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"Salop" redirects here. For the beverage, see . Shropshire ( ; alternatively Salop ; abbreviated, in print only, Shrops; demonym Salopian ) is a in the of England, bordering to the west, to the north, to the east, and and to the south.

was created in 2009, a taking over from the previous and five district councils. The borough of has been a separate unitary authority since 1998 but continues to be included in the . Shropshire : "Floreat Salopia" ("May Shropshire flourish") Coordinates: : Established Algernon Eustace Heber-Percy Rhoderick M Swire (2018/19) Area 3,487 km 2 (1,346 sq mi) • Ranked Population (mid-2017 est.) 493,200 • Ranked Density 141/km 2 (370/sq mi) Ethnicity Figures for : 93.8% White, British 1.9% White, other 1.5% S.

Asian 0.9% Mixed 0.6% White, Irish 0.6% Black Council Executive Admin HQ Area 3,197 km 2 (1,234 sq mi) • Ranked Population 317,500 • Ranked Density 99/km 2 (260/sq mi) GB-SHR 00GG E06000051 UKG22 Website Districts of Shropshire • Shropshire • Members of Parliament Police () • Summer () () The county's population and economy is centred on five towns: the of , which is culturally and historically important and close to the centre of the county; , a in the east which was constructed around a number of older towns, most notably , and , which is today the most populous; and in the northwest, just to the south of Telford, and in the south.

The county has many , including in the north, northeast of Telford and in the northeast of the county. The area is a UNESCO , covering , and a part of .

There are other historic industrial sites in the county, such as at Shrewsbury, , and , as well as the .

The 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/km 2 (350/sq mi). is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the county, though the highest hills are the , and the . is another significant geographical and geological landmark. In the low-lying northwest of the county overlapping the border with Wales is the , one of the most important and best preserved in Britain. The , Great Britain's longest river, runs through the county, exiting into Worcestershire via the .

Shropshire is landlocked and with an area of 3,487 square kilometres (1,346 sq mi) is England's largest inland county. The is the . Section of near the Shropshire town of , constructed after the Saxon annexation of the area in the 8th century AD. The area was once part of the lands of the , 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- times was probably a on .

's 2nd century Geography names one of their towns as being (), which became their capital under 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 ; known in Welsh poetry as the Paradise of Powys. It was annexed to the Angle kingdom of by King in the 8th century, at which time he built two significant dykes there to defend his territory against the or at least demarcate it.

In subsequent centuries, the area suffered repeated incursions, and fortresses were built at (912) and (913). After the in 1066, major estates in Shropshire were granted to Normans, including , who ordered significant constructions, particularly in Shrewsbury, the town of which he was .

Many defensive castles were built at this time across the county to defend against the Welsh and enable effective control of the region, including 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 the and that of . Some parishes in the north-west of the county in later times fell under the until the disestablishment of the in 1920, when they were ceded to the Lichfield diocese.

The county was a central part of the during the medieval period and was often embroiled in the power struggles between powerful , the and successive monarchs.

The county contains a number of historically significant towns, including Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow (which was the seat of the ). Additionally, the area around in the county is seen as highly significant, as it is regarded as one of the birthplaces of the .

The village of , near , is the location of the lowest recorded temperature (in terms of weather) in England and Wales. at . Etymology Shropshire is first recorded in the annal for 1006. The origin of the name is the Scrobbesbyrigscīr, which means "". The name may, therefore, be derived indirectly from a personal name such as (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 Floreat Salopia.

When a county council for the county was first established in 1889, it was called Salop County Council. Following the , Salop became the official name of the county. The name was not well-regarded locally however, and a subsequent 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. County extent The border with Wales was defined in the 16th century – the of Oswestry (including ) and Pimhill (including ) and part of had prior to the formed various Lordships in the .

The present day ceremonial county boundary is almost the same as the historic one. Notably there has been the removal of several and . The largest of the exclaves was , which became part of in 1844 (now part of the county), and the largest of the enclaves was Herefordshire's 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 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 Worcestershire. Geographically, Shropshire is divisible into two distinct halves – north and south.

The county has a highly diverse . The extends into eastern Shropshire, covering an area north from , to the east of Bridgnorth, north to the eastern side of Telford, leaving Shropshire eastwards alongside the A5.

