In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Market Drayton like this:
Drayton, Market (or Drayton in Hales), market town and township, with ry. sta., N. Shropshire, Drayton in Hales par., on r. Terne, 18 m. NE. of Shrewsbury and 158 NW. of London, 7768ac., pop. 5188; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Wednesday; is an old town, and is supposed to be the Caer Draithon of the Britons. The par. church is not much later than the Conquest. The free grammar-school was founded in the reign of Philip and Mary. Market Drayton has mfrs. of paper and haircloth, and some foundries and tanneries.
Market Drayton is now part of North Shropshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Shropshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Market Drayton itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Market Drayton in North Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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