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St Oswald's Church, Hinstock
Hinstock is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
Population1,200 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ694263
Civil parish
  • Hinstock
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTF9
Dialling code01952 550/551
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°49′59″N 2°27′11″W / 52.833°N 2.453°W / 52.833; -2.453Coordinates: 52°49′59″N 2°27′11″W / 52.833°N 2.453°W / 52.833; -2.453

Hinstock is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England.

It appeared in the Domesday book survey as "Stoche" (from Old English stoc, "dependent settlement"); the present version of its name was created in the mediaeval period by prefixing Middle English hine ("domestic servants").[2]

Hinstock is approximately halfway between the market towns of Newport and Market Drayton. The A41 road, which until the 1980s ran through its centre, now bypasses the village. Hinstock is at the junction of the A529 road joining to Nantwich to the A41. A Roman road still exists in part as a road and as a footpath through Hinstock. The settlement of High Heath is to the north of the village alongside the A41 and to the west of Hinstock (at grid reference SJ682260) and forming part of the civil parish is the hamlet of Pixley.

Hinstock's facilities include a primary school; a village shop and post office; St Oswald's Church of England parish church; a pub named the Falcon Inn; a village hall; a Methodist chapel; two tennis courts; a football pitch; a five a side court; a cricket pitch; a small snooker hall and a running club.

Victorian hymn-writer and hymnologist John Ellerton was parish Rector of Hinstock from 1872 to 1876.[3]

The village hall was built as a memorial after World War I, as was a wheel cross monument which stands at a junction in the village.[4]

Near the village is a very small nature reserve, Quarry Wood, which is managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

From 1941 to 1947 there was a co-located Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm training station called RNAS Hinstock (HMS Godwit), which specialised in instrument and blind landing technologies. A Royal Navy officer and seaman from the base are buried in Hinstock Church's burial ground.[5]

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gelling and Foxall, The Place-names of Shropshire, Part 5 English Place-Name Society, 2006, p.137
  3. ^ "Ellerton, John (ELRN845J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery report, details from casualty record.

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