This encompasses , and , and various other villages paralleling and Wolverhampton. North Shropshire , seen here in , is the primary watercourse in the county.

The North Shropshire Plain is an extension of the flat and fertile . It is here that most of the county's large towns, and population, are to be found. at the centre, to the north west, to the north, to the north east, and and the Telford conurbation (Telford, , , and Shifnal) to the east. The land is fertile and agriculture remains a major feature of the landscape and the economy. The runs through the lower half of this area (from Wales in the west, eastwards), through Shrewsbury and down the , before heading south to .

The area around has more rugged geography than the North Shropshire Plain and the western half is over an extension of the Coalfield and there are also copper deposits on the border with .

Mining of stone and sand is still going on in , notably on , near , and around the village of . Lead mining also took place at and the , but this has now ceased. Other primary industries, such as forestry and fishing, are to be found too. is a prominent geographical feature located in the east of the county. The and run from (to the east of the county) across to Telford, around Shrewsbury parallel to the line of , an .

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 . The new town of Telford is built partly on a former industrial area centred on the 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 , , and area.

museum and historical () village is a major tourist attraction as well as the Iron Bridge itself. In addition, runs from . South Shropshire For information specifically on the , see . 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 towns are , with a population of around 12,000 people, and . The is located in the south-west, covering an area of 810 km 2 (312 sq mi); it forms the only specifically protected area of the county. Inside this area is the popular , a large plateau of 516 m (1,693 ft) and 536 metres (1,759 ft) high to the East of the , overlooking . The skyline of , one of south Shropshire's market towns, dominated by its sizeable castle and church. The is the main road through the area, running north to south, from Shrewsbury to .

A railway line runs through the area on the same route as the A49 with stations at Church Stretton, and Ludlow. The steam heritage runs from Bridgnorth into along the , terminating at . Because of its valley location and character, Church Stretton is sometimes referred to as . Nearby are the old mining and quarrying communities on the , notable geological features in the and and fertile farmland in the .

The drains this part of the county, before flowing into to the south and joining the River Severn. One of the Clee Hills, the , is the county's highest peak at 540 metres (1,772 ft).

This gives Shropshire the tallest hill per county in England. South West Shropshire is a little-known and remote part of the county, with , , the and the . The small towns of and 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 . Natural regions , where on 10 January 1982 the coldest temperature ever in England was recorded.

The of Shropshire is moderate. Rainfall averages 760 to 1,000 mm (30 to 40 in), influenced by being in the of the from warm, moist 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 and .

The flat northern plain in the north and east has a similar climate to that of the rest of the . Being rural and inland, temperatures can fall more dramatically on clear winter nights than in many other parts of England. It was at , in , 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 , which is in the north, between and .

Climate data for Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °C (°F) 7.2 (45) 7.5 (45.5) 10.1 (50.2) 12.7 (54.9) 16.0 (60.8) 18.8 (65.8) 21.0 (69.8) 20.6 (69.1) 17.9 (64.2) 13.9 (57) 10.0 (50) 7.2 (45) 13.6 (56.4) Average low °C (°F) 0.8 (33.4) 0.6 (33.1) 2.3 (36.1) 3.5 (38.3) 6.5 (43.7) 9.3 (48.7) 11.3 (52.3) 11.1 (52) 9.1 (48.4) 6.3 (43.3) 3.2 (37.8) 0.9 (33.6) 5.4 (41.7) Average rainfall mm (inches) 56.3 (2.22) 39.0 (1.54) 46.5 (1.83) 49.1 (1.93) 53.5 (2.11) 53.4 (2.1) 53.9 (2.12) 59.4 (2.34) 57.2 (2.25) 67.8 (2.67) 61.5 (2.42) 62.3 (2.45) 659.9 (25.98) Source #1: Met Office Source #2: (1971–2000 averages) is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) of , and 12 miles (19 km) of .

Geology Road near . Shropshire has a huge range of different types of rocks, stretching from the until the . In the northern part of the county there are examples of , , and . Centrally, Precambrian, , , Carboniferous and Permian predominate. And in the south it is predominantly and . Shropshire has a number of areas with Silurian and Ordivician rocks, where a number of , and can be found.

