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Shortly afterwards, King Offa looked to fortify his new territory by constructing Offa’s Dyke, a huge 115 mile defensive earthwork stretching from the River Severn to just north of modern day Oswestry.
Shropshire boasts some of the best preserved stretches of the Dyke.
From the impressive remains at Wroxeter Roman City, the fourth largest Roman settlement in England, to Brunel’s world famous Ironbridge, Shropshire has something for everyone.
Originally a part of the Welsh kingdom of Powys, Shropshire was annexed to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia sometime in the eighth century AD.
Other castles in the county include Ludlow Castle, built shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066 to control the troubled Welsh Borders.
Population: 470,000 Famous for: Offa’s Dyke, Ironbridge, The Wrekin Distance from London: 3 – 4 hours Local delicacies: Shrewsbury Cakes, Polecat Pie Airports: None County town: Shrewsbury Nearby Counties: Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire Shropshire is home to some of the most fantastic historical sites in the entire country.
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