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About Shropshire + Telford

An area filled with agriculture, history, and beauty

Shropshire is an area of Great Britain steeped in history, where beautiful countryside connects a network of thriving towns.

 

The homeland of modern engineering

Recognised as the birthplace of modern industry, the county’s Ironbridge Gorge, along with the spectacular heritage of Ludlow and Shrewsbury, supports a strong tourism industry.

 

Shropshire is blessed to offer an informative and educational  insight into our history - not just as a county, but as a nation.

 

With its roots in agriculture, much of the land across Shropshire still boasts beautiful countryside, with many of the estimated 500,000 residents living in the major towns.

Ironbridge in Shropshire
Ironbridge in Shropshire

A settlement of historic origins

The county town of Shrewsbury is a large market town, where the medieval streets are awash with history, including being the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Although it now falls under a separate local authority, Telford and Wrekin is a key part of the ceremonial county, with around 170,000 residents.

The county is proud to serve as the home of two major RAF bases at RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury, which play a huge part in local life.

A place of rural beauty

Farming has always been an important part of life in Shropshire and remains so, with landmark landscapes complementing the agricultural surroundings. So stunning are these local landscapes that the Shropshire Hills, including Long Mynd and Stiperstones, have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

This further contributes to the number of visitors to the county, with the Shropshire Union canal and Much Wenlock – seen as the home of the modern Olympic games – adding to the tourism economy.

Stiperstones in Shropshire
The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Clive of India statue, Robert Clive, with timber framed buildings in The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A thriving community

Shropshire’s central position in the country’s transport network has seen the area continue to thrive as a distribution centre supporting the economy and industry, to create a county with a rich past and a strong future.

 

As Shropshire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Anna Turner is delighted to act as an ambassador to support the county’s success and uphold the honour of being the Queen’s personal representative. As the county motto states, long “May Shropshire Flourish”.