"Shropshire or Salop, an inland county of the W of England, is bounded
on the NW by Denbighshire, on the N by Flintshire and Cheshire, on the E
by Staffordshire, on the S by Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Radnorshire,
and on the W by Montgomeryshire and Denbighshire. Its outline has numerous
irregularities, but is not far from being oblong. Its boundaries are chiefly
artificial. Its greatest length from N to S is 48 miles; its greatest breadth
is 41 miles; its circuit is about 220 miles, and its area is 859,516 acres."
from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5