Formally known as Attingham, Atcham is a small village on the banks of the river Severn about four miles from Shrewsbury. Attingham or Ettingham is said to mean “the home of the children of Eata”, and St Eata, or one of his followers, presumably preached here. St Eata went on to become Abbot of Lindisfarne in 664, he died in 686.

In the Domesday book (1086), the parish consisted of the manors of Atcham, Berwick, Maviston, and Uckington (including Duncott), all on the north side of the river, and Emstrey (including Cronkhill, Chilton and Hernesse on the south side, all part of the diocese of Lichfield.

The church of St Eata stands on the bank of the river Severn close by a beautiful seven arch bridge. Earliest reference to the church at Atcham comes in the Ecclesiastical History of Ordericus Vitalis who states that he was baptized there in 1075.

Parts of the present church suggest they are of Norman work from the 12th century. Some of the larger stones may even have come from Viroconium (Roman Wroxeter) which is not to far away.

Both Francis and Anne are buried here. My gtgtgtgt grandfather James was baptized here in 1716, as were his brothers and sister. Their mother Anne Lloyd was buried here in 1729. Francis then remarried in 1730 to Mary Vickers and their daughter Mary was baptized here in 1731. Francis was buried here in 1757.