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Hare and Hounds Cruckton - - 1338052.jpg
The village pub at Cruckton, the Hare and Hounds, currently unoccupied in 2016
Cruckton is located in Shropshire
Cruckton shown within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSJ430103
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY5
Dialling code01743
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
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52°41′13″N 2°50′38″W / 52.687°N 2.844°W / 52.687; -2.844Coordinates: 52°41′13″N 2°50′38″W / 52.687°N 2.844°W / 52.687; -2.844

Cruckton is a small village in Shropshire, England (grid reference SJ430103). Cruckton is situated approximately seven miles from Shrewsbury town centre, off the B4386 road to Montgomery, Powys. The postcode begins SY5. It is within the civil parish of Pontesbury and the Shrewsbury and Atcham parliamentary constituency.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cruckton like this:

"CRUCKTON, a chapelry, with a village, in Pontesbury parish, Salop; 3 miles WSW of Shrewsbury town and r[ailway]. station. Post town, Shrewsbury. Real property,[value] £4,981. Pop[ulation]., 155. The property is divided among a few. Cruckton Hall is the seat of the Harrieses. The living is a p[erpetual]. curacy, annexed to the second Pontesbury rectory, in the diocese of Hereford. The church is good."

The village has a crescent of council-built houses, called Church Close (originally Rural Cottages). They were built in 1949,[1] close to St Thomas' Church. The latter was built (with Edward Haycock as architect) as a daughter church to the then parish church at Pontesbury in 1840 and closed by 1985, since when it has been a private home[2] called Church House. At the time of the crescent's building the site of a Roman villa was found on the green.[1]

Cruckton's publicly funded Cruckton Hall School, opened in 1978, is for boys with special needs or behavioural challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders, including autism and Asperger syndrome.[3]

Sir Richard Jenkins, Chairman of the East India Company and M.P. for Shrewsbury 1837-41, was born at Cruckton, on 18 February 1785.[4] Civil engineer Sir William Francis currently lives at Cruckton.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Gaydon, A.T.(editor) (1968). Victoria County History, Volume VIII. University of London Institute of Historical Research. p. 260.
  2. ^ Whiteside, Robert (2006). The Churches and Chapels of Pontesbury Parish. funded by Local Heritage Initiative. pp. 63–64.
  3. ^ Cruckton Hall School
  4. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1892). "Jenkins, Richard". Dictionary of National Biography. 29. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  5. ^ Who's Who 2015. A and C Black. p. 801. ISBN 978-1-4081-8120-1.Home address given.

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