Shropshire: Local History Resources

The rural county of Shropshire is in the English region called the West Midlands, and sits against the border of Wales, which is a different country in the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Local History On Facebook

Sharing old photos and films, memories and information is easy to do by joining a local history Facebook group. The ones relating to Shropshire include:

  • Alveley Historical Society
  • Lawley & Overdale Local History Group
  • Oswestry Family & Local History Group
  • Worthen & Brockton Local History Group

Local History Resources

In addition to the extensive UK resources for local history and family history searches, the following societies, organisations and museums focus on Shropshire and its immediate neighbours:

  • Acton Scott Working Farm
  • Alveley Village Hall website
  • Ashford Bowdler
  • Astley Church
  • Attingham Park
  • Battlefield 1403
  • Benthall Hall
  • Bicton Village
  • Billingsley Church
  • Bishops Castle
  • Bishop’s Castle Railway and Transport Museum
  • Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Bog Visitor Centre
  • Bog Visitor Centre 
  • Bomere Heath
  • Boscobel House
  • Bridgnorth Lists
  • Bridgnorth Museum
  • RAF Bridgnorth
  • Broseley Local History
  • Broseley Pipeworks
  • Gorge Museums
  • Cambrian Heritage Railways
  • Cardington
  • Church Stretton
  • Cleobury Mortimer & Dist History Society
  • The Clive & Grinshill History Group
  • Clun Town Museum
  • Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
  • Coalport China Museum
  • Coleham Pumping Station
  • RAF Cosford Aerospace Museum
  • Daniels Mill
  • Darby Houses
  • Dudmaston Hall
  • ElevenTowns
  • Engine House 7325 
  • Enginuity
  • Ercall Magna
  • Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill-Maltings
  • Hadnall
  • Hanwood
  • Hodnet (incl Marchamley, Wollerton & Peplow)
  • Hope Bowdler
  • House on Crutches Museum
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum
  • Iron Bridge and Toll House
  • Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Land of Lost Content
  • Llanymynech Heritage Area
  • Loppington Church
  • Loppington Village Hall
  • Ludlow Castle
  • Ludlow History Society
  • Ludlow Museum
  • Lydbury North
  • Made in Shrewsbury
  • Madeley Local Studies Group
  • Market Drayton Museum
  • Merrythought
  • Morville Hall
  • Much Wenlock Museum
  • Museum of the Gorge
  • Mythstories Museum of Myth & Fable
  • The Nine Men of Madeley Project
  • Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer
  • Oswestry Cemetery Project
  • Oswestry Railway Centre
  • Oswestry Town Museum
  • Oswestry & Welsh Borders Tourist Association
  • Park Hall
  • Preen Family History Study Group
  • Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
  • Ruyton-XI-Towns Local History Group
  • Severn Valley Railway
  • Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
  • Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust
  • Shropshire Archives
  • Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
  • Shropshire Regimental Museum
  • Smethcote Registers
  • Speed’s 1612 Map of Shropshire
  • Stanton Long
  • Stanwardine in the Wood – A History
  • St Asaph Diocese notitiae (census) of 1681
  • Stokesay Castle
  • Stokesay Court
  • Sunnycroft
  • Tar Tunnel
  • Wellington History Group
  • Wellington Town Council
  • Welsh Guards Museum
  • West Felton PCC Will Abstracts
  • Weston Lullingfields Graveyard Survey
  • Whitchurch Cemetery
  • Whitchurch Heritage Centre
  • Whitchurch History and Archaeology Group
  • Wilderhope Manor
  • Willey Registers
  • Wrekin Historical Group (previously Telford Historical and Archaeological Society)
  • Wrekin Local Studies Forum
  • Wroxeter Roman City

How Many Towns Are In Shropshire?

