Shifnal, also once known as Idsall, is thought to date back to the 7th Century. King Henry III granted a market charter for the town in the 13th Century.
Transport links have played an important role in the development of the town. Shifnal was a key staging point for the London to Holyhead road and then the coming of the railways which provides a railway station for the town. Today, Shifnal is located near to the M54, the only motorway in Shropshire.
Shifnal’s town centre is a helathy mix of mostly independent shops, pubs, restaurants and services. It retains a number of timber framed buildings some of which are featured in Charles Dickens novel The Old Curiosity Shop.
Shifnal is the 7th most populated town in Shropshire. There has been significant housing construction in the town in recent years with the new housing developments. Shifnal has also seen a significant growth in employment.
An ideal starting place for information on places to visit is the library located at Broadway, Shifnal, TF11 8AZ.
Area: 5,948 hectares
Density: 1.3 people per hectare
Households: 3,316 households
Population: 7,900 people
Average Age: 44
Registered Businesses: 494
Primary Schools: Shifnal Primary, Curriers Lane (www.shifnalprimary.co.uk)
St Andrews Primary, Park Lane (www.st-andrews-shifnal.co.uk)
Secondary School: Idsall Secondary, Coppice Green Lane, (www.idsallschool.org)
Shifnal is represented by a local town council that is responsible for the management of a range of services including; allotments, cemetery maintenance, open spaces and public toilets. See the council website for full details of services. http://www.shifnaltowncouncil.gov.uk.
Shifnal Town Council area has 3 wards (Idsall Ward, Manor Ward and Rural Ward) these are represented by 15 members. A mayor is elected each year.
Shropshire Council is responsible for many services including; education, environment, highways, licencing, planning, social care, trading standards and waste collection. Details of all services can be found at https://shropshire.gov.uk/. There are two Shropshire Council ward councillors.
Shifnal is part of the Wrekin parliamentary ward which is represented by the Rt. Hon Mark Pritchard MP.