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Coordinates: 52°40′47″N 2°40′48″W / 52.6796°N 2.6799°W / 52.6796; -2.6799

Atcham is located in Shropshire

 Atcham shown within Shropshire
Population 249 (2001)[1]
OS grid reference SJ542092
Parish Atcham
Unitary authority Shropshire
Ceremonial county Shropshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY5
Dialling code 01743
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Shrewsbury and Atcham
List of places: UK • England • Shropshire

Atcham is a village, ecclesiastical parish and civil parish in Shropshire, England. It is situated on the B4380 (the old A5), 5 miles south east of Shrewsbury. The River Severn flows around the village. To the south is the village of Cross Houses, and to the northwest the hamlet of Emstrey.


Local governance

It was once part of, and gave its name to, Atcham Rural District, before that district merged with the Borough of Shrewsbury in 1974, and the village came under the control of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council. From 2009, Shrewsbury & Atcham was merged with the other districts of non-metropolitan Shropshire to form Shropshire Council. The Parliamentary constituency which covers the borough remains as Shrewsbury and Atcham.


The only church in England to be dedicated to Saint Eata can be found in the village. Just why St Eata should have this one church bearing his name so far away from the area of his ministry is something of a mystery. There is no written record suggesting that he ever came so far south. There is, however, a crop photograph from the 1970s of a field in Attingham Park showing the ground-plan of a Saxon palace identical to one excavated near Hexham. Did a noble's daughter from Hexham move to Atcham to be married, bringing with her architect's plans and the memory of a favourite saint? 'Atcham' is a contraction of 'Attingham' which means 'the home of Eata's children.' The church dates back to the 11th century.

Ordericus Vitalis, the historian, was born in the village in 1075.

The local airfield RAF Atcham (now returned to agriculture and light industry) was home to an American training unit for much of World War II. They used P-47 Thunderbolts and, later, P-38 Lightnings for operational training for new fighter pilots posted in from the USA. Almost 50 pilots were lost in accidents flying from here.

The A5 London-Holyhead road once ran through the village, but now runs to the north on a new dual-carriageway.


Famous landmarks of Atcham include Attingham Park, the seat of the Barons Berwick until that title became extinct in 1953. The hall at Attingham Park is now the regional headquarters of the National Trust and also on the estate is the Shropshire office of Natural England.

There are two bridges at Atcham, the older one, built in 1774, is commonly known as Atcham Bridge, while the new one, which was opened in 1929, carries the Old A5 (B4380) road over the River Severn.[2]

Nearby is the village of Wroxeter, formerly a Roman city, and the site of one of Shropshire's commercial vineyards.

There is a public house in the village called the Mytton and Mermaid but the school, Post Office and petrol station have all closed. The former garage remains as a small car sales and vehicle repair business.

Nearby is Atcham Business Park/Industrial Estate, on the site of the old airfield of RAF Atcham. Despite its name, it is in fact in the neighbouring civil parish of Wroxeter and Uppington[1], although, since the Diocese of Lichfield made some parish boundary changes, it is now in the ecclesiastical parish of Atcham.

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