Albrighton, Shrewsbury

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Albrighton
Shropshire
Albrighton Church - geograph.org.uk - 46390.jpg
Albrighton Church
Location
Grid reference: SJ496181
Location: 52°45’32"N, 2°44’53"W
Data
Population: 273  (est.)
Postcode: SY4
Local Government
Council: Shropshire
Parliamentary
constituency:
Shrewsbury and Atcham

Albrighton is a small village in Shropshire, roughly four miles northwest of the county town, Shrewsbury, on the A528 Shrewsbury to Ellesmere road.

The village is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, as Etbritone ("Eadbeorht’s village"). Albright Hussey was once part of the same manor, and indeed shared the same name originally.

Parish church

The parish church is St John the Baptist. It is a stone building in the early Norman style.[1]

The church is not as old as the style suggest though: St John The Baptist was built in 1840 and opened for the first time a year later. 2012}}</ref> It is described by John Marius Wilson, the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales as "a very good church."[2]

History

Until 1886, Albrighton was traditionally a chapelry in the parish of Shrewsbury St Mary, because of the close proximity, along with other small local villages Wollascott and Leaton.[3] As well as being in the hundreds of Pimhill,[4] Albrighton used to be its own parish which, over time, would vary in size as administrative fashion came and went.

Albrighton’s earliest population figures date back to the late 19th century, when in 1881 the population stood at 102. After turn of the century the population began to decline, with figures reaching as little as 77 in 1931. However, after this there was a sharp increase in the population with the 1961 census showing 248.[5] This is supported by the number of houses being built after 1930, with the increase being more than threefold.[6] One reason for this might be because the first council houses were built in Shrewsbury in between the wars, as part of the 1930s slum clearance.[7]

About the village

  • The Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa on the edge of the village is a 300-year-old mansion, with a spectacular ornamental lake.[8]
  • Albright Hussey Manor is a mile from Albrighton at Albright Hussey. With 26 modern hotel rooms, it is the highest four star ranked hotel in Shropshire.[9]

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