St Mark's Church, Frodesley
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Frodesley is a tiny village and civil parish in the English county of Shropshire, and is situated partly within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 256.
The name probably derives from an Anglo-Saxon chief "Frod" who was the founder,and leah or clearing. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book: one hide paying tax,land for two ploughs, woodland for 30 pigs, valued at eight shillings. Most of Frodesley extends perpendicular to the south-west extension the Roman road Watling Street, running from Wroxeter (Viroconium) to Leintwardine (Bravonium or Branogenium) - Iter XII of the Antonine Itinerary. An important route built in the 1st century AD, the stretch here has been in continuous use.
The parish has an area of about 900 hectares and lies between two hills, one at 145 metres on arable land, the other Lodge Hill rising to 304 metres and forested. The latter consists of Hoar Edge Grit, a tough Ordovician sandstone quarried for the construction of Viroconium. The forest is also known as Causeway Wood, possibly on account of a Roman track used to convey stone to the main road. There is a conjecture that this causeway corresponds to a bridleway running from the north-east edge of the forest.
Dating from 1809 on much earlier foundations, the church of St Mark's is one of the smallest in Shropshire.
On the edge of Lodge Hill lies a curious old building, built in 1591, known as Frodesley Lodge, or the Stone House. At the northern end is a round tower containing a spiral stone staircase the whole height of the building, opening on to the leaded roof, which has extensive views. Apparently it was built as a hunting lodge by Edward Scriven, Esq.(1549-1631). Generations of his Scriven ancestors going all the way back to Reginald Scriven, who died in 1428, were born and died in Frodesley, as did Edward's son, Sir Thomas Scriven (1584-1684). Formerly isolated, the oft renovated Lodge now lies among more recent barn conversion dwellings. Just down the hill from the Lodge is the venerable, 90% dead, Frodesley oak, more than 700 years old.
A document from 1848 mentions the discovery near the Lodge of a Roman votive altar dedicated to the goddesses of Britain and bearing the name L Caractacus.
In recent years the population has increased to around 100; until July 2006 there was a public house, the Swan.
The area is agricultural, predominantly livestock with some arable.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- H.E. Forrest, "Some Old Shropshire Houses and their Owners", pp 98–9, 1924
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