In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bridgnorth like this:
Bridgnorth, mun. bor. with ry. sta., Shropshire, on river Severn, 7 miles S. of Coalport, 13½ miles SW. of Wolverhampton, 24 miles SE. of Shrewsbury and 149 miles NW. of London, 3194 ac., pop. 5885; 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. The town is picturesquely situated on both sides of the river, which is here spanned by a handsome bridge. B. has mfrs. of carpets and worsted, and some trade in agricutural produce. It is an ancient town, said to have been founded by a daughter of King Alfred. A large portion of the castle, built shortly after the Conquest, still remains. B. returned 1 member till 1885.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bridgnorth in Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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