Telford and Wrekin

Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. The district was created in 1974 as The Wrekin, then a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire. In 1998 the district became a unitary authority and was renamed Telford and Wrekin. It remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Community Health with the rest of Shropshire.

The borough's major settlement is Telford, a new town designated in the 1960s incorporating the existing towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington. The next largest population centre is Newport, a market town to the north of Telford.

The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire Council. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG21) and is one of four authority areas that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region.

Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
Coordinates: 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°WCoordinates: 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°W
CountryUnited Kingdom
RegionWest Midlands
 • Total112.09 sq mi (290.31 km2)
 • Total166,800
 • Density1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zoneGMT
ISO 3166 codeGB-TFW


Before the creation of The Wrekin district, Telford was a new town run by the Telford Development Corporation (TDC) from the 1960s to the changes in 1974. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and covered Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington urban districts, Wellington Rural District and part of Shifnal parish in the Shifnal Rural District.

On 1 April 1998, as a result of the Local Government Commission for England's review, the district became a unitary authority, independent from Shropshire County Council.

All of the council houses previously owned by Wrekin District Council and the subsequent Telford and Wrekin Council were transferred to a newly created housing association, the Wrekin Housing Trust, in 1999 which now owns the majority of social housing in Telford.[1]

Telford and Wrekin applied unsuccessfully for city status in 2000. The district was granted borough status in 2002.

Towns, villages and other settlements

Shropshire Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin (yellow) in the ceremonial and historic county of Shropshire.

Settlements in Telford and Wrekin -



The borough is divided into 29 civil parishes.


For the borough council itself there is a system of 30 wards to elect councillors.

Telford and Wrekin Electoral Wards 1 - Admaston and Bratton

2 - Apley Castle

3 - Arleston

4 - Brookside

5 - Church Aston and Lilleshall

6 - College

7 - Dawley and Aqueduct

8 - Donnington

9 - Dothill

10 - Edgmond and Ercall Magna

11 - Ercall

12 - Hadley and Leegomery

13 - Haygate

14 - Horsehay and Lightmoor

15 - Ironbridge Gorge

16 - Ketley and Overdale

17 - Madeley and Sutton Hill

18 - Malinslee and Dawley Bank

19 - Muxton

20 - Newport North and West

21 - Newport South and East

22 - Oakengates and Ketley Bank

23 - Park

24 - Priorslee

25 - Shawbirch

26 - St Georges

27 - The Nedge

28 - Woodside

29 - Wrockwardine

30 - Wrockwardine Wood and Trench

Election history

Borough elections are held every 4 years.


Telford and Wrekin operates a cabinet-style council. It has 54 elected councillors who appoint the seven cabinet members, including the leader, each year. The cabinet members make decisions as a whole and meet every two weeks.[2]

Telford and Wrekin is currently a Labour controlled council.


Telford and Wrekin is part of the West Mercia Police police area. The force is based in Worcester (outside Shropshire) and the borough's area is a Territorial Policing Unit in the force's organisation.


Telford Plaza in Telford Town Centre.
Newport, Shropshire Street
St Mary's Street in Newport

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Telford and Wrekin at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.

Year Regional gross value added[table 1] Agriculture[table 2] Industry[table 3] Services[table 4]
1995 1,763 28 865 870
2000 2,072 20 773 1,279
2003 2,370 21 850 1,500
  1. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^ includes energy and construction
  4. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Cabinet". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 5 May 2010.

External links

1941 The Wrekin by-election

The Wrekin by-election of 1941 was held on 26 September 1941. The by-election was held due to the death of the incumbent Conservative MP, James Baldwin-Webb. It was won by the Conservative candidate Arthur Colegate.

2011 Telford and Wrekin Council election

Elections for the whole of Telford and Wrekin Council took place on 10 May 2011. 54 councillors were elected in 33 wards and the Labour Party took control from the Conservatives. There were no boundary changes taking effect at this election.

2015 Telford and Wrekin Council election

The 2015 Telford and Wrekin Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Telford and Wrekin Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections and the UK General Election 2015.

Burton Borough School

Burton Borough School (often abbreviated as 'BBS') is situated on the southern edge of Newport, Shropshire, England, in Audley Avenue. The school was opened in 1957 and since then has developed steadily. In September 2004 it was designated a Specialist Arts College.

The school is named after a local man J.S. Burton Borough, who was a High Sheriff and deputy lieutenant for Shropshire and was the first governor of the school.

Charlton School

Charlton School was an 11-16 comprehensive school in Telford, Shropshire, England. It closed in November 2018.

Ercall Wood Technology College

Ercall Wood Technology College is a mixed secondary school located in Wellington in the English county of Shropshire.It is a foundation school administered by Telford and Wrekin Council. The school also has specialist status as a Technology College.

