Living and Working in Shropshire
Shropshire is the largest inland county in England. It is predominantly rural, with a varied landscape from the hills of south Shropshire and the borders to the lowlands around Shrewsbury and the Severn Valley. Nearly 290,000 people live in the county, in an area of over 3,000km2. The main population centre is Shrewsbury, located at the heart of the county, with a population of around 70,000. Shrewsbury is the county town with attractive medieval and 18th Century streets and buildings. The county also has several smaller market towns including Oswestry (15,000), Bridgnorth (12,000), Market Drayton (10,000), Ludlow (10,000) and Whitchurch (9,000).
Telford and Wrekin
Telford & Wrekin is a smaller, mainly urban borough. The majority of the borough’s 160,000 people live in Telford, which comprises several older towns such as Wellington, Ironbridge and Oakengates alongside newer residential areas. Telford is a major business centre and boasts 140 overseas companies. The borough also includes rural areas such as the Wrekin and the market town of Newport on the border with Staffordshire.
More information about the borough is available from the Telford & Wrekin Council website (www.telford.gov.uk).
Powys is a large rural county in Wales. It is the most sparsely populated county in England and Wales, with the population of 130,000 spread between rural and remote areas and small market towns including Newtown (10,000) and Welshpool (6,000). The majority of our patients come from eastern Montgomeryshire in the north of the county, covering a population of around 50,000. Alongside dramatic local scenery, such as Llyn Clywedog, Montgomeryshire is also a gateway to Snowdonia in the north, the Brecon Beacons in the south and the Welsh coast.
More information about the county is available from the Powys County Council website (www.powys.gov.uk)
One of the main attractions of this area is the fantastic outdoor life, both within Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid-Wales and the Brecon Beacons. The area is rich with opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding, camping, mountaineering, canoeing and sailing, gliding and other outdoor pursuits.
Ready access to the Wrekin, the Shropshire Hills including the Long Mynd, Upland Powys, the Severn & Wye valleys, Shropshire Canals and meres, and the Welsh coast add to the wide range of activities available. Wildlife highlights include the conservation of Red Kites and Ospreys in western Montgomeryshire, and the county boasts one of the most varied geologies in the British Isles from Precambrian sedimentary rocks of Haughmond Hill to the igneous intrusions in the South Shropshire Hills.
Alongside this, there is a wealth of history with examples of human development through the centuries across the counties. Key attractions include the Roman city (and vineyard) at Wroxeter, the ruined Marches castles including Montgomery and Clun, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Powis Castle and Wenlock Priory.
Acton Burnell stakes a claim to have held the first English Parliament at which the Commons were truly represented, whilst Much Wenlock is not only a beautiful medieval town, it also inspired the birth of the modern Olympic Games. In 1850 a local doctor, William Penny Brookes, organised the first-ever Wenlock Olympian Games. In recognition of its sporting heritage, the 2012 London Olympic Games named one of their mascots Wenlock.
The local area offers a wide range of housing to suit every need, from town centre flats to remote farmhouses and converted barns offering attractive urban & suburban living within walking distance. With small towns and villages on the doorstep, commuting to rural settings in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales is easy. State schools and high quality private schools are available close by.
(Taken from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust)