District and unitary authority
Coat of arms of Shropshire
Shown within Shropshire ceremonial county
Shown within Shropshire ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionWest Midlands
Unitary Authority1 April 2009
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Local AuthorityShropshire Council
 • MPsDaniel Kawczynski (C)
Philip Dunne (C)
Helen Morgan (LD)
Mark Pritchard (C)
 • Total324,716 (Ranked 35th)
 • Ethnicity
93.8% White British
1.9% White other
1.5% S. Asian
0.9% Mixed
0.6% White Irish
0.6% Black
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Post town
Shrewsbury and others
Dialling code01743 and others
ONS code17UD (ONS)
E06000051 (GSS)
WebsiteShropshire Council

Shropshire is a district with the status of a unitary authority in the ceremonial county of Shropshire,[1] in the West Midlands region of England. It is named after the historic county of Shropshire. It covers the former districts of Bridgnorth, North Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Atcham and South Shropshire.[2] These were merged into the modern-day unitary authority of Shropshire. The large town of Telford was not affected by this as it has been a unitary authority since 1998 under Telford and Wrekin borough.[3] It contains 188 civil parishes.[4]


The district was created on the 1 April 2009, following the merger of the former districts, and upon the formation of Shropshire Council, which replaced the district councils and also Shropshire County Council.


The district covers the towns of Oswestry, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ellesmere, Wem, Whitchurch, Much Wenlock, Shifnal, Bridgnorth, Broseley, Clun, Knighton (part), Bishop's Castle, Cleobury Mortimer, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury.

Neighbouring council areas
Local authority In relation to the district
Cheshire East North
Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme North east
Borough of Stafford North East
Telford and Wrekin North east
South Staffordshire East
Wyre Forest District South east
Malvern Hills District South
Herefordshire South
Powys West and south west
Wrexham County Borough North west
Cheshire West and Chester North west (short border at Grindley Brook)


Main article: Shropshire Council

The council has been under Conservative control since its creation in 2009, with the most recent elections taken place in 2021.


  1. ^ "Lieutenancies Act 1997". Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ "The Shropshire (Structural Change) Order 2008". Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Shropshire". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Shropshire". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 11 June 2021.