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"PETTON, a parish in the Baschurch division of the hundred of Pimhill, county Salop, 6 miles S.W. of Wem, its post town, 3 N.E. of Baschurch railway station, and 6 S. by E. of Ellesmere. The parish, which is inconsiderable, is situated on the western side of the road between Shrewsbury and Ellesmere. It is wholly agricultural, but is celebrated for the size and growth of its timber. The Ellesmere canal passes about 2 miles distant. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield, value £160. The church, which is situated on a wooded hill, is a brick edifice, with a turret containing one bell. It was rebuilt in 1727. It contains a carved oak pulpit, with the date 1635. Petton Hall, situated in a well-wooded park, is the principal residence. In the park is a moat, still entire, with the-remains of a drawbridge, and at a little distance is a mound, where many curious coins have been discovered."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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