Mortimer Forest and Wenlock Edge are examples where a number of can be found. Statistical For purposes, the county (less the unitary district of ) 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" . The , officially adopted in 2012 The Shropshire county flag was registered with the in March 2012. It shows three heads ('loggerheads') on a gold and blue background.

Main article: Shropshire's is , three , two issuant from the chief and one in base, each charged with a '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 on the head of the log used as a . County flower , Shropshire's county flower In a national poll in 2002 conducted by , the (drosera rotundifolia) was chosen as Shropshire's county flower.

The round-leaved sundew is a -coloured that requires a . Due to its range is now dramatically reduced and Shropshire's is one of the few areas in England where it can now be found. Shropshire Day Shropshire's is on 23 February, the of , of . St Milburga was the daughter of king , who founded the abbey within his sub-kingdom of .

The town adjoining the priory is now known as , and lies within the boundaries of the modern county of Shropshire. Motto Shropshire's is Floreat Salopia, meaning "May Shropshire flourish". Further information: , , and Shropshire has no , but 22 towns, of which two can be considered major.

is the largest town in the county with a population of 138,241 (which is approximately 30% of the total Salopian populace); whereas the of has a lower, but still sizeable population of 71,715 (15%).

The other sizeable towns are , , and . The historic town of now makes up part of the Telford conurbation. The majority of the other settlements can be classed as villages or small towns such as .

Several villages have larger populations than the smallest town, . The largest of these, , is the 10th most inhabited settlement in the county. The names of several villages close to the border are of origin, such as and .

The larger settlements are primarily concentrated in a central belt that roughly follows the / roadway. Other settlements are concentrated on rivers, for example Bridgnorth and on the Severn, or Ludlow on the Teme, as these waterways were historically vital for trade and a supply of water. Ceremonial county of Shropshire shown within , Motorways, , Largest settlements (by population): (138,241) (71,715) (15,613) (12,212) (10,814) (10,500) (10,407) (8,907) (7,094) (village) (5,079) (5,142) (4,912) (4,671) (village) (4,157) (village) (3,605) (village) (3,500) (3,223) (village) (2,688) (2,605) (2,289) (1,962) (1,630) (village) (1,500) (village) (1,475) (680) The town of was created by the merger and expansion of older, small towns to the north and east of .

These towns now have sizeable populations that now make up the population of Telford: (20,430), (17,935), [ ] (11,399) and (8,517), [ ] but the Telford and Wrekin borough towns incentive aims to make Oakengates into the largest of the towns. Election results 2005 & 2010 Parliamentary constituencies The county 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) (Labour = Red, Conservatives = Blue and Liberal Democrats = Orange). The current MPs of Shropshire are: • , Conservative, (covering the town of ) • , Conservative, (covering the former and districts, now coextensive with the North area committee) • , Conservative, (covering the former and (the majority of) Bridgnorth districts; now coextensive with the South area committee except for the part covered by the Wrekin constituency) • , Conservative, (covering the former district; now coextensive with the Central area committee) • , Conservative, (covering borough, minus Telford, and including a small area of the former Bridgnorth district/South area committee) Constituency 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 Ludlow Christopher Gill Matthew Green CON Philip Dunne North Shropshire CON John Biffen CON Owen Paterson Shrewsbury & Atcham CON Derek Conway Paul Marsden LD Paul Marsden CON Daniel Kawczynski Telford LAB Bruce Grocott* LAB Bruce Grocott LAB David Wright CON Lucy Allan The Wrekin LAB Peter Bradley CON Mark Pritchard • Note (*), was split at the 1997 election.

Divisions and environs is Shropshire's county town and seat of . Most of the of Shropshire is covered for purposes of local government by , a established in 2009. is a unitary authority, with , 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 , and the two authorities co-operate on some projects such as mapping flood risk.

The whole county (including ) is served by the . The new unitary authority for Shropshire, , divides the county into three areas, each with its own : North, Central and South. These area committees deal with town and country planning matters. With the parishing of the formerly of Shrewsbury in 2008, the entire ceremonial county is now . 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 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 with one or more neighbouring parishes, or in some instances, have a (such as in ). 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 ).

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 of Shropshire was constituted, covering the entire county.

There was a two-tier system of local government, constituting a (as the upper tier) and six councils – , , , , and . In 1998 The Wrekin became a , 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.

