Ruyton XI Towns Local History Society

The History of Ruyton XI Towns

Ruyton of the Eleven Towns - 1884

The history of Ruyton XI Towns, situated close to the Welsh border between the Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry, dates back to at least the Anglo Saxon period, (410-1066) as it is recorded in the Doomsday Book.

The village gained its name in the twelfth century when a castle was built and the village became the focus of eleven local townships, some of which still survive today. The eleven townships in question were: Coton, Eardiston, Felton, Haughton, Rednal, Ruyton, Shelvock, Shotatton, Sutton, Tedsmore, and Wykey. The name of the village has changed a few times from Ruyton of the Eleven Towns or simply Ruyton.

In 2008 the 'township' celebated its 700 year Charter Borough anniversary which coincided with the completion of preservation work on the ruins of Ruyton XI Towns' castle. The resulting interest in, and awareness of, the parish's history led to the creation of the Ruyton XI Towns Local History Society.

The aims of the Society are: To promote the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the history, archaeology and architecture of the parish of Ruyton XI Towns and its surrounding area and to investigate and encourage research into the history, archaeology and architecture of Ruyton XI Towns and its surrounding area.

Programme of Events 2024

10 Jan

7.30pm - Members Social Evening - Bring & Share Food, Quiz

14 Feb

7.30pm - AGM & Talk 'The History of the Cliffe’

Zia Robins

13 Mar

7.30pm - The History of Town Criers

Martin Wood

10 Apr

7.30pm - The History of Shrewsbury

Dorothy Nicolle

11 May

10.30am Saturday - Show and Tell event with coffee/tea and refreshments. Invitation to people to bring along historic artefacts and tell us of their significance to them.

TBN July

Visit to Whittington Castle with possible guided tour

Sarah Thursfield

11 Sep

7.30pm - Talk - I was naked and you clothed me. Parish, workhouse and charity clothing for the poor in the late eighteenth century.

Sarah Thursfield

9 Oct

7.30pm - Talk - Shropshire Mines Trust and Snailbeach Lead Mine

Andy Wood

13 Nov

7.30pm - Talk - Underground Shrewsbury

Dr Nigel Baker


No meeting

The Society, which meets regularly provides lectures, visits and exhibitions. New Members are always welcome. The annual membership fee is £20. Non-Members pay £5.00 per meeting.