Ruyton XI Towns Local History Society

Archive and other material

THE HISTORY of Ruyton XI Towns, which is situated close to the Welsh border between the Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry, dates back at least to the Anglo Saxon period.

In 2008 the 'township' celebated its 700 year Charter Borough anniversity 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.

Books on Ruyton XI Towns and surrounding areas:

A History of Ruyton XI Towns - Unusual Name Unusual History*

Out of print but extracts being reproduced on the website

Yoland Brown
Brewin Books, 1988

A Pictorial History of Ruyton and the XI Towns**

Yoland Brown 2007

Boreatton Park - From Dame Agnes Hunt to PGL Adventure Holidays*

Yoland Brown 1989

A Walk Through Ruyton XI Towns - Unusual Name, Unusual History*

Available at Brownhill House £5 - print to order

Yoland Brown

Zanzibar - May Allen and the East African Slave Trade

Yoland Brown spent many years of her childhood in Zanzibar where her father was the Port Officer but it was when she was researching for her book on the history of the village of Ruyton XI Towns and finding a 'cache' of letters from May Allen printed in the local Shropshire newspaper, Eddowes Journal, that set her on the trail of this 19th Century missionary

Yoland Brown

The Cost of Gardening

Building the Brownhills garden in Ruyton XI Towns

Roger Brown

*Out of print but available from local libraries.

**Contact: Yoland Brown, Brownhill House Hill and Gardens, Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire, SY4 1LR.

Books continued

  • Hatchments of Ruyton XI Towns and Great Ness
    Stewart A.L. Ballantyne and Peter Evans 2010
    Available from the Society, 50p, (See 'Our Committee' page)

  • Social Life in Ruyton XI Towns, 1870 - 1900. As seen through the School Log Book J. E. Hanson 2010 Available from the Society, £5.(See 'Our Committee' page)

  • General Information on Ruyton and its History Compiled by Shropshire Archives 1985

  • Listed Buildings English Heritage/Images of England


  • Flora Fauna and Birds of Ruyton

  • Ruyton Castle and Heritage Group

  • The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Link through:

  • Church Heritage Corner By arrangement with the Curate in Charge: The Revd. Lucinda Burns 01939 261234

  • Information Leaflet on the War Memorial Free, available through the Society and within the Church

  • Deposited at Shropshire Archives Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council Records, 1875-1908
    Accession No. 08537
    Ref. No. CP234
    Collector's monthly statement books: 1875-1886,1886-1891,1893-1899.
    Valuation book 1897.
    2 envelopes 'Mrs. Bound' containing bils and receipts,1894-1908.