Blore Ray, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Blore Ray St Bartholomew Church
Blore Ray St Bartholomew Church Complete with burning bush! This grade 1 listed church dates from the early 12th Century. It remains unchanged since this time, although it underwent some repairs in 1840. The buildings to the right of the church, belong to Bore Hall, once the home of the Bassett family. Attribution: Nikki Mahadevan / Blore Ray St Bartholomew Church / CC BY-SA 2.0

Blore Ray is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire. Calton is a chapelry of Blore Ray.

The ecclesiastical parish is Blore Ray with Okeover and the civil parish is Blore-with-Swinscoe, both with slightly different boundaries

Alternative names: Blore

Other places in the parish include: Blore with Swinscoe and Swainscoe with Blore.

Parish church: St Bartholomew

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Blore Ray

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLORE, a township and a parish in the district of Ashborne and county of Stafford. The township bears the name of Blore-with-Swinscoe, and lies on the river Dove, 4 miles NW of Ashborne r. station. Acres, 1,250. Real property, £2,523. Pop., 248. Houses, 54. The parish includes also the township of Calton-in-Blore, and is sometimes called Blore-Ray. Post Town, Ashborne. Acres, 3,730. Real property, £3,443. Pop., 320. Houses, 71. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £130. Patron, O. Shore, Esq. The church is old but good, and contains some curious monuments of the Bassets. Charities, £17.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Swainscoe with Blore

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Swainscoe, with Blore, a township, in the parish of Blore, N. division of the hundred of Totmonslow and of the county of Stafford, 4 miles (WNW) from Ashbourn; containing 273 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

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  • County: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Ashbourne
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Alstonfield
  • Poor Law Union: Ashbourne
  • Hundred: North Totmonslow
  • Province: Canterbury