Lydbury North

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Lydbury North
St. Michael's and All Angels church, Lydbury North - - 654967.jpg
St. Michael's and All Angels, the parish church of Lydbury North
Lydbury North is located in Shropshire
Lydbury North
Lydbury North
Lydbury North shown within Shropshire
Population 695 (2011)
OS grid reference SO352859
Civil parish
  • Lydbury North
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY7
Dialling code 01588
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
ShropshireCoordinates: 52°28′05″N 2°57′22″W / 52.468°N 2.956°W / 52.468; -2.956
Lydbury North and the Kemp valley as viewed from Oakeley Mynd

Lydbury North is a village and a geographically large civil parish in south Shropshire, England.The population of the Civil Parish at the 2011 census was 695.[1] The parish is locally called Lydbury and there is no settlement called Lydbury South. It is located at grid reference SO352859.

It is situated in the south west corner of the county, near to the small towns of Clun and Bishop's Castle. The B4385 road runs through the village, as does the Jack Mytton Way. To the west is the village and parish of Colebatch. There is a part-time post office, community shop, school and church here. Also there is a public house called the Powis Arms.[2]

According to the Institute for Name Studies the name is Old English in derivation and means 'Fortification on the *Hlyde (= noisy stream)', perhaps an early name for the River Kemp.[3]

The village lies between 155m and 165m above sea level. Whilst the land to the south is flat, to the north it rises steeply.

Priors Holt, Priors Holt Hill and Churchmoor are at the northeastern extremities of the parish, the church of which in Lydbury North, St Michael and All Angels, contains a small Catholic chapel.

Walcot Hall[edit]

Walcot Hall

Walcot Hall is a Georgian country house to the south of the village. An original Elizabethan manor house was remodelled in 1764 by Sir William Chambers for Clive of India, who had bought the estate from Charles Walcot. It is constructed in two storeys of red brick with a slate roof to an irregular U-shaped floor plan

Walcot Pool, a large body of water which is part of the estate, was created by French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic War.[4] From 1929 to the Second World War the estate was a bird sanctuary.

Since 1957 it has been owned by the Parish family and used for weddings, corporate hospitality and accommodation.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Powis Arms information". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Institute for Name Studies, University of Nottingham. "A Key to English Place-Names". Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Walcot Hall". Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Walcot Hall". Retrieved 26 April 2013.  Official Website

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