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  • Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882)
    Charles Robert Darwin From Wikipedia FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist.[I] He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancesto...

Shropshire - Famous people

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  • Edric the Wild

  • Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, Napoleonic era general

  • Jonathan Corbett TV presenter

  • Lords and Ladies Craven (of Stokesay Castle)

  • Abraham Darby, early industrialist


  • Charles Darwin (1809–82), whose theory of evolution by natural selection is the foundation of modern biological sciences

  • Clive of India statue in Shrewsbury's SquareCharles Babbage, early computing pioneer (lived at Dudmaston Hall)

  • William Penny Brookes, founder Wenlock Olympian Games, founding father, International Olympic Movement

  • K. K. Downing, guitarist with Judas Priest

  • William Farr, epidemiologist and early bio-statistician

  • Craig Phillips of Newport, winner of Big Brother 2000

  • Chris Hawkins (of Loppington), radio presenter, DJ, and celebrity

  • Eglantyne Jebb of Ellesmere, social reformer and founder of the Save the Children Fund

  • George Jeffreys of Wem, infamous judge

  • Adrian Jones, sculptor of the Quadriga at Hyde Park Corner

  • Stephen Marchant, ornithologist

  • Len Murray, former head of the T.U.C.

  • Mirabel Osler, author

  • Greg Davies, comedian and actor grew up in Wem

  • Wilfred Owen, leading First World War poet

  • Edith Pargeter (1913–1995), author

  • Edmund Plowden (1518–1585), legal scholar and theorist

  • Sir Edmund Plowden (1590–1659), Proprietor, Earl Palatine and Governor of New Albion

  • Barbara Pym, novelist

  • Isobel Cooper (Izzy), famous opera singer from Much Wenlock

  • T'Pau, 1980s pop group

  • Sir Philip Sidney, prominent Elizabethan

  • Mary Webb (1881–1927), author

  • Stewart Lee, stand-up comedian, writer and director.

  • Matthew Webb, first man to swim the English Channel

  • Humphrey Kynaston (1474–1534), highwayman

  • John Mytton, 'Mad Jack' Mytton, Regency rake, MP, gambler and horseman

  • William Wycherley, Restoration dramatist and playwright famous for The Country Wife

  • Roy Wood, of Wem, in the band Wizzard

  • John Wilkinson, of Broseley, industrialist

  • Alison Williamson, of Church Stretton, Archery Olympic bronze medalist

  • Lara Jones, writer of the Poppy Cat books

  • Ivan Jones, writer of The Ghost Hunter

  • Mal Lewis Jones, writer

  • Pete Postlethwaite, actor lived near Bishops Castle until his death in 2011

  • William Henry Griffith Thomas, (1861–1924) evangelical Anglican theologian