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Shropshire Sites and Monuments Record

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Introduction to the SMR

Shropshire County Council maintains the Sites and Monuments Record for the whole of the historic county of Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin. Our area is one of striking beauty and diversity of landscape, and is equally rich in historic remains. At present there are nearly 18,000 monuments and buildings recorded on the SMR, ranging in date from the Palaeolithic to the 20th Century. They include such gems as Mitchell.s Fold Bronze Age stone circle, Old Oswestry Iron Age hillfort, Wroxeter Roman town, Offa.s Dyke, the medieval Marcher town of Ludlow, and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge.

The SMR sits within the Shropshire County Council Environmental Record, which is operated by the Council.s Sustainability Group. The Environmental Record aims to bring together information on the archaeology, historic buildings, landscapes and natural history of the county, for the benefit of everybody. Although the records are used extensively for curatorial purposes, including development control and site management, they also form a significant resource for researchers. Enquiries are very welcome from all those interested in finding out more about Shropshire.s heritage and environment. Indeed, one of the main aims of mounting some of the data from the SMR on the Archaeology Data Service website is to increase its accessibility to a wider audience.

The information available here

The information supplied to the Archaeology Data Service was downloaded on 24 February 2004.

The following data fields are available on-line:

What else the SMR has to offer

The information given here only represents a fraction of what the Shropshire SMR has to offer. The record began in 1974 and it has been growing ever since. It incorporates material from a wide variety of sources (including the Ordnance Survey archaeology records and historic maps, aerial photographs, excavation and survey reports, and research papers) and there are extensive supporting collections. You are welcome to visit the SMR to make use of these (but by appointment please, as we have limited space and staff).

At the heart of today.s SMR is a computer database and GIS system, from which the information supplied to the Archaeology Data Service has been derived. This contains more information than is given here: for example, we often hold more detailed grid references for a site; and we will normally be able to tell you if a site has been Listed and/or Scheduled by English Heritage. The SMR database contains much of the key information from the original paper collections, but not yet all . and certainly not all of the detail. The content of the database changes from day to day as more data . either detail from the back catalogue of the SMR collections, or entirely new information . is added. For these reasons, we would always recommend that if you are seriously interested in a site, you contact the SMR directly for the most up to date and complete information.

Help us make the SMR better

We constantly endeavour to make the Sites and Monuments Record as accurate and complete as we can. However, the SMR will never be a definitive record of Shropshire.s archaeology, as it will always reflect the directions of the research and excavation work which has been carried out; and we can never guarantee that it is error free. The other side of the coin is that there will always be new and more accurate information coming in (we hope) from current research and excavation.

If, as you use this data, you notice any mistakes, or if you have any information (or indeed know of whole sites . or historic buildings) which you think we should have included, but haven.t, please let us know (at the address below). We will try incorporate your contribution as soon as we can. Inclusion on the SMR, whilst not a protection in itself, does mean that an archaeological site or historic building can be taken into account by planners, developers and site managers. If we don.t know about a site, then, sadly, it is less likely to be protected against damage.

Sites to visit

Please note that the inclusion of a site in the SMR does not necessarily mean that you will be able to visit it. Most of the sites recorded are in private ownership, with no public right of access. If you want to visit such a site, you must first obtain permission from the landowner and tenants. However, there are many other sites and buildings in Shropshire (for example, English Heritage or National Trust sites) which are either open to the public at certain times or situated on access land, and many more which are easily visible from public rights of way.

How to use this information

All the information given here is provided on the understanding that it is solely for individual use or private research. It must not be copied or otherwise reproduced in the public domain without the express permission of the copyright holder(s). Shropshire SMR is produced by and is copyright of Shropshire County Council, but the copyright to many of the sources used or held by the SMR remains with the individual originators.

How to contact us

If you have any queries about the SMR, would like further details of sites, or would like to contribute to the SMR, please contact us:

The Environmental Record
Sustainability Group
Shropshire County Council
Abbey Foregate

Tel: 01743 252562


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