area
Dunne, Conservative, Ludlow (covering the former South Shropshire and (the majority of) Bridgnorth districts; now
coextensive with the South area committee except for the part
covered by the Wrekin constituency)
Kawczynski, Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham (covering the former Shrewsbury
and Atcham district; now coextensive with the Central area
Pritchard, Conservative, The
Wrekin (covering Telford and
Wrekin borough, minus Telford, and including a small area of
the former Bridgnorth district/South area committee)
In 2005 there was also a County Council election in which the
Conservatives gained overall control of the shire county. Telford
and Wrekin Borough Council remained at the time under Labour
control but has since gone to no-overall control, with a
Conservative executive. Being a rural county, there are a number of
independent councillors on the various councils in the
The Conservatives gained complete control of Shrewsbury and Atcham
Borough Council in the May 2006 local elections.
Divisions and environs
see also: List
of civil parishes in Shropshire
Most of the ceremonial
of Shropshire is covered for purposes of local
government by Shropshire Council
a unitary authority
2009. Telford and Wrekin
unitary authority, with borough
which forms part of the county for various functions such as
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
ceremonial county borders Cheshire, Staffordshire,
Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and the Welsh preserved counties of
Powys and Clwyd.
The new unitary authority for Shropshire, Shropshire Council
, divides the county
into three areas, each with its own area
- North, Central and South. These area committees, as
well as relative staff, deal with local matters such as development
control and licensing.
With the parishing of the formerly unparished area
of 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 is the most populous parish in
the county (and one of the most populous in England) with over
70,000 residents, whilst 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.
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
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 - Bridgnorth, North
Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Atcham, South
Shropshire and The
In 1998 The Wrekin became a unitary authority
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 and Shrewsbury & Atcham were each granted borough
status in 1974. Telford and Wrekin became a
borough in 2002.
see also: 2009
structural changes to local government in England
In 2006 a local government white paper supported proposals for new
to be set up
in England in certain areas. Existing non-metropolitan counties with small
populations, such as Cornwall, 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
(such as Telford and Wrekin) were not to be affected
and no boundary changes were planned.
Shropshire County Council, supported by South Shropshire District
Council and 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, with Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council taking their
objection to the High Court in a judicial review.
proposal to create a Shropshire unitary authority, covering the
area of the existing non-metropolitan county, was supported by the
DCLG and 1 April 2009 was set as the date for the
re-organisation to take place.
The first elections to
Shropshire Council will not take place however until 4 June 2009,
with the former Shropshire County Council being the continuing
authority and its councillors became the first members of the new
Shropshire Council on 1 April.
Part of the proposals include parishing
and establishing a town council
Shrewsbury. The parish was created on 13 May 2008 and is
the second most populous civil parish
in England (only Weston-super-Mare has a greater population) with a population of over
- See also: Railways of
New Marton Top Lock, on the Llangollen
Canal near Ellesmere
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
transportation hub is Shrewsbury, through which many significant
roads and railways pass and join.
Canals in the United Kingdom
today serve primarily for leisure purposes and three British Waterways canals run through
Shropshire: the Shropshire Union Canal (from north of Adderley to near Knighton), the Llangollen Canal (from Chirk Aqueduct
Brook) and the Montgomery
Canal (from its beginning at Frankton Junction to Llanymynech).
In addition, the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal
could be restored in thefuture.
Major roads in the county include the M54
, which connects Shropshire to the rest of the motorway
network, and more specifically to the 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
, the A53
a number of major railway
lines running through the county, including the Welsh Marches Line, the Cambrian Line, the Shrewsbury to Chester Line and
the Wolverhampton to
Shrewsbury Line, as well as heritage railways including the well
The two train operating companies working
in the county are London Midland
Arriva Trains Wales
company, Wrexham &
Shropshire, commenced services from Shropshire to London
station, in spring 2008.
water supply aqueducts run across
Shropshire; the 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 Liverpool.
Towns and villages
Shropshire has no cities
, but 22 towns, of
which 2 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 has a lower, but still sizeable population of
70,560 (15%). The other sizeable towns are Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Newport and Ludlow.
historic town of Wellington now makes up part of the Telford
The majority of the other settlements can be
classed as villages or small towns. The larger settlements are
primarily concentrated in a central belt that roughly follows the
roadway. Other settlements are concentrated
on rivers, e.g. Ironbridge on the Severn, as these waterways were historically
vital to trade.
