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Morda Crossroads - - 51722.jpg
The crossroads at Morda
Morda is located in Shropshire
Morda shown within Shropshire
OS grid reference SJ287278
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OSWESTRY
Postcode district SY10
Dialling code 01691
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°50′35″N 3°03′29″W / 52.843°N 3.058°W / 52.843; -3.058Coordinates: 52°50′35″N 3°03′29″W / 52.843°N 3.058°W / 52.843; -3.058

Morda is a village on the outskirts of the town of Oswestry, Shropshire, England, located near the border of England and Wales.

The village is named after the River Morda, a tributary of the River Vyrnwy.

Morda House[edit]

The village was home to Morda House, otherwise known as the House of Industry or Oswestry Workhouse, originally opened in 1792 as the communal workhouse for Oswestry, Chirk and Llansilin.[1] After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 the workhouse's scope was extended to take in people from many more of the surrounding parishes.

The main workhouse was a substantial three-storey building that could accommodate up to 300 inmates. In 1891 a 16-bed isolation hospital was erected to the south-east of the workhouse. This later became the Oswestry and Chirk Isolation Hospital, and then Greenfields Hospital.[1] Since the 1980s the former hospital has housed Morda & Sweeney Social Club.

The main workhouse building was destroyed by fire in 1982. The only surviving part of it was a two-storey section that was later incorporated into a private residence.[1]

Morda United F.C.[edit]

The village was home to the football club Morda United, which played at the Weston Road Ground.[2] The club was first founded as Morda F.C. in the 1800s, but folded in the mid 1900s. The club was reformed in the 1970s under the name of Morda United F.C. and played throughout central Wales and the West Midlands for more than 40 years. Notable success came in 1991, when the club became Mid Wales Football League champions.[3] Morda United has been dormant since 2017.



  1. ^ a b c Higginbotham, Peter. "The Workhouse in Oswestry, Shropshire (Salop)". Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Weston Road Ground photo". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database - Morda United". Retrieved 2017-11-29. 

External links[edit]

  • Morda at A Vision of Britain through Time