Howle, Shropshire

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Howle Pool, at Howle Pool Farm, Howle, Shropshire
Howle is located in Shropshire
Howle shown within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSJ690234
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtTF10
Dialling code01952
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°48′25″N 2°27′32″W / 52.807°N 2.459°W / 52.807; -2.459Coordinates: 52°48′25″N 2°27′32″W / 52.807°N 2.459°W / 52.807; -2.459

Howle, also spelt Howl, is a small village in Shropshire, England, in a rural area some five miles to the north-west of the town of Newport. Although it is part of the civil parish of Chetwynd, the nearest village is Child's Ercall.

The village name has been variously suggested as being derived from the Old English personal name element Hyge-[1] or from a word meaning "hill".[2] In the Domesday Book survey it was recorded as the manor of Hugle.[3]

Howle is on the edge of Ercall Heath, which was largely forested until World War I and has been partly brought into cultivation since;[2] the River Meese flows nearby. There is a holy well, formerly used by those seeking cures, south of Howle near the road to Tibberton.[4]

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  1. ^ Bowcock, E. W. Shropshire place names, Wilding & Son, 1923, pp.125-6
  2. ^ a b Raven, M. A Guide to Shropshire, 2005, p.96
  3. ^ Gelling and Foxall, The place-names of Shropshire, Volume 1, EPNS, 1990, p.161
  4. ^ Raven, p.202