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Boscobel House
Grid reference: SJ835082
Location: 52°40’16"N, 2°14’35"W
Post town: Stafford
Postcode: ST19
Dialling code: 01902
Local Government
Council: Shropshire
The Wrekin

Boscobel is a parish in the east of Shropshire, adjacent to the border with Staffordshire. To the north is the Staffordshire village of Bishops Wood.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 12.[1] Because of its small population, it shares a parish council with the neighbouring Donington parish. It is the smallest parish in Shropshire by population – the smallest by area is Deuxhill.

Boscobel House

It is the site of Boscobel House, home to the Giffard family, owners of the Boscobel Royal Oak, where Charles II hid in an oak tree after losing the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

A historical romance on the subject was published as Boscobel in 1871 by William Harrison Ainsworth.

The "pine groves of Boscobel" are mentioned (twice) by Charles Kinbote, narrator of Vladimir Nabokov's 1962 postmodern novel Pale Fire, in descriptions of his escape from Zembla.

White Ladies Priory

The parish is the site of White Ladies Priory, formerly a priory of Augustinian canonesses.



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  1. National Statistics Bridgnorth district parishes
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