13 Facts About Telford


Telford is a town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, about 15 miles east of Shrewsbury, 21 miles south west of Stafford, 19 miles north west of Wolverhampton and 28 miles from Birmingham in the same direction.

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The Order renamed the new town Telford, after the Scottish-born civil engineer Thomas Telford, who in 1787 became Surveyor of Public Works for Shropshire.

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Telford was now 25 years old and was firmly established as one of the most important towns in the region.

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Telford was created politically – but its attempts to make a cohesive town from the fusion of other independent towns: Wellington, Madeley, Hadley, Oakengates, Dawley, Ironbridge and Donnington have largely been successful.

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Telford is the only settlement within the Telford parliamentary constituency, which was held by Labour from its creation in 1997 until the 2015 General Election.

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The Telford and Wrekin area is a popular commuter zone, containing some relatively rural areas in the North and West of the borough.

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Consequently, from the later 1970s, Telford began to attract high-technology firms and to diversify its industry, and the promotion of the Service industry began to prosper, in the Telford Town Centre area.

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Telford has attracted several large IT services companies, including EDS who support the MOD contract from the Euston Park site, as well as a vast array of clients across the world from the Plaza building.

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Telford is home to The University of Wolverhampton Business School campus and the School of the Built Environment.

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Telford is situated at the terminus of the M54 motorway, a spur of the M6 linking the town with Wolverhampton and the West Midlands, and on the A5 road between Shrewsbury and Cannock.

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Telford's rapidly growing population still has a relatively low car ownership.

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Telford is home to a variety of established amateur, semi-pro and professional sports clubs.

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Telford has a Supporters Club following Wolverhampton Wanderers F C, organising travel to away games and hosting social functions.

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