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Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow

History of Shropshire
Quite why this remote, rural county on the Welsh border became the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution is mystifying to many people. The reason, however, is mainly due to Shropshire's diverse geology. Shropshire is the "geological capital" of the UK, as just about every rock type in Northern Europe is found within its borders, as are coal, lead, copper and iron ore deposits. In addition to this, the River Severn flows through the county and has been used for the transportation of goods and services for centuries.

The origin of the name "Shropshire" is the Old English "Scrobbesbyrigscir" (literally Shrewsburyshire). However, the Normans who ruled England after 1066 found both "Scrobbesbyrig" and "Scrobbesbyrigscir" difficult to pronounce so they softened them to "Salopesberia" and "Salopescira". Salop is the abbreviation of these.

When a council for the county was set up in 1888, it was called "Salop County Council". The name was never popular, and the council renamed itself "Shropshire County Council" in 1980. However, the term "Salopian", derived from "Salop", is still used to mean "from Shropshire". The latin motto of "Floreat Salopia" (may Shropshire flourish) is also used for Shropshire on crests and emblems.

Salop can also mean the county town, Shrewsbury, and in historical records Shropshire is described as "the county of Salop" and Shrewsbury as "the town of Salop".

Shropshire is part of the West Midlands region of England, though it is also described as being in the Welsh Marches. Both Shrewsbury and Ludlow have held the position of capital of the Welsh Marches, at a time when it was a political entity (with the Council of Wales and the Marches). Historically Shropshire was part of the Kingdom of Mercia and the name exists to this day in the police force which the county comes under - the West Mercia Constabulary.

The county today
The ceremonial county of Shropshire is now split up into the administrative county of Shropshire and the unitary authority of Telford and Wrekin. The administrative county is then split up into five districts - Shrewsbury and Atcham, Oswestry, North Shropshire, South Shropshire and Bridgnorth. The county, including Telford and Wrekin, is then further sub-divided into parishes, except for the town of Shrewsbury which is unparished. Shrewsbury and Telford have no town councils.

The area covered by the county has not changed substantially since the county's creation in the 11th Century. The modern day ceremonial county is the same as the traditional county, except for the removal of several exclaves and enclaves, and other minor alterations along the border with Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The largest of the exclaves was Halesowen, which became part of Worcestershire in 1844, and the largest of the enclaves was Herefordshire's Farlow in South Shropshire, transferred to Shropshire in 1844 too. Places of interest
Attingham Park, (Atcham) Blists Hill, (preserved 19th century industrial/victorian age community) Boscobel House, (on border with Staffordshire) Brown Clee Hill, (highest peak in Shropshire) Burford House Caer Caradoc, (near Church Stretton) Cardingmill Valley, (Church Stretton) Flounder's Folly, near Craven Arms Haughmond Hill, (forest park on the edge of Shrewsbury with the medieval Haughmond Abbey ruins) Hawkstone Park, (large rural park and follies in north Shropshire) Hopton Castle, (scene of a Civil War massacre) The Ironbridge, (the world's first iron bridge) Langley Chapel The Long Mynd, (means "long mountain", overlooks Church Stretton) Ludlow Castle Mitchell's Fold, (a bronze age stone circle) Moreton Corbet Castle Offa's Dyke Path, a long distance footpath Shropshire Hills AONB Shropshire Union Canal Snailbeach, (a historic lead mining village) The Stiperstones, (mountainous ridge near Pontesbury, including the "Devil's Chair") Stokesay Castle Titterstone Clee Hill, (hill near Ludlow, ex-coalmining and famed for the unusual accent of the locals) Wenlock Edge, (a long wooded ridge and the geological capital of the UK) Whittington Castle Wroxeter, (a ruined Roman city and legionary fortress)

