Child's Ercall

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Child's Ercall
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St Michael's Church, Child's Ercall
Child's Ercall is located in Shropshire
Child's Ercall
Child's Ercall
Child's Ercall shown within Shropshire
Population732 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ667251
Civil parish
  • Child's Ercall
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMArket Drayton
Postcode districtTF9
Dialling code01952
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°49′19″N 2°29′42″W / 52.822°N 2.495°W / 52.822; -2.495Coordinates: 52°49′19″N 2°29′42″W / 52.822°N 2.495°W / 52.822; -2.495

Child's Ercall is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. It is located in a rather remote rural area between the small towns of Market Drayton and Newport: the civil parish had a total population of 599 at the 2001 census,[1] rising to 732 at the 2011 Census.[2] The closest neighbouring village is Ollerton, around 1 mile to the west.

Its name is thought to derive from a Celtic word, perhaps the old Welsh name Ercal,[3] along with "child" in its mediaeval sense, meaning "knight".[4] The parish is sometimes referred to as Ercall Parva, which turned into "Little Ercall". This name saved it from confusion with the other Ercall in Shropshire - Ercall Magna, now called "High Ercall". The change from use of the names Ercall Magna and Ercall Parva to High Ercall and Little and later Child's Ercall, better suggests that the use of the term "Child's" merely alludes to it being 'Little' like a child, compared to the 'adult' High(er) Ercall, rather than any link to a term for a young knight.

The village church has a 12th-century doorway, a 13th-century arcade and 14th-century aisle, as well as stained glass by Charles Eamer Kempe.[4]

Child's Ercall Football Club is a member of the Mercian Regional League (that covers most of Shropshire) and they play their home games in the village at Jubilee Hall.

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  1. ^ Child's Ercall CP, Office for National Statistics
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ Gelling, M. The place-names of Shropshire, pt.1, English Place-Name Society, 1990, pp.125-6
  4. ^ a b Raven, M. A Guide to Shropshire, 2005, p.50

External links[edit]

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