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Longden pub and post office - geograph.org.uk - 763704.jpg
Longden, Shropshire. Village post office foreground, Tankerville Arms pub centre. Across road from latter (right) gateway to village church.
Longden is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
Population1,266 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ440063
Civil parish
  • Longden
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY5
Dialling code01743
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°39′07″N 2°49′37″W / 52.652°N 2.827°W / 52.652; -2.827Coordinates: 52°39′07″N 2°49′37″W / 52.652°N 2.827°W / 52.652; -2.827

Longden is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. It is located 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Shrewsbury.

Longden village[edit]

There is a public house (the Tankerville Arms) and a post office/shop, along with a church, and a primary school. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,266.[1] It also has a village hall with a recreational field, children's play park and a private tennis club. According to mid-2007 population estimates, the parish had a population of 1,325.[2]

In the south end of the village is hexagonal brick gazebo, built about 1870, in the garden wall of Hall Farmhouse.[3]

Church and chapel[edit]

The Church of England church of St Ruthen (name sometimes believed to be a corruption of Swithun)[3] was originally built before 1569 as a chapel to the parish church at Pontesbury. (Longden was part of that parish until it became an ecclesiastical parish in its own right in 1935; in 1955 Longden benefice amalgamated with neighbouring Annscroft.[4]) The nave, of mixed red and yellow sandstone rubble, has a moulded plinth believed to be of mediaeval origin, and a blocked south doorway probably early 17th century. A polygonal apse chancel was added in the 18th century, which was restored 1877 and given north and south windows in 1938, while the west porch and vestry were added in 1852-53. It contains a late 17th-century plain wooden pulpit and a marble baluster shaped font, originally made for Pontesbury parish church in 1829, brought here in 1864.[3] The oak lych-gate of the churchyard is the village's war memorial, erected after World War I.[5] The churchyard contains the war graves of two British Army soldiers of World War II.[6][7]

There was formerly a Methodist chapel at the north end of the village, built in 1870, which closed in the 1990s and is now part of a private house.[8]

Longden Common[edit]

Longden Common lies to the south of the village. It had a Congregationalist chapel, built in 1836, which closed in 1967, when some of its pews were given to Longden Methodist chapel.[9] The hamlet's main social focal point is a public house, The Red Lion.


An electoral ward of Shropshire Council in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Ford with a total ward population at the 2011 census of 3,967.[10] Longden represented within the Shrewsbury and Atcham parliamentary constituency.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Neighbourhood population statistics
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner, Nikolaus (2005). The Buildings of England: Shropshire. Yale University Press. p. 340. ISBN 0-300-12083-4.
  4. ^ Whiteside, John (2006). The Churches and Chapels of Pontesbury Parish. Pontesbury Local Heritage Initiative. p. 60.
  5. ^ Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  6. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record, Alfred Hartshorn.
  7. ^ [2] CWGC Casualty Record, Reuben Hartshorn.
  8. ^ The Churches and Chapels of Pontesbury Parish. p. 138.
  9. ^ The Churches and Chapels of Pontesbury Parish. p. 137.
  10. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 27 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Longden at Wikimedia Commons