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Asterley windmill
Asterley is located in Shropshire
Asterley shown within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSJ373070
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY5
Dialling code01743
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°39′25″N 2°55′34″W / 52.657°N 2.926°W / 52.657; -2.926Coordinates: 52°39′25″N 2°55′34″W / 52.657°N 2.926°W / 52.657; -2.926

Asterley is a village in Shropshire, England. Its name, derived from Old English, means "the eastern clearing in the forest".[1]

It was historically a township of the large parish of Pontesbury,[2] and is still part of the civil parish of Pontesbury. It consists of some 50 houses, including some timber- and cruck-framed dwellings.[3]

There is a brick former Church of England mission church in the village, built in 1869 but a private house since about 1990,.[4] Its churchyard contains the graves of two World War II soldiers who both died in 1940, which are registered and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[5]

There is a functioning Methodist chapel which is part of the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit. The chapel was built in 1834.[1] A stone World War I memorial tablet is next to its entrance door outside and indoors is a framed Roll of Honour to local men who died in World War II.[6] The village had a small and possibly shortlived Latter Day Saints congregation in 1851.[7]

The village has had two pubs, The Royal Oak and The Windmill Inn, a shop and a school house which are all now private houses.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the village was the centre of a small-scale coal mining and brick-making industry.[3]

Outside the village is a rare survival, a windmill built in 1809.[8] It was restored in the 1980s.

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  1. ^ a b Raven, M. A Guide to Shropshire, 2005, p.16
  2. ^ Pontesbury Archived March 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine., GENUKI
  3. ^ a b Martinali (compiler), Richard. Pontesbury Parish 2012, Celebrating life in our parish in Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Year. Pontesbury 2012 Guide Committee. p. 9.
  4. ^ Whiteside, John (2006). The Churches and Chapels of Pontesbury Parish. funded by Local Heritage initiative. p. 71.
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report. Dates obtained from casualty record.
  6. ^ Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  7. ^ Gaydon & Lawson, A.T & J.B. (1982). A History of Pontesbury. Shropshire Libraries. p. 292. ISBN 0-903802-23-6.Reprinted extract from Victoria History of Shropshire, Volume VIII, published 1968.
  8. ^ Asterley, National Mills Weekend

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