Wem, Shropshire

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Wem is a town in Shropshire

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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Wem within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Wem in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

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.

Wem in the Domesday Book

A village in Hodnet hundred, in the county of Shropshire.

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