Oswestry and Shrewsbury & Atcham were each granted borough status in 1974. Telford and Wrekin became a borough in 2002. 2009 restructuring Shropshire's shirehall is located opposite . In 2006 a local government white paper supported proposals for new to be set up in England in certain areas. Existing 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' (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. The proposal to create a Shropshire unitary authority, covering the area of the existing non-metropolitan county, was supported by the and 1 April 2009 was set as the date for the re-organisation to take place. The first elections to Shropshire Council took place on 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 and establishing a for Shrewsbury. The parish was created on 13 May 2008 and is the second most populous in England (only has a greater population) with a population of over 70,000. Political control of councils Shropshire Council has been under Conservative control since the first election held in 2009; has been under control since 2011. The direct from to with a and mailbags delivering the at a time when 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. 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 : the (from north of to near ), the (from to ) and the (from its beginning at to ). In addition, the potentially could be restored in the future.

The runs through the east of the county, as far as . Major roads in the county include the , which connects Shropshire to the rest of the motorway network, and more specifically to the . The 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 and the . There are a number of major lines running through the county, including the , the , the , the and the , as well as including the well established .

The exists in . The three train operating companies working in the county are , and . A new company, , commenced services from Shropshire to , in spring 2008 but the service was discontinued on 28 January 2011 leaving Shrewsbury without a direct link to the capital. Virgin Trains recommenced services from Shrewsbury to on 11 December 2014, having withdrawn them in the late 1990s. Two major water supply run across Shropshire; the running through South Shropshire carrying water from to and the Vyrnwy Aqueduct running through North Shropshire delivering water from to .

Telford Plaza in . The economy of Shropshire was traditionally dominated by agriculture. However, in more recent years it has become more service orientated. The county town of , the historic castle-dominated , the International Olympic Movement's birthplace and the industrial birthplace of are the foremost tourist areas in Shropshire, along with the restored canal network which provides narrowboat holidays on the and other canals in the region, although the natural beauty of the county draws people to all areas.

Industry is mostly found in , , , and Shrewsbury, though small industrial estates can be found in most of the market towns as well as former airfields in rural areas. Shrewsbury is becoming a centre for distribution and warehousing, as it is located on a nodal point of the regional road network.

In Telford, a new rail freight facility has been built at with the future goal of extending the line to , this is hoped it would open the freight terminal up to the and the north, plus also re-connect to the rail network. Telford 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, .

Shrewsbury also has two medium-sized shopping centres, the indoor "Pride Hill" and "" 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 helps it draw in considerable numbers of shoppers, notably on Saturday. Well-known companies in Shropshire include in . The have two bases at and , and the charity has its head office in , Telford. Statistics 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, with figures in millions of British .

Year Regional Gross Value Added Agriculture Industry Services 1995 2,388 238 618 1,533 2000 2,977 177 739 2,061 2003 3,577 197 843 2,538 With the statistics for the borough of included, the following represents the ceremonial county: Year Regional Gross Value Added Agriculture Industry Services 1995 4,151 266 1,483 2,403 2000 5,049 197 1,512 3,340 2003 5,947 218 1,693 4,038 See also: The Shropshire Council area has a completely education system, whilst in the borough of Telford and Wrekin there are two selective schools, both of which are located in — these are the and (both of which are ranked within the top thirty schools in the country).

In Telford itself is the , ranked as one of the best comprehensive schools in England. Some Shropshire children attend schools in , including . The county has many independent schools, including , which attended, and , which was founded in 1407.

There are three sixth-form colleges located in Shropshire: the , and . 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, the Telford campus of the and in , near Newport, , 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 . In Ironbridge, the operates the in partnership with the , which offers postgraduate and professional development courses in heritage. Shropshire has the highest educational attainment in the . William Penny Brookes, 1875 • , early industrialist • , sculptor of the Quadriga at Hyde Park Corner • , of , Archery Olympic bronze medalist • , an international , forced to retire early due to injury.