Ceremonial county of Shropshire
Telford and Wrekin shown
|Towns (by population):
Market Drayton (10,407)
Bayston Hill (5,247)
Church Stretton (4,186)
Pontesbury (3, 500)
Much Wenlock (2,605)
Craven Arms (2,289)
Bishop's Castle (1,630)
Shrewsbury's town centre contains the
Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres, as well as more
traditional historic retail areas.
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 Ludlow and the
industrial birthplace of Ironbridge Gorge are the foremost tourist areas in Shropshire, along
with the reclaimed canal network which provides canal barge
holidays on the Shropshire Union Canal and linked canal networks in the region, although
the natural beauty of the county draws people to all
is mostly found in Telford, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market
Drayton and Shrewsbury, though small industrial estates can
be found in and Church
Stretton and Newport where the main industrial factory Audco, closed in
1982. The town has then started to move more
towards a agricultural and tourist industry much like Ludlow, though
industry is starting to build up along the outskirts of the town on
the A41 road, because of its possession on
the route between Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Staffordshire and the
Shrewsbury is becoming a centre for distribution and
warehousing, as it is located on a nodal point of the regional road
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
teminal up to the East Midlands and
the north, plus also re-connect Newport to the rail network , .
and 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 mid-Wales helps it draw in considerable numbers of
shoppers, notably on Saturday.
Well-known companies in Shropshire include
Müller Dairy Ltd in Market
Drayton. The RAF have two bases at RAF
Cosford and RAF
Shawbury, and the
charity PDSA has its head office in Priorslee, Telford.
In February 2009 NOM Dairy
of it’s brand new state of the art DAIRY in Shropshire. Spending
£60m in it’s new facility in the first stage of the project as well
as creating a jobs boost for the Shropshire economy. The new dairy
has been designed with a low carbon footprint, consistency of
quality and natural recipe production at the forefront of the
project teams minds.
Below is the chart of regional gross value added for the
non-metropolitan county (that is, excluding Telford & Wrekin)
of Shropshire at current basic prices published
(pp. 240–253) by Office for
with figures in millions of British
||Regional Gross Value Added
With the statistics for the borough of Telford and Wrekin
following represents the ceremonial county:
||Regional Gross Value Added
Shropshire has a completely comprehensive
education system, with thirteen independent schools, including the
prestigious Shrewsbury School, which the famed Charles
In the ceremonial county, the Telford
and Wrekin borough has two selective schools, Castle House
and two independent schools. Newport
Girls' High School and Adams' Grammar School(both of which are ranked within the top 30 schools
in the country), All are located in Newport.
Thomas Telford School in Telford is also a
notable school and is one of the best comprehensive schools in
England.There is considerable rivalry between many of the counties
schools. In Shrewsbury for example, the Priory and
Meole Brace schools maintain a long-standing sporting rivalry
whilst on a wider scale Wrekin College and Ellesmere College remain rivals, as do Shrewsbury School and Adams'
are also two universities in Shropshire, the Telford campus of
and in Edgmond, near Newport, Harper Adams University
College, which offers mostly agricultural-based
Shropshire has the highest educational attainment in the West Midlands region
Places of interest
- Adcote nr.Shrewsbury
- Aqualate Hall, Newport
- Attingham Park, Atcham
- Blists Hill, Madeley
- Bishops Castle
- Boscobel House, nr. Wolverhampton
- Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, Bridgnorth
- Brown Clee Hill, South Shropshire
- Burford House
- Caer Caradoc, nr. Church Stretton
- Chetwynd Park, Newport
- Clun Castle, Clun
- Flounder's Folly, nr. Craven Arms
- Haughmond Hill, nr. Shrewsbury
- Hawkstone Park, North
- Hopton Castle, nr. Craven Arms
- The Iron Bridge, Ironbridge
- Kynaston's Cave, nr.
- Langley Chapel, nr. Shrewsbury
- The Long Mynd,
- Ludlow Castle, Ludlow
- Mitchell's Fold, Chirbury
- Moreton Corbet Castle, Moreton Corbet
- Newport Guildhall, Newport
- Offa's Dyke Path, Welsh
- Puleston Cross, Newport
- Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury
- Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury
- Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB), South
- Shropshire Union Canal
- Snailbeach nr. Shrewsbury
- South Telford Heritage
- St Laurence Church, Ludlow
Stiperstones, nr Pontesbury
- Stokesay Castle, nr Craven Arms
Steam Railway, Telford
- Titterstone Clee Hill, nr. Ludlow
- Wenlock Edge, Much
- White Ladies Priory
- Whittington Castle, nr. Oswestry
- The Wrekin (and Ercall) nr. Wellington
- Wroxeter, nr. Atcham
Attingham Park Mansion
- Edric the Wild
- Robert Clive "Clive of India"
- Rowland Hill, 1st
Viscount Hill, Napoleonic era general
- Lords and Ladies
Craven (of Stokesay Castle)
- Abraham Darby early
- Charles Darwin eminent
- K. K.
Downing, guitarist with Judas Priest
- William Farr epidemiologist and
Phillips - of Newport, winner of Big Brother 2000
- Chris Hawkins
(of Loppington), radio presenter, DJ, and
- Eglantyne Jebb of Ellesmere, Social reformer and founder of the
Save the Children Fund
Jeffreys of Wem, (infamous
- Adrian Jones, sculptor of the
Quadriga at Hyde Park Corner
- Stephen Marchant,
- Len Murray, (former head of the
- Mirabel Osler, author
- Wilfred Owen leading First World
- Edith Pargeter (1913-1995),
- Edmund Plowden (1518-1585)—legal
scholar and theorist
- Sir Edmund Plowden
(1590-1659)—Proprietor, Earl Palatine and Governor of New Albion
- Barbara Pym novellist
- Isobel Cooper (Izzy) famous opera
singer from Much Wenlock
- T'Pau, 1980s pop group
- Sir Philip Sidney prominent
- Mary Webb (1881-1927), author
- Stewart Lee, Stand-up comedian,
writer and director.
- Matthew Webb,
(first man to swim the English Channel)
- Billy Wright, Captain
of Wolves and England
- Humphrey Kynaston (1474-1534)
- John Mytton 'Mad Jack' Mytton,
Regency rake, MP, gambler and horseman.
- William Wycherley Restoration dramatist and playwright
famous for The Country Wife
- Roy Wood, of
Wem, in the band Wizard
- 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. Additionally, D.
novella, St. Mawr, is partially set in the Longmynd area
- In Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr
Norrell, Jonathan Strange is from the county, and some
parts of the book are set there. Another fictional character from
Shropshire is Mr Grindley, from Charles
Dickens' Bleak House. P. G.
Wodehouse's fictional Blandings Castle, the ancestral home of
Clarence, the ninth Earl of Emsworth,
is located in Shropshire. In The Importance of Being
Earnest, Jack pretends to live in rural Shropshire, to
mask his double life.
- The 1856 plantation
literature novel White
Acre vs. Black Acre by William M. Burwell features two
Shropshire farms acting as an allegory for American slavery - White
Acre Farm being the abolitionist
Northern United States, and
Black Acre Farm being the slaveholding Southern United States.
- Tolkien's the Shire is thought to correspond to the West
Midlands region of England, including Shropshire, as argued by Tom
- The county has also appeared in film: the 1984 film version of
Charles Dickens' A
Christmas Carol was filmed in Shrewsbury. Appearances in
television have included the county being used as a setting in both
Coronation Street, the ITV1 soap; and also in the
BBC's The Fast
Show, for a Ted and Ralph
special. The 1985 television programme Blott on the Landscape was
filmed mainly in South Shropshire, notably in Ludlow. The 2005
sit-com The Green Green Grass is set in
Shropshire and is filmed near Bridgnorth. Deduce, You Say
is a 1956 Warner Bros. cartoon short of the Looney Tunes series, directed by Chuck Jones
and written by Michael Maltese, with musical arrangements by Milt
Franklyn. It features Daffy Duck as the dim-witted detective
Dorlock Homes (a parody of Sherlock
Holmes) and Porky Pig as his sidekick Watkins (based on Dr.
