Examples from the Web for shrewsbury
Since then, St. John's has moved to the suburbs—hence the "Shrewsbury"—and become a high-rent prep school.
It is known as the Pest Basin, and dates from the days when the plague was raging in Shrewsbury, during the seventeenth century.Nooks and Corners of Shropshire|H. Thornhill Timmins
Shrewsbury has always been famous for pageants, its annual show being a grand display by the trade societies.England, Picturesque and Descriptive|Joel Cook
The earl of Shrewsbury, with a body of eight thousand men, was sent over to support them.
Meanwhile the sweat was advancing from Shrewsbury to London, where it broke out on the 7th July.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
Shrewsbury had a few weeks before consented to accept the seals.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for shrewsbury
Word Origin and History for shrewsbury
one of the most etymologically complex of English place names, it illustrates the changes wrought in Old English words by Anglo-French scribes who could not pronounce them. Recorded 1016 as Scrobbesbyrig, it originally may have meant "the fortified place in (a district called) The Scrub." The initial consonant cluster was impossible for the scribes, who simplified it to sr-, then added a vowel (sar-) to make it easier still.
The name was also changed by Anglo-French loss or metathesis of liquids in words containing -l-, -n-, or -r- (also evident in the derivatives of Old French Berengier "bear-spear" -- Old High German Beringar -- name of one of the paladins in the Charlemagne romances and a common given name in England 12c. and 13c., which has come down in surnames as Berringer, Bellanger, Benger, etc.). Thus Sarop- became Salop- and in the 12c. and 13c. the overwhelming spelling in government records was Salopesberie, which accounts for the abbreviation Salop for the modern county.
During all this, the Anglo-Saxon inhabitants (as opposed to the French scribes) still pronounced it properly, and regular sound evolutions probably produced a pronunciation something like Shrobesbury (which turns up on a 1327 patent roll). After a predictable -b- to -v- (a vowel in the Middle Ages) to -u- shift, the modern spelling begins to emerge 14c. and is fully established 15c.
Shrewsbury clock, for some reason, became proverbial for exactness, and thus, naturally, proverbial as indicating exaggeration of accuracy (1590s).