Wollaston, Shropshire

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St John the Baptist, Wollaston
Grid reference: SJ329122
Location: 52°42’14"N, 2°59’39"W
Local Government
Council: Shropshire

Wollaston is a tiny village in Shropshire, only a quarter of a mile from the Montgomeryshire boundary, standing just north of the A458 Shrewsbury to Welshpool road.

The village shares a civil parish with its neighbouring villages, Alberbury, Cardeston and Westbury, although it held its own until 2005.

It is believed that Old Tom Parr was born in, or near, to the village. Old Tom was reputedly born in 1483 and died on 14 November 1635, after a life of 152 years. A portrait of Parr hangs at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription which reads:

“Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months The old old very old man or Thos Parr son of John Parr of Winington in the Parish of Alberbury who was borne in the year 1483 in Rayne of King Edward IV being 152 yeares old in ye yeare 1635”

There is a beacon here, by the church. Immediately west of the church are the earthwork remains of Wollaston Castle, a motte-and-bailey castle.

Half a mile south-east near Bretchel is the site of a small Norman motte castle known as The Beacon.

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