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|Post town||CHURCH STRETTON|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
The name Smethcott has an Old English origin, and means "cottage(s) of the smiths". It was listed as a manor in Domesday, where (spelt "Smerecote") it is recorded as having been held by Eldred, the tenant of its former owner Edmund, who now himself held it from a member of the Anglo-Norman nobility. A 13th century motte-and-bailey castle existed at Smethcott, of which now only the earthworks remain in a field near the church. The motte hill rises to an altitude of 247 metres (810 ft).
The church, which is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, was largely rebuilt in 1850 though retains some Norman features. The parish's war memorial, a stone cross, is in the churchyard and there is also a Roll of Honour inside the church.
The rural parish is situated in the northern foothills of the Long Mynd and includes Picklescott and the hamlet of Betchcott. The nearest town is Church Stretton. To the south is the village and parish of Woolstaston, with the Betchcott Brook forming the parish boundary.
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- Gelling & Foxall, The place-names of Shropshire: Part 2, The hundreds of Ford and Condover, English Place-Name Society, 1995, p.181
- Eyton, R. W. Antiquities of Shropshire, v 5, J. R. Smith, 1857, p.250
- ecastles.co.uk Smethcott Castle
- A Church Near You Smethcote
- Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
- Raven, Michael (2005) A Guide to Shropshire (Third Edition) page 184
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