My name is Verity Gray, and I have lived in Shropshire most of my life. I only left the county in order to obtain a BA (Hons) Archaeology from Exeter University. I am the Chair & Publicity Officer of Shropshire Young Ramblers, and we regularly undertake walks in the county and make the most of local cafes and pubs. I have an interest in photography, and I am a member of Newport & District Running Club.


My view of Shropshire starts with the dynamic historical past that has shaped the future, traditional rural culture, and the fabulous landscapes such as the Long Mynd that can be found nowhere else in Britain.


The county has had a revolutionary impact on the nation. The construction of the Ironbridge (1779) highlighting the start of the Industrial Revolution, was engineered by Abraham Darby who developed a technique that ensured a cheaper production of iron. The Flax Mill (1796), designed by Charles Bage, was the first modern skyscraper and iron framed building. Mr Bage became the Mayor of Shrewsbury in 1807. Shrewsbury born Charles Darwin created his theory of evolution (1859) which became the unifying theory of life development.


The county has made notable cultural contributions to the nation with the creation of the Wenlock Olympic Games in 1850 by Dr William Perry Brookes in Much Wenlock. This creation was the inspiration for the Olympic Games.


Ludlow is known as a gastronomic centre in Britain. It was initially, the only town with three Michelin starred restaurants. The town hosts a prestigious annual food festival, and supports local traditional butchers, farmers’ markets and a range of specialist food shops. The town produces real ale in the local brewery, for example Shropshire Lad.


Shropshire is the largest landlocked county and holds no cities. The towns contain remnants of their frontier past with medieval timber framed and stone buildings, settlement structure, and road systems as seen in Bridgnorth and Clun. Ludlow holds nearly 500 listed buildings, including medieval and Tudor style half timbered buildings.


Shropshire is a rural county and over 70% of the landscape is grazing land and moorland, rough grass hilltops and patchwork fields. Sheep and cattle are the most commonly farmed animals. The tranquil quality landscape lends itself to outdoor pursuits, including walking, and cycling. Shropshire Young Ramblers take advantage of the unique landscapes and the 3,000 miles of rights of way. Walks are undertaken through the most beautiful and varied landscapes in Britain, including Wenlock Edge, and the Shropshire Way.


Over a third of the landscape is classified as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, due to the varied wildlife, geology and ingrained heritage including the quarried Clee Hills, and Clun Forest.


Overall, Shropshire is a unique rural British county with dynamic historical past, traditional food production, and widespread stunning landscape.  


I am photographing Shropshire to show the beauty if the county; to see these photos please click on the link below and they will enhance the meaning of this blog:




4 Responses to About

  1. Alycia says:

    Lovely blog. I would like to be in touch with you about your writing – the opportunity for a monthly, print column in forthcoming magazine. Please get in touch if interested.
    Kind regards, Alycia

  2. Rebecca says:

    Hello Verity,

    I’d like to send you some information regarding the launch of a charity scheme in the Shropshire area which I believe may be of interest to you. Would it be possible for you to send me your email address please?

    Kindest regards


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