Cressage (Christ's Oak),originated at a crossing place of the River Severn, first a ford and then a bridge, the small settlement clustering along the main route to the river but on a sand and gravel terrace above the floodplain. From small beginnings Cressage has grown considerably, predominantly since the second world war and is the largest of the three villages in the parish. It occupies a compact area mostly east of the A458 and because of good communications in all directions has become a commuter settlement. Cressage has more facilities than the other two villages having a primary school, pre-school provision, a medical centre, shop and part-time post office. There are regular bus services to Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth.


Harley was originally sited around the church on the main road from Wenlock Edge to the river.When the By-pass was built became a quiet place to live although the regular bus service to Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth passes through the village. Much of the village is designated as a Conservation Area and many of the buildings are made of local stone.


Sheinton is a mile east of Cressage. It is a very dispersed village with something of a centre around the church but largely spread out along the old road to Much Wenlock. Of the three villages, Sheinton has the most "agricultural atmosphere" and since the 1980s when farming activities were in decline has benefitted from considerable building renovation and barn conversions.

The Parish Plan

The first Parish Plan was instigated by the Parish Council in 2010 as a response to Shropshire Council's proposed planning programme for the area (SAMDEV). An action group was formed and work was completed in 2012 when the plan was published. A copy of that plan can be found on the link posted on this page, "The Way Ahead" our parish plan 2012.

In 2016 the parish council considered it was time to review the plan as many of the proposed actions seemed outdated and perhaps not relevant to the present needs.In addition to this development and planning issues have become of immediate concern and the council thought it only right that the community should be consulted to see if it was necessary to review and update the plan. Further details of this issue can be found in the Chairmans Report 2016. A link is available on this page.

A well attended public meeting was held in May 2016 led by the Community Enablement Team and it was proposed that a action group be established.The first meeting was held on June 22nd in Cressage Village Hall. David Fairclough from the team will introduce the next meeting on 20th July 6pm also in Cressage Village Hall.

Parish Info

Key information about the parish