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Mainstone Primitive Methodist chapel
Grid reference: SO274875
Location: 52°28’52"N, 3°4’5"W
Post town: Bishop's Castle
Postcode: SY9
Dialling code: 01588
Local Government
Council: Shropshire

Mainstone is a small village and parish in south-west Shropshire, adjacent to the border with Montgomeryshire. The ancient parish consists of four townships, one of which (Castlewright) lies in Montgomeryshire. The village lies approximately a mile north-west of the small village of Cefn Einion. The market town of Bishop's Castle lies some three miles to the east, while the small town of Clun is about five miles away to the south.

It lies in the Clun Forest, a large remote and very rural area which is semi-forested and rather hilly.

The Church of England parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, lies in the hamlet of Churchtown (alternatively written as "Church Town") a mile west of Mainstone, though the village itself contains a Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1892 and still in use in the mid-2000s.[1]

The River Unk originates in and then flows through the parish. Offa's Dyke also cuts north-south through the area, bisecting the hamlet of Churchtown. The long-distance footpaths "Shropshire Way" and "Offa's Dyke Path" pass through the area and join just outside Churchtown.

Mainstone lies at around the 850 ft above sea level mark. The surrounding hills all peak at roughly 1,300-1,400 ft.


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  1. Mainstone, Shropshire's Nonconformist Chapels
The parish church at Churchtown
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