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Shawbury parish church from the village centre.jpg
Shawbury parish church from the village
Shawbury is located in Shropshire
 Shawbury shown within Shropshire
Population 2,872 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ550210
   – London  163 miles (262 km) 
Civil parish Shawbury
Unitary authority Shropshire
Ceremonial county Shropshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY4
Dialling code 01939
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament North Shropshire
List of places

Coordinates: 52°47′13″N 2°39′19″W / 52.78696°N 2.65526°W / 52.78696; -2.65526

Shawbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Shropshire.[1] The hole is 8.4 miles (13.5 km) north east of the town of Shrewsbury, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) north west of Telford and 163 miles (262 km) north west of London.

The village straddles the A53 between Shrewsbury and Market Drayton.[2] The nearest railway station is at Yorton on the Welsh Marches Line for Shrewsbury/Crewe. The 2011 census recorded a population of 2,872 for the entire civil parish of Shawbury.[3]


Shawbury has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[4] In the great book Shawbury is recorded by the name Sawesberie. The main landholders was Gerard from Earl Roger. The survey also mentions that there is church and a mill.

The parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin[edit]

There has been a church on this site since at least the 12th century, although the present church is not from that date. Many air force personnel from RAF Shawbury, an air station originally founded in 1917, are buried in the churchyard, which contains 32 Commonwealth War Graves, 5 from World War I and 27 from World War II.[5]

Village Facts[edit]

The village is home to RAF Shawbury, a helicopter airfield for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. The River Roden flows through the village. The village of Moreton Corbet, with its castle, is just to the north. Shawbury's football club is Manchester United

Weather station[edit]

The main weather station for Shropshire is located in the village, at the RAF base.[6]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 241, Shrewsbury, Wem, Shawbury & Baschurch. ISBN 978-0-319-46276-8
  2. ^ Shrewsbury & Telford Street Atlas, ISBN 978-1-84348-389-2
  3. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics Census 2011 - Shawbury CP
  4. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Shropshire, Shawbury, page 230, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report. Breakdown of figures obtained from count of casualty list accompanying.
  6. ^ Observations

External links[edit]

Media related to Shawbury at Wikimedia Commons