Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
Coordinates: 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°W / 52.68111; -2.43861Coordinates: 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°W / 52.68111; -2.43861
CountryUnited Kingdom
RegionWest Midlands
Admin HQTelford
 • Total112.09 sq mi (290.31 km2)
 • Total185,600
 • Density1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zoneGMT
ISO 3166 codeGB-TFW

Telford and Wrekin is a borough and unitary authority in Shropshire, England. In 1974, a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire was created called The Wrekin. In 1998, the district became a unitary authority and was renamed "Telford and Wrekin", which remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Community Health with the rest the county.

The borough's major settlement is Telford, which was designated a "new town" in the 1960s and incorporated the towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates, and Wellington. After the Telford conurbation, which includes the aforementioned towns, the next-largest settlement is Newport which is located in the northeast of the borough and isn't part of the original new town of Telford. The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire District which covers the county previously covered by Shropshire County Council.


Before the creation of The Wrekin district, Telford was a new town run by the Telford Development Corporation (TDC) from 1968 to the changes in 1974. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and covered Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington urban districts, Wellington Rural District and part of Shifnal parish in the Shifnal Rural District.

On 1 April 1998, as a result of the Local Government Commission for England's review, the district became a unitary authority, independent from Shropshire County Council.

All of the council houses previously owned by Wrekin District Council and the subsequent Telford and Wrekin Council were transferred to a newly created housing association, the Wrekin Housing Trust, in 1999 which now owns the majority of social housing in Telford.[1]

Telford and Wrekin applied unsuccessfully for city status in 2000. The district was granted borough status in 2002.

Towns, villages and other settlements

Telford and Wrekin (yellow) in the ceremonial and historic county of Shropshire.
Telford and Wrekin (yellow) in the ceremonial and historic county of Shropshire.

Settlements in Telford and Wrekin -



The borough is divided into 29 civil parishes.


For the borough council itself there is a system of thirty wards to elect councillors.

Telford and Wrekin Electoral Wards.png
1 – Admaston and Bratton

2 – Apley Castle

3 – Arleston

4 – Brookside

5 – Church Aston and Lilleshall

6 – College

7 – Dawley and Aqueduct

8 – Donnington

9 – Dothill

10 – Edgmond and Ercall Magna

11 – Ercall

12 – Hadley and Leegomery

13 – Haygate

14 – Horsehay and Lightmoor

15 – Ironbridge Gorge

16 – Ketley and Overdale

17 – Madeley and Sutton Hill

18 – Malinslee and Dawley Bank

19 – Muxton

20 – Newport North and West

21 – Newport South and East

22 – Oakengates and Ketley Bank

23 – Park

24 – Priorslee

25 – Shawbirch

26 – St Georges

27 – The Nedge

28 – Woodside

29 – Wrockwardine

30 – Wrockwardine Wood and Trench

Election history

Borough elections are held every 4 years.


Main article: Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin operates a cabinet-style council. It has 54 elected councillors who appoint the seven cabinet members, including the leader, each year. The cabinet members make decisions as a whole and meet every two weeks.[2]

Telford and Wrekin is currently a Labour controlled council.


Telford and Wrekin is part of the West Mercia Police police area. The force is based in Worcester (outside Shropshire) and the borough's area is a Territorial Policing Unit in the force's organisation.


Telford Plaza in Telford Town Centre.
Telford Plaza in Telford Town Centre.
St Mary's Street in Newport
St Mary's Street in Newport

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Telford and Wrekin at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.

Year Regional gross value added[table 1] Agriculture[table 2] Industry[table 3] Services[table 4]
1995 1,763 28 865 870
2000 2,072 20 773 1,279
2003 2,370 21 850 1,500
  1. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^ includes energy and construction
  4. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Freedom of the Borough

The following People and Military Units and Organisations and Groups have received the Freedom of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (June 2022)


Military Units

Organisations and Groups

See also


  1. ^ "About Us | the Wrekin Housing Group".
  2. ^ "Cabinet". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Honorary Freemen of the Borough". Telford and Wrekin Borough Council. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Council to honour the Rifles Regiment with the Freedom of the Borough - Telford & Wrekin Council". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  5. ^ Robertson, Dominic (11 June 2022). "Freedom of the borough for Telford charity". The Shropshire Star. Retrieved 14 June 2022.