Living in Shifnal

Town Profile

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.

Shifnal, from the railway station

Shifnal, from the railway station

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.

Quick Stats

Shifnal Millennium Clock

Shifnal Millennium Clock

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 (

St Andrews Primary, Park Lane (

Secondary School: Idsall Secondary, Coppice Green Lane, (

Local Politics

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.

Shifnal Town Council

Shifnal Town Council

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 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.



Information from ‘Shifnal Town Profile – Autumn 2017’
Produced by the Information, Intelligence and Insight Team of Shropshire Council.