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This article is about the place in England. For the historic house on the Hudson River, see Boscobel (Garrison, New York). For the city in Wisconsin, see Boscobel, Wisconsin.
A descendant of the Royal Oak at Boscobel House

Boscobel is a very small civil parish in the east of Shropshire, England, on the border with Staffordshire. To the north is the Staffordshire village of Bishops Wood.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 12.[1] Because of its small population, it shares a parish council with the neighbouring Donington parish. It is the smallest parish in Shropshire by population – the smallest by area is Deuxhill.

Famous House & Oak Tree[edit]

It is the site of Boscobel House, home to the Giffard family, owners of the Boscobel Royal Oak, where Charles II hid in an oak tree after losing the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

An historical romance on the subject was published as Boscobel in 1871 by William Harrison Ainsworth.

The "pine groves of Boscobel" are mentioned (twice) by Charles Kinbote, narrator of Vladimir Nabokov's 1962 postmodern novel Pale Fire, in descriptions of his escape from Zembla.

White Ladies Priory[edit]

The ruins of White Ladies Priory

Also in the parish is White Ladies Priory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Statistics Bridgnorth district parishes

External links[edit]

Media related to Boscobel at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°40′16″N 2°14′35″W / 52.671°N 2.243°W / 52.671; -2.243