– Shropshire's county town (population: 70,000) and the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Home to over 660 listed buildings including magnificent black and white examples.
– a traditional and very small old English town near the Welsh border
– a town divided into low and high towns, described by Charles I as providing 'the finest view'
– Shropshire's "Little Switzerland", and gateway to the Shropshire Hills
– a small town in south east Shropshire, between the Clee Hills and Wyre Forest, and known for its beer.
– a tiny town in the south west corner of the county, described by A.E. Housman as "the quietest place under the sun"
– in the heart of Shropshire's "meres and mosses" and home to nine glacial meres (small lakes)
– historic market town with an impressive castle and church. Has a number of shops and markets specialising in quality food and drink.
– a market town on the Shropshire Union Canal and the home of gingerbread
– a birthplace of the modern Olympics, local games are still held every year
– a market town with architecture from the 12th to 19th centuries, particular Regency and Georgian buildings
– yet another market town, very near the Shropshire/Wales border, and one of the few places in the Marches to stubbornly cling to a Welsh identity and language
– a town to the east of Telford, once an important staging post on the London to Holyhead road
– the largest town (population: 130,000) and named after the engineer Thomas Telford. With nearby Ironbridge, this was the first place in the world to industrialise.
– a small market town where the modern sweet pea was developed, now home to a museum of myths and fables
– a pretty little village near Oswestry and home to the impressive Whittington Castle situated in the heart of the village
Gorge Valley, home to the World's first Iron Bridge and home to the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The world's first iron bridge (oddly beautiful) spanning the River Severn. Birthplace of the industrial revolution, Ironbridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are nine award winning museums and sites that tell this momentous story.
ceremonial county in England
historic county, ceremonial county, and unitary non-metropolitan county and district, in England
principal area and preserved county in mid-Wales
ceremonial county in England (use Q21694786 for administrative non-metropolitan county)
non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands of England
Towns and villages
- Whitchurch – a market town on the Llangollen Canal
- The Ironbridge Gorge Valley, home to the World's first Iron Bridge and home to the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The world's first iron bridge (oddly beautiful) spanning the River Severn. Birthplace of the industrial revolution, Ironbridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are nine award winning museums and sites that tell this momentous story.
- The Shropshire Hills with magnificent views of Shropshire and its neighbouring counties
Shropshire's countryside culminates in the Shropshire Hills, an area of upland moor and heath with a varied geology and such landmarks as the Long Mynd, the Stiperstones and Wenlock Edge. Local history has been shaped by Shropshire's strategic location between England and Wales, and indeed the area changed hands many times over the years. Many towns have castles and other Medieval fortifications. From the 18th century onwards, the county led the way in Britain's industrialisation, and Ironbridge is considered the birthplace of industry. JRR Tolkien based his conception of The Shire region of Middle Earth on 20th century Shropshire and neighbouring counties, while the Wrekin is a peak near Telford that is said to have inspired the Lonely Mountain.
Since 1998, Shropshire has been administratively divided into two areas; Telford and the Wrekin is a borough that covers about a sixth of the county in the east, while the remainder is administered by Shropshire Council. However for most purposes it is still one county with the same media, press, emergency services, records service, etc.