Watson), as they attempt to locate and apprehend the dangerous
"Shropshire Slasher". Australian soap
Home and Away was filmed in and around Ironbridge during
the late 1990s, when several characters ventured to England.
- Shrewsbury Abbey of Shropshire features in the Cadfael Mysteries; Brother Cadfael is a member of the community
at the Abbey.
- In music, the composer Ralph
Vaughan Williams wrote "On Wenlock Edge" in 1907.
- Shropshire has also been mentioned in the American sitcom
Friends. In the episode "The One
with Joey's Dirty Day", Rachel's British boss says to her "My
niece, you see, is in town from London. Well, Shropshire really,
but you know."
2008, Müller released a new
advert featuring their Shropshire-based factory, using 'Ain't Got No, I Got Life' by
Nina Simone as musical score, and
emphasising the closeness of supply from the surrounding area of
its factory in Market
Drayton ("24 hours from farm to yoghurt").
- 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.
- In series two of British comedy Green
Wing, after assisting him to burn a corpse and and a motorhome,
the character Joanna declares to Dr. Statham that they need to go
somewhere where no-one would think of looking. One of Statham's
suggestions is Oswestry.
- In the Irene Adler series of books by Carole Nelson Douglas,
the character Penelope (Nell) Huxleigh was raised by her parson
father in Shropshire.
Hawkstone Motocross Circuit.
There are a significant number of sporting clubs and facilities in
Shropshire, many of which are found in Shrewsbury
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
at Lilleshall Hall just outside Newport in Lilleshall, this is where the 1966 England National football
team trained for two weeks prior to their success in the
World Cup of 1966
the main football clubs in the county include Shrewsbury Town Football Club, AFC Telford United Football Club and
The New Saints Football Club in
A former football club is Telford United
Football Club. The county has
one American football
was founded in 2006, and is a club in the British American Football
. 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 Rugby Union
, the highest-leveled team in the county, playing
in the National League 3
also has a rich motorsports heritage, with the Loton
Park Hillclimb and Hawkstone Park Motocross
Circuit situated near Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Motocross Club
events in the area for
over 30 years. There is additionally an ice hockey club in
the county, the Telford Tigers.
Also every four years there is the Shropshire Star Newport
, which is Britain's only floodlit cycle race.
- Blandings: English Counties - broken link
- SHROPS - What does SHROPS stand for? Acronyms and
abbreviations by the Free Online Dictionary
- Shrewsbury - Tourist Information &
Accommodation for Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- Wrexham & Shropshire :: Telford
- http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/371 Ironbridge Page on UNESCO
World Heritage website
- BBC - Shropshire - Features - Industrial
- Shropshire Hills AONB
- shropshirerocks.org: The Wrekin & The
- shropshirerocks.org: Brown Clee Hill
- shropshirerocks.org: The Stiperstones
- shropshirerocks.org: The Long Mynd
- shropshirerocks.org: Wenlock Edge
- Shropshire Council
- 1911encyclopedia.org Article on Shropshire
- Shrewsbury Museums Service - Shrewsbury Castle & The
Shropshire Regimental Museum
- Secret Shropshire
- Climate in Wales
- About Shropshire Calverhall Village
- County's name change colonel dies BBC News
- Vision of Britain - Ancient county
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/news/election/ BBC Shropshire
website Retrieved 10 September, 2007
- National Statistics Bridgnorth district
and Newport Canal Trust
- Shropshire Routes to Roots | Sources and
collections | Trade directories
- The new town of Telford officially contains the market town of
Wellington. However, for the purposes
of showing spacial town dispersion and generally where the most
populated areas are (on the map), Wellington is listed separately.
The Telford population figure still includes the population of
- Shropshire Towns - Towns in Shropshire, Shrewsbury,
Ironbridge, Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Oswestry
'Gateway to Wales'
- Telford Shopping Centre
- RAF - Stations
- PDSA - Contact Us
- Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
- includes hunting and forestry
- includes energy and construction
- includes financial intermediation services indirectly
- GCSE: Top comprehensive schools - The
- Defra UK; ERDP - West Midlands ERDP Regional
- Cadfael Literature/ITV.com Cadfael Classic TV Profile