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A488 at Edgebold - geograph.org.uk - 410048.jpg
A488 passing through Edgebold
Edgebold is located in Shropshire
Edgebold shown within Shropshire
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Unitary authority
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY5
Dialling code 01743
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52°41′24″N 2°48′07″W / 52.690°N 2.802°W / 52.690; -2.802Coordinates: 52°41′24″N 2°48′07″W / 52.690°N 2.802°W / 52.690; -2.802

Edgebold is a dispersed hamlet on the western edge of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England. It is on the A488 Shrewsbury to Bishop's Castle road.

It was described in 1897 as consisting chiefly of two farmhouses: Upper Edgebold and Lower Edgebold.[1] Upper Edgebold is a grade II listed building, probably early seventeenth century with later additions, and moated to the north and west.[2]

Edgebold appears in the Domesday Book as Edbaldinesham.[3] This suggests the name of the original Saxon settler could have been 'Edbalding'; with 'ing' being a Saxon termina of descent, he may have been the son of an Edbald or Ethelbald.[1]

Thieves' Lane, an ancient lane labelled on OS maps as a roman road,[4] ran through this area. Sections remain as footpaths, farm tracks and hedge-lines between Mousecroft Lane on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, through Edgebold and out to where it joins the modern day B4386 Shrewsbury to Montgomery road.

There was formerly a brick works at Edgebold, situated on the south side of the main road approximately 200m west from the junction with Nobold Lane. It appears as an active concern on the OS map of the early 1900s.[5]

Edgebold had a station (named Edgebold) on the now-disused Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway.[6] The station was located on the south side of the bridge by which the line crossed the main road, between Lower Edgebold and Hanwoodbank.[4] The same station had previously been open under the name Hanwood Road, during the line's previous incarnation as the Potteries, Shrewsbury and North Wales Railway.[7]

Upper Edgebold and Lower Edgebold are now divided by the A5 Shrewsbury by-pass, which opened on 11 August 1992[8] and which is connected to the A488 by the Edgebold roundabout. This roundabout underwent road widening in 2014;[9] further alterations to the road layout were made shortly after to ease a congestion issue.[10]

After Edgebold, the next settlement out of Shrewsbury along the A488 is Hanwoodbank at the north end of Hanwood.

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  1. ^ a b Blakeway, J.B. (1897). History of Shrewsbury Liberties. p. 185. 
  2. ^ "Upper Edgebold Farmhouse - List Entry Summary". Historic England. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Domesday Book Online : Shropshire E-L". Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Edgebold area showing Thieves Lane and Railway Station (Map). 1:25,000. Edgebold: Ordnance Survey. 1957. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Brick works at Edgebold (Map). 6 inch. Edgebold: Ordnance Survey. 1903. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  6. ^ British Railway Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5 ed.). Ian Allan Ltd. 1988.  Map 15
  7. ^ "Potts Railway (with photo of Edgebold Station)". Oswestry Borderland Heritage. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "M54 still a vital lifeline". Express and Star. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "A5 Edgebold roundabout junction improvement". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Highways Agency make changes at Edgebold roundabout". shropshirelive.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Edgebold at Wikimedia Commons