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St Mary The Virgin Church, Shrawardine
Shrawardine is located in Shropshire
Shrawardine shown within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSJ399153
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Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY3
Dialling code01743
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52°43′55″N 2°53′24″W / 52.732°N 2.89°W / 52.732; -2.89Coordinates: 52°43′55″N 2°53′24″W / 52.732°N 2.89°W / 52.732; -2.89

Shrawardine is a small village in the civil parish of Montford. It is 5.9 miles (9.5 km) outside Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, England.[1] Its name is locally pronounced Shray-den, and was often spelt "Shraydon" in old documents;[2] it is otherwise pronounced Shray-war-dine. The placename originates from Old English worðign "enclosed settlement" combined with either scraef "cave" or screawa "shrew", the latter used as a byname for an individual. [3]

The village's landmarks include Shrawardine Castle and St Mary's Church. The castle, known as Castell Isabella by the Anglo-Normans, was built in the reign of Henry I of England, and dismantled during the English Civil War in 1645.[1] It had been held since 1644 by the Royalist commander Sir William Vaughan, whose aggressive tactics earned him the nickname "the Devil of Shrawardine".[4]

The River Severn passes to the west of the village. On the other side of the river is a hamlet called Little Shrawardine. It lies mainly within the civil parish of Montford.

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  1. ^ a b Raven, M. A Guide to Shropshire, 2005, p.178
  2. ^ Vale, Edmund (1949) Shropshire, London: Robert Hale, p.73
  3. ^ Gelling, M. (2006) The Place-names of Shropshire, Part Five: The hundreds of Pimhill and Bradford North, EPNS, p.112
  4. ^ Mangianello, S. The concise encyclopedia of the revolutions and wars of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1639-1660, Scarecrow, 2004, p.491
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.

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