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The local area guide to living in Shropshire

Shropshire is a county situated in the West Midlands of England, and is adjacent to Powys, Wrexham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire. Since 1998, the borough of Telford and Wrekin has separated into a unitary authority, but it is still included in the ceremonial county. The county is divided into two, with the north having a larger population and larger towns, while the south is more serene, complete with scenic countryside views.

Shrewsbury sits in the middle of Shropshire, and contains the largest number of historic listed buildings in England, giving the area a strong medieval aesthetic. The Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located by the River Severn. The site played a crucial role during the Industrial Revolution, as raw materials such as coal, iron ore, clay and limestone were mined in the gorge to create porcelain, iron and tiles.

One place that has to be seen to be believed is the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a collection of stunning hills, river valleys, farmland and woodland that covers up about a quarter of the whole of Shropshire. Teeming with wildlife and nature, this is a truly stunning setting, fit for walking, hiking, exploring and all kinds of other outdoor activities.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, there are around 306,100 people living in Shropshire. 95.4% of the population are of white heritage, which is considerably higher than the national average. The next highest represented ethnicity is Chinese and Other Asian, at 0.3%. The population has a slightly older demographic than the rest of the country, although Telford has a large number of young people residing there.

Nearby schools

There is a good choice of schools all over Shropshire. For primary education, Bishop's Castle Primary School, Greenfields Primary School, and St Peter's Primary School are all well respected. The Grange School and Adcote School for Girls are both really good secondary schools, while Shrewsbury School once had Charles Darwin as a pupil. Shropshire is above average in the league tables, with 56% of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSE’s at grade C or above.

Getting around

The railway services in Shropshire could definitely be improved, as there are no direct links to London, although there are links to North Wales, the West Midland, and the North East. The M54 runs from Wellington to the West Midlands, and the A5 allows access to Oswestry, Shrewsbury, and Telford. There are a few bus services running throughout the county, including a park & ride service designed to reduce congestion.

Local shops

Shropshire has many towns to visit, including 20 eclectic market towns where you can indulge in a range of treats. For instance, Market Drayton is the home of gingerbread and contains a lively street market.

In Telford, there are numerous shopping centres, notably the Telford Shopping Centre, which has shops including H&M, Debenhams and M&S. Telford town centre is also a vibrant space and has a large cinema.

In Shrewsbury, there is a more independent flavour when compared to Telford. There are three main areas for shopping; Pride Hill, Riverside, and Darwin. In the Parade, you will be able to find all types of delicacies and local products such as cakes, arts, crafts and gifts.

The largest town in the north of Shropshire, Market Drayton, is home to a number of supermarkets and a lively marketplace that takes place each Wednesday and Saturday. Ludlow in the south, is another notable historic town, and is home to a good amount of bakeries and cafes.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.