Ditton Priors Shropshire Family History Guide

Ditton Priors is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Middleton Priors and Ashfield with Ruthall.

Alternative Names: Priors Ditton

Church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1673

Nonconformists in Ditton Priors include: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ditton Priors

  • Cleobury North
  • Diddlebury
  • Holdgate
  • Monkhopton
  • Neenton
  • Chetton
  • Stanton Long
  • Upton Cressett
Photo of St. John the Baptist, Ditton Priors
Photo of St. John the Baptist, Ditton Priors. by Geoff Pick, some rights reserved.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DITTON-PRIORS, a parish in Bridgnorth district, Salop; under the Clee Hills, 8½ miles SW by W of Bridgnorth r. station. It includes the townships of Middleton-Priors and Ashfield-with-Ruthall; and has a post office under Bridgnorth. Acres, 5, 530. Real property, £3, 892. Pop., 613. Houses, 130. The property is divided among a few. The manor bore anciently the name of Dointun, and belonged to Wenlock abbey. Lime is worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £325. Patron, P. H. Howard, Esq. The church is ancient; has a tower and wooden spire; and contains an ancient font and some old monuments. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Ditton Priors or Priors Ditton. A parish partly in the franchise of Wenlock. And partly in the hundred of Munslow, a vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 685 inhabitants. 7 miles south of Much Wenlock.

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 Registers

The Register of Ditton Priors Wesleyan Chapel 1801-1834

Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William

Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

The Register of Ditton Priors Wesleyan Chapel 1801-1834


Ditton Priors (with Middleton Priors and Ruthall) – Casey’s Directory of Shropshire 1871

The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Ditton Priors The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672


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

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