Welcome to Highley!

Highley is a large village on the banks of the River Severn in South Shropshire, close to the border with Worcestershire. Although dating from Anglo-Saxon times, it owes its current size largely to the opening of coal mines at the end of the last century. However all mining ceased in 1969 and the mine sites have been turned into the Severn Valley Country Park. Like many mining villages it has a long tradition of sporting excellence, producing a former England international footballer and numerous other professional footballers and cricketers. This continues to the present day; a local football team was, at the time of writing, the holder of the Shropshire Sunday League Cup. The village has also been the home for 50 years of Highley Pens Ltd., a specialist company making high quality calligraphic pens.

Whilst Highley is proud of its industrial heritage, most of the village remains farmland and woods; it is set in rolling Shropshire countryside close to the large Wyre Forest. The village lies on the famous Severn Valley Railway and is now being discovered by tourists interested in walking, wildlife, local history or simply looking for a quiet place to relax.

The village is now a vibrant and forward-looking community. In 2002 we developed a Discovery Trail from the station to the village centre that took first prize in the Shropshire Pride competition. In 2004 we won three awards in ‘Britain in Bloom’, including an overall gold award. We also have a brand-new £3 million sports and community centre - the ‘Severn Centre’.

This web site is provided jointly by the Highley Initiative and Highley St. Mary’s Church. We hope it will be of service to both visitors and local residents. Welcome to Highley!

Highley Parish Hall

The Clock Sculpture

(Photograph by Mick Cotton)

Barke Street

Woodhill Farm

The River Severn

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