Ightfield

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Ightfield
Ightfield Church - geograph.org.uk - 5454.jpg
The church at Ightfield, Shropshire
Ightfield is located in Shropshire
Ightfield
Ightfield
Ightfield shown within Shropshire
Population 529 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ593383
Civil parish
  • Ightfield
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WHITCHURCH
Postcode district SY13
Dialling code 01948
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Shropshire
52°56′28″N 2°36′18″W / 52.941°N 2.605°W / 52.941; -2.605Coordinates: 52°56′28″N 2°36′18″W / 52.941°N 2.605°W / 52.941; -2.605

Ightfield is a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. The population of the parish at the 2011 census was 529.[1]

Within the civil parish boundaries is another small village - Calverhall.

Ightfield is situated in a rural area, with many of its roots being in farming. In fact, the name could be derived from the Old English 'Ihtfeld' collocated from 'iht'= creature + 'feld'= field. This would be plausible considering the area's long agricultural history. Over the years, the number of farmers in the area has declined, with only a handful remaining. Due to the reduced amount of agricultural activity, the village expanded slightly, with the addition of two new housing estates built on previously agricultural land.

It was mentioned in the hundred of Hodnet as Istefelt in the Domesday Book in 1086.[2] Though not as large as some parishes in the area, it had its own priest, which implies an established community which had its own church. In the 12th century the parish became part of the Hundred of Bradford (probably the North Division), and continued so until the late 19th century.

Many years ago, Ightfield had a local public house for travelers to break up their long journeys by horse and cart. It is now long gone, and was converted into a private home some years ago.

The church of St John the Baptist, though partly rebuilt in the 19th century, has 15th-century origins. It stands on the northern edge of the village on a small rise. It features gargoyles. The tower contains a peal of six bells, and the father of Shropshire novelist Mary Webb, George Meredith, is buried in the churchyard next to his father Rev. Edward Meredith, sometime rector of the parish.

Ightfield Church is part of a network of five local churches (Ash, Moreton Say, Ightfield, Calverhall, Adderley - abbr. AMICA) which are within a 6-mile (9.7 km) diameter of each other and are served mainly by the Reverend Michael Last, who resides in the rectory of nearby Moreton Say. The Amica Centre is the central administrative hub and a community centre for the AMICA Benefice, and is located in Ightfield, next to the church. The website is located at [1].

The loss of the post office in 2002 left the villagers in fear over the economic and structural growth of the village, with many having to buy groceries in the nearby town of Whitchurch. Fortunately, this did not hinder the development of multiple new housing estates.

The veterinarian, Tom Leonard, who appeared on Vets in Practice (a BBC television programme from the late 90's), was raised 4 miles (6.4 km) outside the village. He and his young family still reside there. He has a veterinary practice in the nearby towns of Whitchurch and Ceewe.

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