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Telford

UK Place
Demography
Population162300 ((2009))
Administration
Unitary authorityTelford and Wrekin
Ceremonial countyShropshire
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Other Information
Post townTELFORD
Postcode districtTF1 - 5, TF7 TF
Dialling code01952
UK ParliamentTelford
The Wrekin

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Telford c-enaudio=en-uk-Telford.oggˈtɛlfərd is a large new town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, approximately 13 mi (20.9 km) east of Shrewsbury, and 30 mi (48.3 km) west of Birmingham. With an estimated population of 162,300 in 2009, Telford is by far the largest town in Shropshire, and one of the fastest growing towns in the United Kingdom.

It is named after Thomas Telford, the famous civil engineer. The town was built in the 1960s and 1970s as a new town on previously industrial and agricultural land. Like other planned towns of the era, Telford was created from the merger of other, smaller settlements, most notably the towns of Wellington, Oakengates, Madeley and Dawley. Telford Shopping Centre, a modern shopping mall, was constructed at the new town's geographical centre, along with an extensive Town Park. The M54 motorway was completed in 1983, connecting the town with the West Midlands conurbation.

Telford now includes Ironbridge Gorge, a scenic tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town advertises itself as "The Birthplace of Industry", due to its proximity to Coalbrookdale and other places in the Ironbridge Gorge area, which are internationally recognised as being important to the Industrial Revolution, and being to a large extent constructed on the Shropshire Coalfield. The River Severn flows along its southernmost boundary.


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