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Albrighton was granted Borough status in 1303 on account of its remoteness from Shrewsbury. That was renewed in 1662 but it seemed to lapse again by the 19th century

Gas came to Albrighton in 1868 and the Gasometer was at the side of the railway goods yard. The Cosford Waterworks were established in 1857 and water was first supplied to the village in 1895. Electricity came in 1919 initially on overhead poles and later, during the 1950s, the cables were put underground.

Early in the 17th century, Albrighton was noted for making buttons and then in the 18th century clock making flourished. By 1880 it was bricks, but by and large, agriculture was the main industry before the building of the railways.

The High Street, which is its most attractive part, has not been altered too much over the years. The half timbered inns, Georgian facades and lime trees still make the street picturesque. Bad planning in the 1960s did however replace Ashfield House and Wolverley House with unattractive dwellings that today would not even be allowed in areas away from the village centre.

Mentioned in the Domesday book as Albricston or the home/farm of Albric, it received its chater in 1303, which was renewed in 1662 for rather unusual reasons. The charter declared that “because Albrighton (then) adjoined staffordshire on the east, south and west sides, felons and other malefactors fled Staffordshire to escape prosecution because there was no resident justice of the peace in that part of Shropshire”.

In the summer of 2006, Albrighton hit the headlines when a storm broke out and parts of the village was flooded badly.

The population of Albrighton in 1800 was 900. In 1900 it was 1200 and was still on 1230 by 1931. Today it is over 4000.

The Borough status meant that there was a Justice of the Peace who could order the arrest of criminals. A small jail and stocks stood somewhere near to the Crown, whilst a room above it was used for various village meetings and transactions. There was also a Toll House nearby. The Rev Wright thought it more likely to be on the area of the village green but none of the early tithe maps show these buildings.

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