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About Sheriffhales

Sheriffhales is a scattered rural Parish of 8 square miles in east Shropshire, the land lying at the Northern end of the watershed of the river Worfe and the western end of the watershed of the river Sow. The eastern half of the Parish lies on the Bunter Pebble Beds, and the ground undulates between 300 and 400 feet above sea level. The western half of the Parish, which is more sparsely populated rises to a ridge at the western boundary, which is 600 feet above sea level at maximum, and is on Enville beds of marl and sandstone. The predominantly light loamy soil is suitable for a wide range of crops and livestock. There is a pleasing range of woodland and specimen hedgerow trees. Some smallholders remain but many were assimilated to create larger, more viable farms.

Much of the village hosing was developed as part of and in the style of, the Sutherland Estate. Housing has gradually increased to suit most needs, and elsewhere in the Parish there have been numerous barn conversions and cottages extended and improved.

The population at the time of the 2001 census was 703 with half this number living in the village and half in the surrounding hamlets or isolated dwellings. There is a village primary school; secondary pupils travel either to nearby Shifnal or Newport schools. Agriculture used to be the local employment but now most residents commute to Telford or the West Midlands conurbation.

The village has its own playing field; post office and shop; a Church Hall we hope will become the new Village Hall; and a large Parish Church. Nearby also in the Parish is Lilleshall Golf Club and the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall Hall. Sheriffhales also has a Short Mat Bowling Club, Bell Ringers, a Women's Institute and a Parish Magazine produced by volunteers - all of which you can learn more about when exploring our website.