"SHREWSBURY, comprises the parishes of St. Chad, St. Mary, St.Alkmund, St.Julian and Holy Cross St. Giles. It is the county town of Shropshire or Salop, a market town, parliamentary and municipal borough, is 153 miles N.W. from London by road, or 163 by the North Western, and 171 by the Great Western railways; 58 miles S. from Liverpool, and 42 from Chester. It is situated on the river Severn, and is an important railway centre. The population within the municipal and parliamentary boundaries, which are co-extensive, was 19,681 in 1851, and, in 1861, had increased to 22,163, occupying 4,445 houses. The amount assessed for property-tax is £99,109, and for poors' rates, £80,332. The poor are maintained under a local Act....................................................."
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
Salop - Researchers should note that the use of the term Salop may indicate the County of Shropshire, but it can equally indicate the town of Shrewsbury instead. Even in the middle of the twentieth century many local people were still using Salop when they were speaking about the town of Shrewsbury.
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