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Whixall Community Centre - geograph.org.uk - 588338.jpg
Whixall Social Centre
Whixall is located in Shropshire
Whixall shown within Shropshire
Population795 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ516344
Civil parish
  • Whixall
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWhitchurch
Postcode districtSY13
Dialling code01948
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°54′22″N 2°43′16″W / 52.906°N 2.721°W / 52.906; -2.721Coordinates: 52°54′22″N 2°43′16″W / 52.906°N 2.721°W / 52.906; -2.721

Whixall is, by land area, the third largest inland village in England, civil parish in Shropshire, England, which is documented in the Domesday Book as having been in existence in 1086.[2]

The nearest towns are Whitchurch, to the north, and Wem, to the south.

The parish lies on the border with the county borough of Wrexham, Wales. Its close proximity to Wales is shown by a hamlet called Welsh End.

Within the parish boundaries (encompassing seven square miles) are various hamlets including Abbey Green. The Llangollen Canal of the Shropshire Union Canal and the short Prees Branch of the Ellesmere Canal run through the parish.

Evening over Whixall Marina

Prees was the intended destination of the Prees Branch, however the arm was only completed as far as Quina Brook. The arm is now known as the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal, and is navigavable for about a mile to Whixall Marina. The remaining 3/4 mile is still followable on the towpath as it passes through Prees Branch Canal Nature Reserve.[3] The canal is crossed by Dobson's Bridge, a fixed humpback bridge, which was classified in 1987 as a Grade Il listed building.[4] It is also crossed by the listed Stark's Bridge, currently undergoing restoration.[5]

Adjacent to Whixall is Whixall Moss, part of Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, the third largest lowland raised bog in Britain, a rare habitat and the home of a number of rare species.[6]

A sign on a typical rural lane shows the way to some of the Whixall points of interest.

The Shropshire Way long distance footpath runs through Whixall.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Open Domesday, Place: Whixall", Retrieved on 26 January 2017
  3. ^ http://www.wild-net.org/ukwebsite/TWTReserveDetails2.aspx?id=2974
  4. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-428422-shropshire-union-canal-edstaston-branch-
  5. ^ https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1244333
  6. ^ http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/whixallweb/moss.htm

External links[edit]

Media related to Whixall at Wikimedia Commons