Boscobel, Shropshire Family History Guide

Boscobel is an extra-parochial place

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Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOSCOBEL, an extra-parochial tract in Shiffnall district, Salop; on the verge of the county, in Brewood forest, 6 miles E by N of Shiffnall. Acres, 600. Pop., 22. Houses, 3. Boscobel House, then a seat of the Giffords, was the hiding-place of Charles II., on 3 Sept., 1651, after the battle of Worcester. The edifice was of timber, and is much altered; but still retains some of its original features, together with reminiscences of the king’s retreat; and is shown to strangers. An oak tree near it is said to be a scion of the oak in which the king sat concealed while his pursuers passed round and under it.

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

Boscobel Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Boscobel. An extra-parochial place, in the Hales Owen division of the hundred of Brimstry, containing 5 houses, and 30 inhabitants, about 6 miles east of Shiffnall, remarkable in history, as the place in which king Charles the second concealed himself from his pursuers, after unfortunate battle of Worcester. Boscobel house is now the property of Thomas Evans, Esq.

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.


Boscobel Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

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  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Shifnal
  • Probate Court: Search surrounding parishes
  • Diocese: Not Applicable
  • Rural Deanery: Not Applicable
  • Poor Law Union: Shifnal
  • Hundred: Brimstree
  • Province: Canterbury

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