Shawbury Information:

Shawbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Shropshire.

The village 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.

The nearest railway station is at Yorton on the Welsh Marches Line for Shrewsbury/Crewe.


Shawbury has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. In the great book Shawbury is recorded by the name Sawesberie.

The main landholders were Gerard from Earl Roger. The survey also mentions that there is church and a mill.

There has been a church on this site since at least the 12th century. Although the present church is not from that date.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shawbury like this:

"SHAWBURY, a township and a parish in Wem district, Salop.

The township lies on the river Roden, 3.75 miles E by S of Yorton r. station, and 7 N E by N of Shrewsbury; and has a post-office under Shrewsbury.

The parish contains also six other townships and a part; and comprises 7, 221 acres.

Real property, 6 pounds, 278. Pop., 1,027. Houses, 202.

The property is divided among three. Building-stone is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield.

Value, 450 pounds, Patron, Sir V. R. Corbet, Bart. The church is ancient. There are a slightly endowed school, and charities 58 pounds."

Shawbury Book:

Over 20 years ago Mrs Evelyn Lea researched local history to produce a booklet called 'Shawbury - the Village and its People'.

1,000 copies were printed with a further 200 copies ordered following its initial success.

This website has received some enquiries from people researching their family history, so the time seemed right to reproduce the original.

It is 6 pounds including postage & packaging

It has 53 pages and has chapters including: Early history, charities, village trades and industries, entertainment, amenities, interesting homes,
schools, characters, childhood memories, surrounding hamlets, RAF Station and families.

If you would like to order the Shawbury book please email us using the picture below:

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Village Facts:

The village is home to RAF Shawbury, a helicopter base 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 Shawbury United FC.

The main weather station for Shropshire is located in the village.

Last Updated: 03/03/2019