Grade II* listed buildings in Shropshire

The county of Shropshire in England is divided into two unitary authorities: Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Council. As there are 361 Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for unitary authority.

Grade II* listed buildings in Shropshire Council (A–G)

Grade II* listed buildings in Shropshire Council (H–Z)

Grade II* listed buildings in Telford and Wrekin

Hadley Learning Community

Hadley Learning Community is an all-through school for students from 5 – 16 years of age located in the community of Hadley in central Telford. The school opened on 1 September 2006 and is a £70 million PFI project, in partnership with Interserve. The campus consists of a Primary, Secondary and two special schools:

900 place secondary phase for 11-16 year olds, with 180 students in each year group

420 place primary phase for 5-11 year olds with 60 children, in two classes, in each year group.

160 place Special School, The Bridge, which is co-located on the campus, for children with severe and profound disabilities.

40 place Special School, Queensway, for children who have an SEN statement with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASC)

60 place Local Authority Nursery, which has a morning and afternoon session for 30 children

A Family Centre for children’s services and an early intervention team

ABC Nursery, which is privately run but works very closely with HLC

Community facilities, called The Circle, for sports which includes a swimming pool and fitness suite as well as a Public Library, Coffee shop, Theatre and Dance Studio all used by the public during the day, evenings, weekends and holidays.


Ironbridge is a town on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Ironbridge developed beside, and takes its name from, The Iron Bridge, a 30-metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge that opened in 1781.

List of museums in Shropshire

This list of museums in Shropshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.

List of schools in Telford and Wrekin

This is a list of schools in Telford and Wrekin in the English county of Shropshire.

Madeley Academy

Madeley Academy (formerly Madeley Court School) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Madeley in the English county of Shropshire.Previously a community school administered by Telford and Wrekin Council. Madeley Court School converted to academy status in April 2007 and was renamed Madeley Academy. The school relocated from its previous site on Court Street to a new campus on Castlefields Way in 2009.Madeley Academy offers GCSE and BTEC as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs. The school also has a specialism in sports.

Newport Girls High School

Newport High School is an all-girls school with academy status in Newport, Shropshire, England. The school was opened in the 1920s. The school is selective and is an all-girls intake. In 2003, the school started to take in a double intake of around 56 students a year and from 2013, the school has had an intake of 84 per annum which will increase to 90 in 2019. The school has also achieved Maths and Computing specialist status.

TF postcode area

The TF postcode area, also known as the Telford postcode area, is a group of thirteen postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of six post towns. These postcode districts cover north-east Shropshire, including Telford, Broseley, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Newport and Shifnal, plus a very small part of Staffordshire.

Telford Park School

Telford Park School is a coeducational secondary school located in Stirchley, Telford, Shropshire, England. The school was first established in 1976 under the name of "Stirchley Upper School", and was later renamed "Lord Silkin School", then later renamed "Lakeside Academy".

The school provides educational focus on a range of topics such as Mathematics, English, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, Physical Education and Religious Education, as well as options that students may pick for themselves during the later years.

Telford Priory School

Telford Priory School is a coeducational secondary school located in the Wrockwardine Wood area of Telford in Shropshire, England.

The school opened in September 2015 in a new campus, following the merger of Wrockwardine Wood Arts Academy (formerly Wrockwardine Wood Secondary School) and Sutherland Co-operative Academy. The school is sponsored by the Community Academies Trust.The school facilities include full size 3G Astro, 400m athletics track, sports hall, 2 netball courts, fitness suite, dance studio and is located next to an indoor tennis centre and 4 outdoor courts.

Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority of Telford and Wrekin in Shropshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The district of Telford and Wrekin was granted borough status in 2002, though the council does not ordinarily include "Borough" in its name.

Telford and Wrekin Council elections

Telford and Wrekin is a unitary authority in Shropshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line

The Wolverhampton–Shrewsbury line is the railway line from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury via Wellington; it was originally built by the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway. The line is double track throughout, with rarely used relief sidings at Cosford and 4 tracks through Wellington station.

Electrification from Stafford Road Junction to Oxley, is provided solely to enable electric stock to access Alstom's Oxley TRSMD, and is therefore constructed as a "trolley wire" suitable for low speeds only.Signalling was centred in the panel box at Madeley Junction until 2012, but following the closure of the box there the West Midlands Signalling Centre at Saltley has taken control of most of the route via its Oxley/Telford Workstation (previously Oxley signal box controlled the depot access and sidings until it closed on Saturday 27 November 2010 under the West Midlands Resignalling scheme). Towards Shrewsbury, Abbey Foregate signal box takes over for the last few miles beyond Wellington.

The line was also served by a service to Walsall which ran to Wellington via Wolverhampton but the service was cutback to Wolverhampton and then eventually withdrawn.

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