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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Market Drayton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Shropshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Market Drayton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Market Drayton in North Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st February 2017
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