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The village is near Offa's Dyke, which bounds the parish on the west. The parish includes the townships of Upper and Lower Porkington (a crude transliteration of Brogyntyn), and also the hamlet of Hengoed (Welsh for "Old Forest"). The surface is undulating and well timbered. The soil is of various qualities, and the substratum abounds with limestone. There are quarries of good building-stone. Close to Selattyn lies the ruined Castle Brogyntyn dating to the 12th century. The area only became confirmed as part of Shropshire and therefore also a part of England in the 16th century. E. G. Ravenstein's look at the geographical extent of the Welsh language in 1878, from a lecture he gave in that year, reported Welsh services and Welsh being spoken in Selattyn and the surrounding area.
Church of St Mary
The church, dedicated to St. Mary, stands in the middle of the village. It was first mentioned in Papal Tax records in 1291. The church is situated within an oval churchyard in which can be found a number of extremely old Yew trees. This points to the likelihood that Christian worship has been offered here for well over 1000 years. The bowl of the font dates from the 13th century and the beautiful barrel roof over the chancel is perhaps as old as the 14th century.
In the Middle Ages the church would have been a simple oblong, consisting of the nave and chancel, perhaps a tower. The internal nave roof timbers are from about the end of this period, namely the 15th century. The north and south transepts were not added until 1821–28. Then in 1891–92 the church was extensively rebuilt, with the addition of the north aisle and the red sandstone arches, while red roof tiles replaced slates. There are two Kempe windows in the church.
Inside the church is a framed First World War Roll of Honour listing parish men who served, indicating those among them who died, how and when. Nearby hang a picture and details of Selattyn's only Second World War loss, Robert Hanmer, killed returning from a bombing mission over Germany, with display of his medals, pictures of the crash site and his grave. There is a memorial from the Boer War, in form of brass plaque, to Trooper G. Evans (Imperial Yeomanry), who died of fever at Mafeking in 1900.
The church was restored in 1996, and again in 2001.
Former Rectors of the parish include Henry Sacheverell, who held the living 1710-1713 despite being suspended from preaching after being tried for politicized sermons he made in London. Former Curates included, from 1859 to 1864, David Thomas, later Archdeacon of Montgomery and historian.
- Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
- A History of the Parish of Selattyn. Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society, Part III, Second Series, Volume III. 1896. pp. 68, 82.Article by the Hon Mrs Bulkeley-Owen.
- Jenkins, Robert Thomas. "Thomas, David Richard (1833–1916), cleric and historian". Welsh Biography Online. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
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