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Bridgnorth Brockton - Kemberton Brockton - Lydbury North Brockton - Worthen Bromfield Bromley Bromlow Brompton Broncroft Bronygarth Broome Broomfields Broseley Broughall Brown Moss Brunslow Bryn Bucknell Buildwas Burcote Burford Burley Burlton Burwarton Buttonbridge Bwlch y Plain Calcott Callaughton Calverhall Calvington Cantlop Cardeston Cardington Castle Pulverbatch Catherton Catteralslane Caynham Cefn Einion Chadwell Chapel Lawn Chelmarsh Chelmick Cheney Longville Cherrington Chesterton Cheswardine Chetton Chetwynd Chetwynd Aston Child's Ercall Chipnall Chirbury Chirk Bank Chorley Choulton Church Ashton Church Preen Church Pulverbatch Church Stretton Claverley Clee Downton Clee Hill Clee St Margaret Clee Stanton Cleeton St Mary Cleobury Mortimer Cleobury North Clive Clun Clunbury Clungunford Clunton Coalbrookdale Coalport Cockshutford Cockshutt Cold Weston Colebatch Colemere Colemore Green Commonwood Condover Coppicegate Coreley Corfton Cosford Coton Coton Hill Cound Crackley Bank Craignant Craven Arms Creamore Bank Cressage Crickheath Crosemere Cross Houses - Bridgnorth Cross Houses - Shrewsbury Cross Lane Head Crosslanes Crowsnest Cruckmeole Cruckton Crudgington Culmington Cwm Head Cwmgilla Lane Dallicott Danesford Darliston Dawley Dawley Bank Decker Hill Deuxhill Diddlebury Ditherington Ditton Priors Doddington Donnington Donnington Wood Dorrington - Shrewsbury Dorrington - Woore Doseley Dovaston Draycott Dryton Duddlewick Dudleston Dudleston Heath Dudnill Eardington Eardiston East Wall Easthope Easthope Wood Eaton Eaton Constantine Eaton Mascott Eaton Under Heywood Eaton Upon Tern Edge Edgebolton Edgeley Edgerley Edgmond Edgmond Marsh Edgton Edstaston Ellerdine Ellerton Ellesmere Elson Enchmarsh English Frankton Ensdon Ercall Heath Eudon George Evelith Ewdness Exfordsgreen Eyton - Lydbury North Eyton - Shrewsbury Eyton on Severn Eyton Upon the Weald Moor Faintree Farden Farlow Farmcote Fauls Felhampton Felton Butler Fitz Ford Ford Heath Forton Frodesley Gadlas Garmston Gilberries Lane Glazeley Gledrid Gobowen Golding Goldings Goldstone Grafton Gravelsbank Great Bolas Great Lyth Great Ness Great Ryton Great Soudley Great Sutton Great Wytheford Greete Gretton Grimpo Grindle Grindle Forge Grindley Brook Grinshill Guilden Down Gwern y Brenin Habberley Hadley Hadnall Halford Halfway House Hamperley Hampton Loade Hanley Childe Hanwood Harlescott Harley Harmer Hill Harnage Harpswood Harton Hatton Haughton - Bridgnorth Haughton - Shrewsbury Haughton - West Felton Haughton Hill Haven Hills Hawkstone Haybridge - South Shropshire Haybridge - Wrekin Hayton's Bent Haytons Bent Heath Common Heath Hill Heathbrook Heathcote Heathton Hengoed Henley - Bishop's Castle Henley - Ludlow Henley Common Heyope Higford High Ercall High Green High Hatton Highley Hightown Hill Hilton Hindford Hinnington Hinstock Hinton Hints Hobarris Hoccum Hodnet Holdgate Hollinswood Hollinwood Homer Honnington Hookagate Hope - Gravels Hope Bagot Hope Bowdler Hopesay Hopstone Hopton Hopton Cangeford Hopton Castle Hopton Heath Hopton Wafers Horderley Hordley Horsebridge Horsehay Horton Howle Hughley Hungryhatton Ifton Heath Ightfield Ightfield Heath Iron Bridge Isombridge Jackfield Kemberton Kempton Kenley Kenwick Park Ketley Ketley Bank Kingslow Kinlet Kinley Kinnerley Kinnerton Green Kinton Knockin Knockin Heath Knowbury Knowle Kynaston Kynnersley Lawley Lea - Bishops Castle Lea - Cruckmeole Lea Cross Leamoor Common Leaton Lee Lee Brockhurst Leebotwood Leegomery Leigh Leighton Lightmoor Lightwoods Lilleshall Lilyhurst Linley Linley Brook Lipley Lismore Little Bolas Little Brampton Little Dawley Little Ness Little Ryton Little Soudley Little Stretton Little Wenlock Little Wytheford Llanfair Waterdine Llanshay Lane Llanyblodwel Llanymynech Llawnt Lloyney Llwyn y Maen Llynclys Lockleywood Long Meadowend Longden Longdon Upon Tern Longford Longmeadow End Longnor Longslow Longswood Longville in the Dale Longwood Loppington Lostford Loughton Lowe Lower Allscott Lower Bryanston Lower Dinchope Lower Down Lower Frankton Lower Hayton Lower Hordley Lower Rillaton Lower Upton Lower Walton Ludford Ludlow Lydbury North Lydham Lyneal Madeley Maesbrook Maesbury Maesbury Marsh Mainstone Malinslee Manor Marchamley Marchamley Wood Market Drayton Marshbrook Marton Maydown Meadowtown Medley Park Meeson Melverley Melverley Green Meole Brace Meretown Merrington Middlehope Middleton - Chirbury Middleton - Ludlow Middleton - Oswestry Middleton Priors Middleton Scriven Millgreen Milson Minsterley Minton Monkhopton Montford Montford Bridge Morda More Moreton Corbet Moreton Mill Moreton Say Moreton Wood Morton Morville Morville Heath Mose Moston Much Wenlock Muckleton Muckley Munslow Muxton Myddle Myndtown Naird Lane Nant y gollen Nantmawr Nash Neachley Nedge Hill Neen Savage Neen Sollars Neenton Nesscliffe Netchwood Nether Skyborry Netherton New Hall New Invention New Marton New Works Newcastle Newington Newnes Newport Newton Newton on the Hill Newtown Nobold Noneley Norbury Nordley Northwood Norton - Atcham Norton - Bridgnorth Norton - Craven Arms Norton in Hales Nox Neen Savage Oakengates Oaks Obley Old Churchstoke Old Marton Old Park Oldbury Oldfields Oldington Oldwood Ollerton Onibury Oreton Osbaston Oswestry Overdale Overley Overton Owlbury Paddolgreen Pant Pant Glas Park Hall Patton Peaton Pell Wall Pennerley Pentre Pentre clawdd Pentre Hodrey Pentrecoed Peplow Perthy Petton Picklescott Pickstock Pipe Gate Pitchford Plaish Platt Lane Plealey Plowden Ploxgreen Pontesbury Pontesford Porth y Waen Posenhall Poynton Green Prees Prees Green Prees Heath Prees Higher Heath Preesgweene Prescott - Baschurch Prescott - Bridgnorth Presthope Preston Preston Brockhurst Preston Gubbals Preston Montford Preston Upon the Weald Moors Priest Weston Priors Halton Priorslee Puleston Pulley Pulverbatch Purlogue Purslow Quabbs Quatford Quatt Queen's Head Quina Brook Ragdon Ratlinghope Red Lake Rednal Rhosygadfa Rhydycroesau Rindleford Rock Green Rockhill Roden Rodington Romsley Rorrington Rosehill Roughton Rowley Rowton - Crudgington Rowton - Ludlow Rowton - Westbury Ruckley Rushbury Rushton Ruthall Ruyton XI Towns Ryebank Ryton Sambrook Sandford - Oswestry Sandford - Wem Seifton Seifton Batch Selattyn Shavington Park Shawbank Shawbury Sheinton Shelderton Shelton Shelve Sheriffhales Shifnal Shipley Shipton Shirlett Shirlowe Shoot Hill Showell Shrawardine Shray Hill Shrewsbury Sibdon Sidbury Siefton Silvington Skyborry Green Sleap Sleapford Smethcott Snailbeach Snitton Sodylt Somerwood Spoonley Spunhill St Martin's Moor St Martins Stableford Stanage Standford Bridge Stanford Stanley Stanton Lacy Stanton Long Stanton Upon Hine Heath Stanwardine in the Field Stanwardine in the Wood Stapleton Steel Heath Stiperstones Stirchley Stockton - Montgomery Stockton - Norton Stoke Heath Stoke on Tern Stoke St Milborough Stoke Upon Tern Stokesay Stonewall Hill Stoney Stretton Stottesdon Stowe Street Dinas Strefford Stretton Heath Stretton Westwood Styche Sugden Sutton - Oswestry Sutton - Shrewsbury Sutton - Woodseaves Sutton Heath Sutton Hill Sutton Maddock Sutton Wood Swancote Sweeney Tasley Telford Tern Hill Tetchill Tetchill Moor The Bank The Corner The Dean The Down The Fouralls The Hem The Hobbins The Home The Wyke Tibberton Ticklerton Tilstock Tong Tong Norton Totterton Tref Ar Clawdd Treflach Trefonen Trench Tuckhill Tugford Turleygreen Twitchen Twyford Uckington Uffington Upper Affcot Upper Battlefield Upper Cound Upper Dinchope Upper Farmcote Upper Hayton Upper Ludstone Upper Millichope Upper Walton Uppington Upton Cressett Upton Magna Vennington Vernolds Common Walcot - Lydbury North Walford Walford Heath Walkmills Wall Under Heywood Walton - High Ercall Walton - Ludlow Waters Upton Wattlesborough Heath Weirbrook Wellington Welsh End Welsh Frankton Welshampton Wem Wentnor Wern Wern Ddu West Felton Westbury Westhope Westley Weston - Bridgnorth Weston - Oswestry Weston - Wem Weston Heath Weston Lullingfields Weston Rhyn Wheat Leasows Wheathill Whitbatch Whitchurch Whitcot Whitcott Keysett Whitemere Whittingslow Whittington Whitton Whixall Wiggington Wigwig Willcott Willey Wistanstow Wistanswick Withington Wixhill Wollaston Wollerton Wolverley Wood Lane Woodbatch Woodcote Woodseaves Woofferton Woolstaston Woolston - South Shropshire Woolston - West Felton Woore Wootton Worfield Worthen Wotherton Wrekin Wrekin Course Wrentnall Wrickton Wrockwardine Wrockwardine Wood Wroxeter Wyke Wyken Wykey

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