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English: Frodesley is a tiny village and civil parish in the English county of Shropshire, located at Lat. 520 36.5 North, Long. 20 43.2 or British National Grid SJ514012 partly within the Shrophsire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The name probably derives from an Anglo-Saxon chief "Frod" who was the founder,and "leah" or clearing.It is mentioned in the Domesday Book: one hide paying tax,land for two ploughs, woodland for 30 pigs, valued at eight shillings. Most of Frodesley extends perpendicular to the south-west extension the Roman road Watling Street, running from Wroxeter (Viroconium) to Leintwardine (Bravonium or Branogenium) - Iter XII of the Antonine Itinerary. An important route built in the 1st century AD, the stretch here has been in continuous use. The parish has an area of about 900 hectares and lies between two hills, one at 145 metres on arable land, the other Lodge Hill rising to 304 metres and forested. The latter consists of Hoar Edge Grit, a tough Ordovician sandstone quarried for the construction of Viroconium. The forest is also known as Causeway Wood, possibly on account of a Roman track used to convey stone to the main road. There is a conjecture that this causeway corresponds to a bridleway running from the north-east edge of the forrest.


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