Market Drayton

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Market Drayton

St Mary's Church, Market Drayton
Population11,773 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ673321
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTF9
Dialling code01630
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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Market Drayton, known locally as simply Drayton, is a market town and civil parish in the county of Shropshire, England. It is located near the Cheshire and Staffordshire borders.

It lies on the River Tern, between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent.

The town was formerly known as Drayton in Hales around 1868 and earlier simply as Drayton around 1695. Drayton is recorded in the Domesday Book as a manor in the hundred of Hodnet. It was held by William Pantulf, Lord of Wem, from Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury. It is listed as having a population of just 5 households in 1086, putting it in the smallest 20% of settlements recorded.

Now, the town has a population of 11,773.

The town had a railway station, however it closed in 1963 during the Beeching cuts. The site of the former station is now a Morrisons supermarket.

The town has a semi-professional football club, Market Drayton Town FC.

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Market Drayton is twinned with:

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