A shire situated in the West Midlands, Shropshire is one of England’s most rural counties, with a sparse population density that makes up six main towns. With wide open spaces and a slower pace of life, Shropshire is a mix of 22 market towns and villages, with Britain’s longest river, the River Severn, crossing directly through the heart of the shire. An area of stunning natural beauty, Shropshire is divided into North Shropshire and South Shropshire, with the North as an extension of the flat Cheshire Plain holding the majority of the county’s residents, and the South a more rural area encompassing hills, rivers, valleys, and woods.
Its county town of Shrewsbury is an ancient area steeped in history, with a mediaeval street plan and architecture dating as far back as the 15th century. This is also where Lord’s Hill column stands, the tallest of its kind in the world at over 133 feet tall, created in the Doric style as was used by the ancient Greeks.
Often said to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the abundance of coal, limestone, and iron ore as well as the multiple transport links in Shropshire made the area an extremely appealing option to manufacturers. Today, Shropshire remains as one of the UK’s leading areas for advanced manufacturing, especially in the automotive sector.