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From Old English Sċrobbesburh (literally fort in the scrubland region), from *sċrob (shrub, scrub) + burh. Compare Shropshire from Sċrobbesċīr, short form of Sċrobbesbyriġ sċīr (literally shire of Shrewsbury).


Only for the town in England:

For all other places:

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  1. A large market town, the county town of Shropshire, England.
  2. A civil parish with a town council which includes the town in Shropshire, which partly replaced Shrewsbury and Atcham District when it was abolished in 2009.
  3. A small hamlet in Chatham-Kent municipality, south-western Ontario, Canada.
  4. A ghost town in Gore township, Argenteuil Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada.
  5. A hamlet in Portland parish, Jamaica.
  6. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A declining rural unincorporated community in Grayson County, Kentucky.
    2. A former unincorporated community in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; suburb of New Orleans.
    3. A sizable town in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
    4. A city in St. Louis County, Missouri; inner suburb of St. Louis.
    5. A township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, which has shrunk in size since 1693.
    6. A borough in eastern Monmouth County, New Jersey, formed in 1926 from the township.
    7. An unincorporated community in Upper Freehold Township, in southwestern Monmouth County, New Jersey.
    8. A borough in York County, Pennsylvania.
    9. Three townships in Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County, Sullivan County and York County.
    10. A town in Rutland County, Vermont.
    11. A census-designated place and unincorporated community in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
  7. An English earldom.

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