Wroxeter  Shropshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wroxeter like this:

WROXETER, a village and a parish in Atcham district, Salop. The village stands on Watling-street and on the river Severn, 2¾ miles SSE of Upton-Magna r. station, 3¾ W of the Wrekin, and 5¾ SE by E of Shrewsbury; was known to the ancient British as Caer-Vrauch, -to the Romans as Uriconium, to the Saxons as Wrecinceastre; has most interesting remains of a Roman town, once 3 miles in circuit, and defended by a rampart 9 feet thick; has yielded great numbers and great variety of interesting Roman relics; is believed to possess rich wealth of other Roman relics underground, and capable of recovery by excavation; was, for a considerable time, the capital of the Cornavii; suffered devastation by the Saxons and the Danes; forms the subject of many learned papers in various periodicals, and of a recent work entitled "A Guide to Uriconium;'' and has a post-office under Shrewsbury. ...

The parish includes five townships, and comprises 4,774 acres. Real property, £5,670. Pop., 616. Houses, 120. The manor belongs to the Duke of Cleveland; and much of the property to Lord Berwick. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £330.* Patron, the Duke of Cleveland. The church is good; and there are an endowed grammar-school with £50 a year, and charities £7.

Wroxeter through time

Wroxeter is now part of Shrewsbury and Atcham district. Click here for graphs and data of how Shrewsbury and Atcham has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wroxeter itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wroxeter, in Shrewsbury and Atcham and Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 12th April 2024

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