Shropshire


Shrop·shire

noun \ˈshräp-ˌshir, -shər, especially US -ˌshī(-ə)r, especially Southern ˈsräp-\

Definition of SHROPSHIRE

:  any of a breed of dark-faced hornless sheep of English origin that are raised for both mutton and wool

Origin of SHROPSHIRE

Shropshire, England
First Known Use: 1803

Shrop·shire

geographical name \ˈshräp-shər, -ˌshir\

Definition of SHROPSHIRE

county W England bordering on Wales Shrewsbury area 1396 square miles (3616 square kilometers), pop 401,600

Variants of SHROPSHIRE

Shrop·shire or Sal·op \ˈsa-ləp, -ˌläp\

Shropshire

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Administrative (pop., 2001: 283,240), geographic, and historic county, western England. It is divided by the River Severn; its county seat is Shrewsbury. Remnants left by Neolithic, Bronze Age, and early Iron Age inhabitants have been found in the region. In the 1st century AD the Romans built a fortress at Viroconium, one of the largest towns in Roman Britain. The Saxon conquest brought the construction of Offa's Dyke, marking the England-Wales border. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, a double line of castles was established as fortification against the Welsh. In the 13th century the high quality of Shropshire wool brought prosperity to the region. In the early 18th century it became the greatest iron-producing area in England. Iron founding and agriculture remain important. The administrative county of Shropshire comprises five districts: Bridgnorth, North Shropshire, South Shropshire, and the boroughs of Oswestry and Shrewsbury and Atcham.

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