The county town of Shropshire is picturesque Shrewsbury. Altogether this English county has 22 towns, 19 of which are market towns. The towns in Shropshire are:

  • Bishop’s Castle
  • Bridgnorth
  • Broseley
  • Church Stretton
  • Cleobury Mortimer
  • Clun
  • Craven Arms
  • Dawley
  • Ellesmere
  • Ludlow
  • Madeley
  • Market Drayton
  • Much Wenlock
  • Newport
  • Oakengates
  • Oswestry
  • Shifnal
  • Shrewsbury
  • Telford
  • Wellington
  • Wem
  • Whitchurch

The Villages And Hamlets Of Shropshire

Not surprisingly, the rural county has a large number of villages and hamlets, as follows:

  • Abbey Green, Abcott, Abdon, Ackleton, Acton Burnell, Acton Pigott, Acton Reynald, Acton Round, Acton Scott, Acton, Shropshire, Adderley, Adeney, Admaston, Alberbury, Albrighton, Bridgnorth, Albrighton, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Alcaston, Alderton, Aldon, Ale Oak, Alkington, All Stretton, Allscot, Alveley, Anchor, Angelbank, Annscroft, Apley Forge, Argoed, Arleston, Arscott, Ashfield, Ashfields, Ashford Bowdler, Ashford Carbonel, Ash Magna, Ash Parva, Asterley, Asterton, Astley Abbotts, Astley, Aston Botterell, Aston Eyre, Aston Pigott, Aston Rogers, Aston on Clun, Aston, Shropshire, Atcham, Atterley, Aqueduct, Alveston
  • Babbinswood, Bache Mill, Bache, Back Brook, Badger, Bagginswood, Bagley Marsh, Bagley, Balmer Heath, Bankshead, Barkers Green, Barnsley, Barrow, Baschurch, Battlefield, Bayston Hill, Beambridge, Beckbury, Beckjay, Bedlam, Bedstone, Benthall, Bentlawnt, Beobridge, Berrington, Betchcott, Betton, Betton Strange, Bettws-y-Crwyn, Bicton, Bicton, South Shropshire, Billingsley, Bings Heath, Birtley, Bitterley, Bletchley, Bomere Heath, Boningale, Boraston, Boscobel, Botvyle, Bouldon, Bowbrook, Bradeley Green, Brandhill, Breaden Heath, Broadward, Brockton, Bromfield, Brompton, Bronygarth, Broome, Broomfields, Broughall, Brown Heath, Bucknell, Buildwas, Burcote, Burford, Burlton, Burwarton, Bushmoor, Buttonoak
  • Cabin, Calcott, Calverhall, Cantlop, Cardeston, Cardington, Castle Pulverbatch, Caynham, Cefn Einion, Chadwell, Chapel Lawn, Chelmarsh, Cheney Longville, Cherrington, Cheswardine, Cheswell, Chetton, Chetwynd, Child’s Ercall, Chipnall, Chirbury, Church Aston, Church Preen, Church Pulverbatch, Churchmoor, Claverley, Clee St. Margaret, Cleehill, Cleobury North, Clive, Clunbury, Clungunford, Clunton, Coalbrookdale, Coalport, Cockshutt, Colebatch, Colemere, Comley, Condover, Coppicegate, Coreley, Corfton, Cosford, Coton, Coton Hill, Cound, Crackleybank, Cressage, Cross Houses, Crossgreen, Cruckmeole, Cruckton, Crudgington, Culmington, Cwm Head, Crickheath
  • Ditton Priors, Doddington, Donnington, Dorrington, Dorrington Lane, Drayton, Donnington Wood, Dudleston Heath (Criftins), Dunnington
  • Eaton, Eaton Constantine, Eaton-under-Heywood, Eaton Mascott, Eaton-upon-Tern, Edgmond, Edgton, Edstaston, Enchmarsh, English Frankton, Ercall Magna
  • Farlow, Fauls Green, Felindre, Fitz, Ford, Foxholes
  • Gobowen, Grafton, Granville, Gravenhunger, Great Ness, Great Soudley, Grindley Brook, Grinshill