• , novelist • , born in Ironbridge, footballer and England captain • , early computing pioneer, lived at in 1814 • , eminent developed the • radio presenter and DJ, born in Loppington • of Newport, winner of • The , historically residing in • , footballer (born in Shrewsbury), Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C & Wales • (1913–1995), author • (1518–1585), legal scholar and theorist • Sir (1590–1659), Proprietor, Earl Palatine and Governor of • , an Anglo-Saxon magnate • of Ellesmere, social reformer and founder of the • farm worker from Ludlow and one of the great singers • of Wem, infamous judge • , comedian and actor grew up in Wem • (1474–1534), • (Izzy), famous opera singer from Much Wenlock • , writer of The Ghost Hunter • , Esq., Admiral of the White • , born in Shrewsbury, and England goalkeeper • , 'Mad Jack' Mytton, Regency rake, MP, gambler and horseman • , of , industrialist • TV presenter, • , guitarist with • , writer of the Poppy Cat books • , former head of the T.U.C.

• , famous 19th century statesman • , writer • , classicist and public personality at • (1881–1927), author • , first man to swim the • , author • , actor lived near until his death in 2011 • Sir , prominent Elizabethan • , TV presenter • , 'Clive of India', born near Market Drayton • , Napoleonic era general • , of Wem, in the band • , ornithologist • , stand-up comedian, writer and director.

• , TV and radio presenter • , 1980s pop group • , bodyguard and author • , American science fiction author lives in Shropshire • , leading poet • , epidemiologist and early bio-statistician • , (1861–1924) theologian • , from Much Wenlock, founder • , dramatist and playwright famous for A 1984 film adaptation of was filmed in . Scrooge's fictional grave remains in the churchyard of • Shropshire has been depicted and mentioned in a number of works of literature.

The poet used Shropshire as the setting for many of the poems in his first book, , and many of 's children's books are set in Shropshire. Additionally, 's novella, St. Mawr, is partially set in the Longmynd area of . • The early twentieth century novelist and poet was born in Shropshire and lived most of her life there, and all her novels are set there, most notably , with its powerful evocation of the Shropshire countryside.

A school in bears her name. • In 's , Jonathan Strange is from the county, and some parts of the book are set there. • Another fictional character from Shropshire is Mr Grindley, from ' Bleak House. • 's fictional , the ancestral home of , is located in Shropshire. Also from Shropshire is , a fictional character in a series of Wodehouse's novels. • In , Algernon attempts to trick Jack into revealing the location of his country home by inferring he resides in Shropshire.

• The 1856 novel by William M. Burwell features two Shropshire farms acting as an allegory for – White Acre Farm being the Northern United States, and Black Acre Farm being the slaveholding Southern United States. • The county has also appeared in film: the 1984 film version of Charles Dickens' was filmed in Shrewsbury. The 2005 sit-com is set in Shropshire and is filmed near Bridgnorth.

• of Shropshire features in ; is a member of the community at the Abbey. • In the film , Mr. Wilcox's daughter gets married in Shropshire. Part of the novel is set near Clun. Hawkstone Motocross Circuit. There are a significant number of sporting clubs and facilities in Shropshire, many of which are found in and 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 . Situated at just outside in , this is where the trained for two weeks prior to their success in the .

Football The three highest (and only professional) clubs in the county are (), () and () in Oswestry. There are numerous amateur football clubs in lower leagues, the highest of which is . The in the county is the , who organise a number of county-wide cup competitions, including the . In May 2012 the was created, replacing the 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): League Clubs 3 6 8 9 Premier Division 10 Premier Division , , , , 11 West Midlands (Regional) League Division One Newport Town, St Martins, Wem Town 13 and 14 Also, some clubs situated near the Welsh border play in the : League Clubs 1 5 Newcastle Division One Morda United 6 Montgomeryshire Football League Division Two Bishop's Castle Town, Trefonen Other sports The county has one team, , which was founded in 2006, and is a club in the .

Former teams in the county have included the , which ran from 1985 to 1989 and the which ran in 1989. Shropshire has a number of rugby clubs, including , the highest-leveled team in the county, playing in the . Bike race 2006 The area also has a rich motorsports heritage, with the and situated near Shrewsbury.

has staged events in the area for over 30 years. There is additionally an ice hockey club in the county, the . The county of private and public , including the , situated on the slopes of the . 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 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 ; held every four years, it is Britain's only floodlit cycle race.

The historic are held annually in 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 golf competition. • . The London Gazette.

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