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Shropshire - Famous People

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  • Abraham Darby, III (1750 - 1789)
    Wikipedia biography He carried on his family's principalities of improving the art of smelting iron. He built the largest cast iron structure of his era: the first iron bridge ever built. It crossed ...
  • A E Housman (1859 - 1936)
    Alfred Edward Housman Birth: Mar. 26, 1859, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England Baptism: Apr. 24, 1859, Christ Church, Catchill, Worcestershire, England Death: Apr. 30, 1936, Cambridge, Cambr...
  • 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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  • Charles Babbage, early computing pioneer (lived at Dudmaston Hall)
  • * William Penny Brookes, founder Wenlock Olympian Games, founding father, International Olympic Movement


  • Robert Clive, "Clive of India statue in Shrewsbury's Square
  • Jonathan Corbett TV presenter
  • Lords and Ladies Craven (of Stokesay Castle)
  • Isobel Cooper (Izzy), famous opera singer from Much Wenlock


  • Abraham Darby, early industrialist
  • Charles Darwin, eminent naturalist (1809–82), whose theory of evolution by natural selection is the foundation of modern biological sciences
  • Greg Davies, comedian and actor grew up in Wem

  • K. K. Downing, guitarist with Judas Priest


  • Edric the Wild


  • William Farr, epidemiologist and early bio-statistician



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

  • Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, Napoleonic era general
  • A.E. Housman Alfred Edward Housman (/ˈhaʊsmən/; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.


  • 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
  • Ivan Jones, writer of The Ghost Hunter
  • Lara Jones, writer of the Poppy Cat books

  • Mal Lewis Jones, writer


  • Humphrey Kynaston (1474–1534), highwayman


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


  • Stephen Marchant, ornithologist

  • Len Murray, former head of the T.U.C.
  • John Mytton, 'Mad Jack' Mytton, Regency rake, MP, gambler and horseman



  • Mirabel Osler, author
  • Wilfred Owen, leading First World War poet


  • Edith Pargeter (1913–1995), author

  • Craig Phillips of Newport, winner of Big Brother 2000
  • Edmund Plowden (1518–1585), legal scholar and theorist

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

  • Pete Postlethwaite, actor lived near Bishops Castle until his death in 2011
  • Reverend Charles Pritchard British astronomer, clergyman, and educational reformer.
  • Barbara Pym, novelist



  • Sir Philip Sidney, prominent Elizabethan


  • T'Pau, 1980s pop group

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


  • Mary Webb (1881–1927), author

  • Matthew Webb, first man to swim the English Channel

  • John Wilkinson, of Broseley, industrialist

  • Alison Williamson, of Church Stretton, Archery Olympic bronze medalist
  • Roy Wood, of Wem, in the band Wizzard
  • Billy Wright, "Born in Ironbridge, Wolverhampton Wanderers football player as well as England captain"
  • William Wycherley, Restoration dramatist and playwright famous for The Country Wife