Strethall is small, very small! In one way or another, it is arguably England’s smallest civil parish.
For almost a thousand years, the boundaries have remained unchanged and the parish has been a single manor with an unexpectedly rich and diverse history.
A manor is an identifiable unit which readily becomes a pawn in the machinations of the rich and powerful. Strethall is no exception, having been usurped, restored, confiscated, fought over, granted for services rendered, seized in lieu of a bad debt, mortgaged and given in dower over the past ten centuries. It was not, however, until 1983 that a District Council Sub-Committee threatened to abolish it completely.
Democracy triumphed, Strethall remains independent and this account records the remarkable way in which so much of the history of this island is reflected in that of one of its smallest parts.