St Michael's Church, West Felton
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West Felton is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. At the 2001 census the parish, which also includes the settlements of Rednal, Grimpo and Haughton, had a population of 1,380, increasing to 1,475 at the 2011 Census.
The village originally grew around a Norman castle, whose motte lies next to the church. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Feltone, and as "Felton by le Knokyn" in 1303. The name Felton probably represents a combination of Old English feld, "open land", and tun, "settlement".
The old ecclesiastical parish of West Felton contained the townships of West Felton, Sutton, Rednall, Haughton, Teddesmere, Woolston (now in Oswestry Rural), Sandford and Twyford. The modern civil parish has similar, though not identical, boundaries. The parish church, which has a 12th-century nave, is dedicated to St Michael, and has a chapel of ease at Haughton.
Boer War VC recipient General Sir Walter Congreve had his home at West Felton Grange from 1903 to 1924. His son William was killed in the First World War and (posthumously) received the Victoria Cross, too. Their military service in the latter war is recorded in one of the Rolls of Honour books at St Michael's Church. The former gave land to the Church of England for the erection of a community facility called the Haslehurst Institute.
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