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"PITCHFORD, a parish in the hundred of Condover, county Salop, 5½, miles S.E, of Shrewsbury, its post town, and 1½ mile S.E. of the Condover railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Reagbrook, a branch of the river Severn, and on the road from Shrewsbury to Acton-Burnell. It is a petty sessions town. On the surface of a well near the village petroleum is obtained, from which circumstance the village takes its name, the oil having a strong pitchy smell. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £206. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure of rustic appearance. It contains four alabaster monuments of the Otley family; also the effigies of a Knight Templar, carved in oak, and supposed to represent Baron de Pitchford, a crusader, who was interred here. The mansion of Pitchford, for many centuries the residence of the Otleys, from whom it descended to the late Earl of Liverpool, is one of the best specimens remaining of the black and white timbered houses."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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