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"SMETHCOTT, a parish in the hundred of Condover, county Salop, 4 miles N. of Church-Stretton, its post town, and 8½ S.W. of Shrewsbury. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. The parish includes the hamlets of Betchcott, Picklescott, and Walk Mills. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £276, in the patronage of the trustees of Hulme's Charity. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. The parochial charities produce about £19 per annum, of which £4 go to a school."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015

  • " BETCHCOTT, a township in the parish of Smethcott, hundred of Condover, in the county of Salop, 4 miles from Church Stretton."
  • " PICKLESCOTT, a township in the parish of Smethcott, county Salop, 4 miles N.W. of Church-Stretton."
  • " WALK-MILLS, a hamlet in the parish of Smethcott, county Salop, 3 miles N. of Church Stretton."

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St Michael and All Angels Single-aisled church largely rebuilt in the 19thc by J P Harrison. Blocked 12thc N doorway in the nave. Small plain Norman window in the N wall of the chancel. 12thc Priest's Doorway. 12thc font at the W end of the nave. There are fragments of sculpture immured in the exterior of the nave and the chancel. The medieval church belonged to a castle, and the remains of a motte and a bailey castle survive to the W of the church. The castle ceased to be a residence of the lords of the manor after c. 1272 when it passed to the Burnell family of Acton Burnell. In 1315 no manorial buildings remained. Excavations carried out in the grounds of the castle in the 1950s produced 13thc pottery. Church records contain a reference to Roger Clericus who was resident in Smethcott in 1262. The church was rebuilt in 1850.