West Felton

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West Felton
St Michael's Church, West Felton
West Felton is located in Shropshire
West Felton
West Felton
 West Felton shown within Shropshire
Population 1,475 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ345256
Civil parish West Felton
Unitary authority Shropshire
Ceremonial county Shropshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OSWESTRY
Postcode district SY11
Dialling code 01691
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament North Shropshire
List of places

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West Felton is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. At the 2001 census the parish, which also includes the settlements of Rednal, Grimpo and Haughton, had a population of 1,380,[1] increasing to 1,475 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The village originally grew around a Norman castle, whose motte lies next to the church. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Feltone, and as "Felton by le Knokyn" in 1303.[3] The name Felton probably represents a combination of Old English feld, "open land", and tun, "settlement".[3]

The old ecclesiastical parish of West Felton contained the townships of West Felton, Sutton, Rednall, Haughton, Teddesmere, Woolston (now in Oswestry Rural), Sandford and Twyford. The modern civil parish has similar, though not identical, boundaries. The parish church, which has a 12th-century nave,[4] is dedicated to St Michael, and has a chapel of ease at Haughton.

Notable people

The ornithologist and poet John Freeman Milward Dovaston was born in Twyford.[5]

Benjamin Hall Kennedy was Rector of West Felton from 1866 to 1868.[6]

Boer War soldier General Sir Walter Congreve VC had his home at West Felton Grange from 1903 to 1924. His son William was killed in the First World War and (posthumously) received the Victoria Cross, too. Their military service is recorded in one of the Rolls of Honour books at St Michael's Church. The former gave land to the Church of England for the erection of a community facility called the Haslehurst Institute.[7]

Boris Johnson married at St. Michael's Church to Allegra Mostyn-Owen on 5 September 1987, with their wedding reception held at her nearby family country home of Woodhouse.[8] [9]


  1. West Felton CP, Office for National Statistics
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gelling, M. The Place-names of Shropshire: Vol I, the Major Names of Shropshire, English Place-Name Society, 1990, p.307
  4. Pevsner and Newman, Shropshire, Buildings of England Series, p.682
  5. "Dovaston, John Freeman Milward (1782–1854), naturalist and poet". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7946.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  7. Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. pp. 166–168. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Gimson, Andrew (2012). Boris: The Rise of Boris Johnson. Simon & Schuster. pp. 85–86.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Purnell, Sonia (2011). Just Boris: Boris Johnson - The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity. Aurora Press, London. pp. 92–94. ISBN 1-84513-665-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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