Wem  Shropshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Wem like this:

Wem, market town and par. with ry. sta., Shropshire, on Ellesmere Canal, 10½ miles N. of Shrewsbury - par., 13,898 ac., pop. 3751; town, pop. 2600; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Wem is an old town, and numbers among its natives William Wycherley (1640-1715), the dramatist, and Judge Jeffreys (1640-1689), who in 1685 took the title of Baron Wem. ...

The church, destroyed by fire in 1677, was rebuilt in 1679. Wem has a town hall, a market house, and an endowed school. Malting and tanning are the chief industries. In addition to the weekly market there are fairs on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.

Wem through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 16th June 2021

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