Cheswardine, High Street
Cheswardine, Shropshire shown within Shropshire
|Population||991 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||MARKET DRAYTON|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||North Shropshire|
Cheswardine is a rural village and civil parish in north east Shropshire, England. The village lies close to the border with Staffordshire and is about 8 miles north of Newport and 5 miles south east of Market Drayton. At the 2001 Census, the parish (which also includes the villages of Chipnall and Soudley as well as several small hamlets such as Goldstone and Ellerton), had a population of 991 people.
History and architecture
Cheswardine was mentioned in the Domesday book, when the manor was held by Robert of Stafford, but is probably a much older settlement, with the church likely being built on an ancient fortified site.
Land 130 metres (430 ft) north of the church was granted to Hamon le Strange in 1155 and a manor house surrounded by a moat built soon after. The manor were rebuilt as a small castle between 1250 and 1350. Ownership passed to the Earl of Arundel and Surrey in 1376. The moat, earthworks and some buried ruins remain and Cheswardine Castle was scheduled as a historical monument in 1976.
The parish church, dedicated to St Swithun, overlooks Cheswardine from the hill at the top of the village. This is at least the third church on this site, and was rebuilt in 1887 - 1889 under the direction of the esteemed architect John Loughborough Pearson, who died before the work was completed. The work was completed with the assistance of funding by the then squire of the Cheswardine Estate, Charles Donaldson-Hudson, who evidently provided half of the estimated cost of £8,500.
Public bus services
The 323 Market Drayton - Telford bus used to run through the village but was discontinued in May 2010, due to poor usage, resulting in subsidy being dropped by the council. School busses still operate to Grove School, using Happy Days coaches and Bennetts.
Local amenities include a primary school, St Swithun's Church, as well as two village pubs, the Red Lion, with its own brewery, and the Fox and Hounds, which serves food. There is also a village hall, bowling green and playing fields. However, the local post office was closed down in 2006 and turned into a residential building. A new community village shop opened in its place in 2010.
People and Awards
Conservative MP and former minister Sir Peter Bottomley was baptized at St Swithun's Church, where his parents had married, his mother being a member of the Vardon family of Goldstone Hall. The ashes of his father (Sir James Bottomley), mother, brother and grandparents are buried in the churchyard.
The village has been runner up in Britain in Bloom several times.
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- Gelling and Foxall, The place-names of Shropshire, Volume 1, EPNS, 1990, p.78
- Raven, M. A Guide to Shropshire, 2005, p.46
- "Cheswardine Castle". English Heritage.
- "Devoted couple buried side by side. Village link went back for 70 years.". Shropshire Star. 12 July 2013. p. 43.
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