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Hope Bowdler is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Ragdon, Chelmick, and Chelmich.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1564
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1638

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Hope Bowdler

Historical Descriptions

Hope Bowdler

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOPE-BOWDLER, a parish in Church-Stretton district, Salop; 2 miles E by S of Church-Stretton town and r. station. It includes the townships of Chelmick and Ragdon; and its post town is Church-Stretton, Shropshire. Acres, 1,731. Real property, £1,563. Pop., 178. Houses, 28. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £228. Patrons, Trustees. The church is ancient, and has a low tower.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Hope Bowdler. A parish in the upper division of the hundred of Munslow, a rectory, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Clun, and archdeaconry of Salop. 28 houses, 179 inhabitants. 1 ½ mile south-east of Church Stretton.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Chelmick

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

CHELMICK, a township in Hope-Bowdler parish, Salop; 2 miles SE of Church-Stretton. Pop., 49.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Chelmick. A township in the parish of Hope Bowdler, and in the upper division of the hundred of Munslow. 2 miles south-east of Church Stretton.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Ragdon

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Ragdon. A township in the parish of Hope Bowdler, and in the upper division of the hundred of Munslow. 1 ½ mile south of Church Stretton.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records

Poll Books

Poll Book 1865, Hope Bowdler Shropshire

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Church Stretton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Church Stretton
  • Hundred: Munslow
  • Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Fordritishope: History of a Shropshire Parish: Hope Bowdler, Ragdon and Chelmick by Alan Dakers

Millennial Review: Hope Bowdler and Eaton-under-Heywood by Alan Dakers