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Smethcott church
Smethcott is located in Shropshire
Smethcott shown within Shropshire
Population254 (2011)
OS grid referenceSO450998
Civil parish
  • Smethcott
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY6
Dialling code01694
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°35′35″N 2°48′40″W / 52.593°N 2.811°W / 52.593; -2.811Coordinates: 52°35′35″N 2°48′40″W / 52.593°N 2.811°W / 52.593; -2.811

Smethcott (sometimes Smethcote) is a civil parish and dispersed hamlet near the village of Picklescott, in Shropshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 254.[1]

The name Smethcott has an Old English origin, and means "cottage(s) of the smiths".[2] 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.[3] A 13th century motte-and-bailey castle existed at Smethcott, of which now only the earthworks remain in a field near the church.[4] 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.[5] The parish's war memorial, a stone cross, is in the churchyard and there is also a Roll of Honour inside the church.[6]

The village school closed in 1964 and today the nearest services (pubs, shops, etc.) are found in Picklescott and Leebotwood.[7]

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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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gelling & Foxall, The place-names of Shropshire: Part 2, The hundreds of Ford and Condover, English Place-Name Society, 1995, p.181
  3. ^ Eyton, R. W. Antiquities of Shropshire, v 5, J. R. Smith, 1857, p.250
  4. ^ Smethcott Castle
  5. ^ A Church Near You Smethcote
  6. ^ Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  7. ^ Raven, Michael (2005) A Guide to Shropshire (Third Edition) page 184