THE first churches in Shropshire were built in Saxon times and the county has a proud heritage of church building through the centuries.

Although the county town of Shrewsbury and the other major towns contain many of the larger churches, villages and smaller rural settlements are also home to many historical churches of interest.

A new book ‘Churches in Shropshire’ by David Paul will cover a cross section of churches throughout the county, both well-known and those waiting to be discovered by a wider audience, covering a wide range of styles through the centuries.

This picture of an important part of the history of Shropshire over the centuries will be of interest to all those who live in or are visiting this attractive county in England.

Author David Paul is a well-known local historian and author, who has written a number of books for Amberley on places in the North West and West Midlands and elsewhere.

He lives in Widnes near Manchester.