The period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Norman invasion is often referred to as the “dark ages”. Stories and poems of warrior kings and heroic battles blur with histories such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.

But many features of Shropshire were established during this time. The Anglo-Saxons established fortified towns or burhs such as Shrewsbury and Chirbury and administrative areas or shires were defined. Stretches of King Offa’s dyke can still be seen along the English/Welsh border. Christianity was adopted and Anglo-Saxon saints such as St Milburgha are remembered in local place names.


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