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Wem, Shropshire

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Wem, Shropshire

Wem is a small market town in Shropshire, England. It is the administrative centre for the northern area committee of Shropshire Council, which has its headquarters at Edinburgh House in the centre of Wem. Wem lies nine miles to the north of Shropshire's county town of Shrewsbury and sits on the rail line between that town and Crewe in Cheshire. Wem's civil parish is named Wem Urban. A separate one in the surrounding countryside is named Wem Rural.
Administrative CountyShropshire
Traditional CountyShropshire
OS GridSJ5129
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityWest Mercia
Fire and Rescue AuthorityShropshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityShropshire
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code01939

Other names by which Wem, Shropshire has been known in the past


Wem, Shropshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Wem, market town and par. with ry. sta., Shropshire, on Ellesmere Canal, 10½ miles N. of Shrewsbury - par., 13,898 ac., pop. 3751; town, pop. 2600; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Wem is an old town, and numbers among its natives William Wycherley (1640-1715), the dramatist, and Judge Jeffreys (1640-1689), who in 1685 took the title of Baron Wem. The church, destroyed by fire in 1677, was rebuilt in 1679. Wem has a town hall, a market house, and an endowed school. Malting and tanning are the chief industries. In addition to the weekly market there are fairs on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.

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