Alberbury with Cardeston
Alberbury with Cardeston Parish
The Parish is bounded by the Welsh border to the west, the river Severn to the north, and the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth railway line to the south. The eastern border with Ford Parish runs primarily along minor roads, tracks and rights of way. There are 5 main centres of population, Alberbury, Cardeston, Rowton, Wattlesborough/Halfway House and Wollaston. The ground rises from east to west, reaching above 300 metres on the Bulthy Hill, just within the western boundary. The predominant activity within the Parish is agriculture.
Alberbury is situated on the B4393, approximately 16 kms (10 miles) west of Shrewsbury. Most of the village is within a designated Conservation Area, with the church being the main focal point. The social life of the village is centred around the comparatively new village hall, with a very active Women's Institute, Young Farmers Club and Garden Club meeting regularly. Unfortunately both school and shop have long been closed. Loton Park covering about 350 acres is a significant area of traditional parkland; Loton Hall (Grade II Listed) owned by Sir Michael Leighton; in recent years the park has become one of the foremost hill climb venues on the motor sport circuit.
Cardeston is a small settlement situated approximately 11 kms (7 miles) west of Shrewsbury, immediately off the main A458. Other than the church, the village has no facilities.
Wattlesborough Heath is located on the A458 approximately one km (half a mile) to the east of Halfway House. It has few services or community facilities, with the local school having closed, but has a small supermarket and a fish restaurant opposite the recently extended village hall.
Wollaston is a small hamlet of about 10 houses and a church in the west of the parish. It was a civil parish in its’ own right covering a large area and few people, so was split between Alberbury with Cardeston and Westbury parishes. You can climb Middletown hill, part in the parish part in Wales, to get a wonderful view of the parish and surrounding area. Wollaston’s main claim to fame is as the dwelling place, at Winnington now part of Westbury parish, of a very, very old man, Thomas Parr, said to be 156 years old when he died in early 1600s and was buried in Westminster Abbey. There is a plaque in Wollaston church to commemorate him.
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