Church of St Michael and All Angels, Welshamptom
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Welshampton is a small village located on the A495 road in Shropshire, England, near to the town of Ellesmere. It is adjacent to the villages of Lyneal and Colemere which comprise part of the so-called 'North Shropshire Lake District', all of which is within walking distance of Welshampton. At the 2001 Census, the Welshampton and Lyneal civil parish had a population of 839 , increasing to 852 at the 2011 Census. with a total population of 3,896(2001) for the Ellesmere and Welshampton ward.
According to a small history booklet written by local historian Christopher Jobson, published April 2007 entitled "What was on in Welshampton", a king's "thegn" (a member of a territorial nobility who attended in person upon the king, bringing with him his men and resources) by the name of Aldith may have owned a castle surrounded by a moat situated near a field now known as "Moat Meadow" located in the vicinity of what is now Lyneal Lodge. According to an article by the same author, in the August 2008 edition of "Mere News", the original village was known as 'Hampton' and had been in the barony of le Strange from Knockin since the 14th century. It came into the estates of the Earls of Derby through the marriage of Elizabeth Stanley (the daughter of Sir Thomas Stanley & Joan Gousell) & Thomas Strange in the early 15th century. The Stanley family is reputedley descended from Adam de Aldithley and the origin of the names may therefore be no mere coincidence.
The original site of Hampton was a high & flat hill overlooking a lowland area known as Bradenheath. The oldest known reference with the 'Welsh' prefix is 1587 which mentions two members of local families, the Kynastons and Hanmers.
War Memorial and War Grave
The village war memorial, within the churchyard, was erected in 1920 and paid for, mainly, by the Reverend Henry Moody, vicar of the parish for 45 years. His son, Charles Angelo Moody was killed whilst flying over Belgium in 1917 and the memorial was erected in his memory and that of 16 villagers who perished serving in World War I. Sadly, the Reverend Moody was to lose his other twin son Henry in a flying accident in 1931, and a record of it is engraved on the front of the memorial. The Reverend Henry Moody died in 1932. The names of three men who died during World War II and one during the Korean War are also engraved on the memorial.
In 2010, the war memorial underwent a complete restoration and cleaning, following a campaign to raise funds, spearheaded by Neville Metcalfe, a former resident of the village. His uncle, Francis John Bailey, whose name is engraved on the memorial, served with the 10th. Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, but died on 5 May 1918. A grant from the Ellesmere Local Joint Committee of £500 helped Mr. Metcalfe achieve his aim.
- Walter Nugent Monck, theatre director, was born here.
- Jeremiah Libopuoa Moshueshue, an African prince, died here
- Lieutenant Colonel John Lloyd Dickin formerly of Loppington who built Lyneal Lodge
Festival of Fire
This event has been staged each year since 2002 where the people of Welshampton design and build a "themed" bonfire. The event is usually held before 5 November, the traditional Guy Fawkes Night or "Bonfire night", as it is not associated with the traditional festival.
Welshampton Plant Fair
The first Fair took place in 2006, to raise funds for the replacement of the roof of the beautiful listed St Michael and All Angels Church, in Welshampton. Since then, the Fair has become an annual event, held every Spring Bank Holiday Monday, and growing by the year.
By 2008, when the church roof was funded, we continued to support the church’s upkeep and also Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support, which was then fund-raising for their new cancer support area at the local Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.
All proceeds have continued to be donated to these popular charities, totalling in all over £40,000 over the past 10 years, including over £10,000 in 2015. In addition to raising funds, the Fair also promotes Macmillan’s wonderful work in the County – their Shropshire fund-raising manager having an information stall on the day. The AUCTION of special plants continues to grow and grow since its introduction and will hope to be the main event next year in 2016.
Now the fair hopes to go digital....www.welshamptonplantfair.co.uk www.welshamptonplantfair.co.uk
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