Shropshire

 

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Shropshire, England: 52.652339, -2.795868

Shropshire (abbreviated 'Salop' an abbreviated and corrupted form of the old English name "Scrobbesbyrigscīr") is a non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands of England. It borders Wales on the western side, Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east and Hereford and Worcester to the south.

Shrewsbury is the administrative seat of the county, but Telford is the largest settlement with almost 140,000 inhabitants. At nearly 1500 square miles, Shropshire is one of Britain's least populated areas and the county is largely rural. The Shropshire Hills is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The Severn, Britain's longest river, winds its way through lush valleys down to the county town of Shrewsbury.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is a world heritage site near Telford and showcases the birthplace of the industrial revolution with sites devoted to amongst others the iron, china, tile, pipe making industries and the famous iron bridge .

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