  • Habberley, Hadley, Hadnall, Hamperley, Halfway House, Hampton Loade, Hanwood, Harmer Hill, Haughmond Hill, Haughton, Hawkstone, High Ercall, Higher Heath, Highley, Hinstock, Hinton, Hobarris, Hodnet, Holdgate, Hollinwood, Hollinswood, Hook-a-Gate, Hopesay, Hopton Castle, Hopton Wafers, Horsebridge, Horsehay
  • Ightfield, Ironbridge, Isombridge
  • Jackfield
  • Ketley, Kinlet, Kinton, Kynnersley, Knighton, Knowbury, Knowle, Knockin, Kinnerley
  • Leamoor Common, Leaton, Leebotwood, Lee Brockhurst, Linley, Little Brampton, Little Ness, Little Stretton, Little Wenlock, Lilleshall, Little Soudley, Llanfair Waterdine, Llanyblodwel, Llanymynech, Llynclys, Lockleywood, Longden, Longdon-on-Tern, Longford, Market Drayton, Longford, Newport, Loppington, Lowe, Lower Heath, Ludford, Lydbury North, Lydham, Lyneal
  • Maesbrook, Maesbury, Mainstone, Marshbrook, Marton, Melverley, Merrington, Middleton Baggot, Middleton Priors, Minsterley, Minton, Montford, Montford Bridge, Morda, More, Moreton Corbet, Moreton Say, Myddle, Muxton
  • Neen Savage, Neen Sollars, Neenton, Nesscliffe, Newcastle (on Clun), New Invention, Newtown, Norbury, Northwood
  • Obley, Old Woods, Ollerton, Oreton, Osbaston, Osbaston, Telford, Oswestry, Overton
  • Pant, Patton, Pave Lane, Peaton, Peatonstrand, Pennerley, Pentreheyling, Picklescott, Pimhill, Plaish, Plowden, Plox Green, Pontesbury, Pontesford, Prees, Prees Green, Preston Gubbals, Priestweston, Priors Holt, Priorslee, Pulverbatch, Purslow
  • Quatford, Quatt, Quabbs, Quina Brook
  • Ratlinghope, Richard’s Castle, Rockhill, Roden, Rodington, Rodington Heath, Rorrington, Ruyton-XI-Towns, Rugeley
  • St Martin’s, St George’s, Shawbury, Shelve, Sheriffhales, Shrawardine, Sibdon Carwood, Skyborry, Smethcott, Snailbeach, Sponsbury, Stanton Lacy, Stanton Long, Stanton upon Hine Heath, Steel Heath, Stiperstones, Stirchley, Stokesay, Stoke Heath, Stoke St. Milborough, Stoke upon Tern, Stottesdon, Stretton Westwood, Snedshill, Selattyn
  • Ternhill, Tibberton, Ticklerton, Tilley, Tilstock, Tong, Treflach, Trefonen, Twitchen, Trench
  • Uckington, Uffington, Upper Affcot, Upper Battlefield, Uppington, Upton Magna
  • Vennington
  • Walcot, Walford, Waterloo, Welshampton, Welsh Frankton, Wentnor, West Felton, Westbury, Weston Lullingfields, Weston Rhyn, Weston-under-Redcastle, Wettles, Wheathill, Whitcot, Whitcott Keysett, Whittingslow, Whittington, Whixall, Winding River, Wistanstow, Wistanswick, Withington, Wixhill, Wollaston, Woofferton, Woolstaston, Woolston (near Oswestry), Woolston (near Church Stretton and Craven Arms), Woore, Worfield, Worthen, Wrentnall, Wrockwardine, Wrockwardine Wood, Wroxeter, Wyken, Wykey
  • Yeaton, Yockleton, Yorton
Where is Shropshire?

Shropshire’s borders meet with:
Wales (to the west)
Cheshire (to the north)
Staffordshire (to the east)
Worcestershire (to the south)
Herefordshire (to the south)

What Cities Are In Shropshire?

Although Wroxeter was once the location of Roman Britain’s fourth largest city, today the rural county of Shropshire does not contain a single city.

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