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I'm a sheep!

Well done! Sheep are found in lots of Shropshire place-names. The Old English word for sheep was scēp - the first two letters made a 'sh' sound, and the 'e' was pronounced as a long vowel sound, like 'ee', giving us modern 'sheep'. The village of Shipton was named after sheep, and it means 'sheep estate'.

Some things to think about:

Sheep were common in Anglo-Saxon England, so why do you think this place was called 'sheep estate'? What was the main occupation of people living in Shipton in the Middle Ages, do you think?