Oakengates is a town in the borough of Telford & Wrekin and the ceremonial county of Shropshire and now forms part of the new town of Telford. The parish's population back in 2001 was recorded at 8,517.
The name, Oakengates, has nothing to do with Oak or Gates but is derived from the Ancient Brythonic name for the valley which was Usc-con meaning The Lake (Usc(water) and the confluence (Cond) of two streams and from the Old Norse gata, path see gh- in Indo-European roots. A history of Oakengates was written by local historian Rev J.E.G Cartlidge, whose name is commemorated in the name of the retirement home Cartlidge House.
Oakengates has Telford's main Theatre, "The Place"; within this building are the town council's headquarters. The town has a growing reputation as offering an "all year real ale festival"; Oakengates has 3 pubs in the CAMRA guide (2013) more than many towns very much greater in size.