English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Shawbury

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Sawesberie 1086 DB
  • Sagesbury c.1170-6 HAC
  • Scagesburie c.1177 SBL5403
  • Shaburia 1130-47 HAC
  • Scabir 1204 P
  • Schabury 1306-7 Ass
  • Shabury 1535 VE 1747 PR(StA)
  • Shabrie 1571 SBL5853
  • Shabre 1577 Saxton
  • Sauberia, Sauburia c.1135 SAC 1255 RH
  • Shawberia c.1165 SAC
  • Sagheburi c.1190 SAC
  • Sagebir, Scafberge 1203 P
  • Sachebur' 1212 Fees
  • Schagebir' 1201 P
  • Schageburi 1227 Ch
  • Shagebyr' 1237 Cl
  • Schayebur' 1242 Fees
  • Schauebyr 1255-6 Ass 1439 Fine
  • Siageb'i 1203-4 Ass
  • Sawebyr' 13th SBL5405
  • Sawebiry 1253 Pat
  • Soghbir' 1237 Cl
  • Chabur' 1255 RH
  • Chaubury 1285 Ch
  • Shaghburi c.1273 Ipm
  • Sheawbury 1702 PR(H)

Etymology

'Manor-house by a small wood', from OE  sceaga and byrig, dat. of burh . The earliest instance noted of the modern spelling is 1376SBL 5433.

There is a TAMap with the title Lands in Shawbury Parish . This shows fields in Acton Reynald, Shawbury, Edgebolton and Wytheford, but not in Charlton Grange or Muckleton. There is a map of Charlton Grange, 1846, in CorbetMaps 2 (referred to as Map in this section), but nothing is available for Muckleton. Charlton Grange and Muckleton are the only areas designated as townships on the Index to Tithe Survey map, but as Edgebolton and Wytheford have clearly discernible areas on the TAMap it has seemed best to treat them also as discrete units.

Major Settlements