Albrighton | Alveley | Bayston Hill | Bishop's Castle | Bridgnorth | Broseley | Church Stretton |
Cleobury Mortimer | Clun |
Craven Arms | Ellesmere | Highley | Ironbridge | Knighton | Ludlow | Madeley |
Market Drayton | Minsterley | Much Wenlock |
Newport | Oakengates | Oswestry | Pontesbury | Ruyton XI Towns | Shawbury | Shifnal |
Shrewsbury | Telford | The Bog | Trefonen |
Wellington | Wem | Weston-under-Redcastle | Whitchurch
Shropshire is a
county in the West Midlands region of England. It borders Wales to the west, Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east,
Worcestershire to the south-east and Herefordshire to the south. A unitary authority (Shropshire Council) was created on 1 April
2009, taking over from the previous county council and 5 district councils, and covers most of the county. The borough of Telford
and Wrekin, included in Shropshire for ceremonial purposes, has been a separate unitary authority since 1998.
The county's population and economy is centred on five towns: the county town of Shrewsbury, which is culturally and historically
important and is located in the centre of the county; Telford, a new town in the east which was constructed around a number of
older towns, most notably Wellington, Dawley and Madeley, which is today the most populous; and Oswestry in the north-west,
Bridgnorth just to the south of Telford, and Ludlow in the south. The county has many further smaller towns, including Whitchurch
in the north, Newport just to the north-east of Telford, and Market Drayton in the north-east of the county.
The Ironbridge Gorge area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley. There
are, additionally, other notable historic industrial sites located around the county, such as at Shrewsbury, Broseley, Snailbeach
and Highley as well as the Shropshire Union Canal.
The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers about a quarter of the county, mainly in the south. Shropshire
is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties, with the population density of the Shropshire Council area being
just 91/km2 (337/sq mi). The Wrekin is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the county, though the highest hills
are the Clee Hills, Stiperstones and the Long Mynd. Wenlock Edge is another significant geographical and geological
landmark. In the low-lying northwest of the county (and overlapping the border with Wales) is the Fenn's, Whixall and
Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, one of the most important and best preserved bogs in Britain. The River Severn, Great
Britain's longest river, runs through the county, exiting into Worcestershire via the Severn Valley. Shropshire is landlocked, and
with an area of 3,487 square kilometres (1,346 sq mi), is England's largest inland county.
The county flower is the round-leaved sundew. For Eurostat purposes, the county (less the unitary district of Telford and
Wrekin) 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" NUTS 2 region.
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