About Childs Ercall
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At the centre of the village is the village green and at the west end is the beautiful old sandstone church of St Michael and All Angels.
Records show that the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 and there are many old houses in the village, including Childs Ercall Hall.
Childs Ercall has a village hall, known as the Jubilee Hall as it was first built to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The hall is available for private hire and is well used by various groups and classes. Adjoining the hall is the large playing field with a football pitch and a separate well-maintained children's play area.
Childs Ercall also has its own licensed club, with adjacent Bowling Green. The club is part of the village's history and was originally established as a working men's club for farm workers. Nowadays it is open to all and provides a welcoming atmosphere with a bar and function room.
Neighbouring villages include Hinstock, Cheswardine, Tibberton and Stoke on Tern, which provide various services including village shops and primary schools.
So why the mermaid and the elephant...
The elephant is the badge of the Clive family, who at one time owned much of the land in the area. As for the mermaid: well, according to the Shropshire History website two men were going to work one morning and, as they passed the pool at Child’s Ercall, they saw a mermaid in the water. They were very frightened but the mermaid spoke to them and her voice was so sweet and pleasant that they fell in love with her. She told them that there was a treasure hidden at the bottom of the pond and she would give them as much as they liked if they would come to her in the water and take it out of her hands. So they went in, although it was almost up to their chins, and she dived into the water and brought up a lump of gold almost as big as a man s head. As the men were just going to take it, one of them swore and said “If this isn't a bit of luck”. At once, the mermaid gave a scream and dived down into the pond. They never saw her or the gold again.