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Bitterley, Shropshire Family History Guide

Bitterley with Middleton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Cleeton, Henley, Hill upon Cot, Upper Ledwich, Hopton, Middleton, Snitton, and Hill upon Cott.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1658

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Bitterley

  • Stanton Lacy
  • Knowbury
  • Caynham
  • Silvington
  • Stoke St Milborough
  • Ludford
  • Hopton Cangeford
  • Farlow
  • Wheathill
  • Coreley

Historical Descriptions

Bitterley

Bitterley Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Bitterley. A parish in the hundreds of Overs and Munslow, a rectory remaining in charge, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Ludlow, and archdeaconry of Salop. 191 houses, 1064 inhabitants. 4 miles north-east of Ludlow. Bitterley Court, situated on a rising ground at the foot of Clee Hill, is the seat of the Rev. J. Walcot. The Titterstone rises on the north-east, and the prospect towards Ludlow is delightfully extended over a fruitful and cultivated tract of country.

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

Cleeton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Cleeton. A township in the parish of Bitterley, and in the hundred of Overs. 6 ½ miles north-east of Ludlow.

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

Middleton

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Middleton. A township in the parish of Bitterley, and in the hundred of Munslow, a chapel to Bitterley, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Ludlow, and archdeaconry of Salop. 2 ½ miles north-east of Ludlow.

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

Snitton Shropshire

Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Snitton, a township in Bitterley parish, Salop; 3 ¼ miles E of Ludlow. Real property, £2,082; of which £40 are in mines. Pop., 564.

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

Parish Registers

Bitterley Parish Registers 1658-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. IV (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Bitterley Parish Registers 1658-1812 - Archive.org

Poll Books

Bitterley Shropshire Poll Book 1865

Below are the names of those that voted in the election of July 1865 between Col. The Hon. P. E. Herbert, Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., and R. Jasper More, Esq.

Poll Book of the Election, July 1865 for the Southern Division of Shropshire.

Ludlow Polling District

Bitterley, Parish of

2250 Adney William

2251 Bate Samuel, see 2308

2252 Beddoes William

2253 Butcher Thomas

2254 Beddoes John

2255 Bird William

2256 Edwards Price

2257 Froggatt James, see 2492

2258 Froggatt John

2259 Green Richard

2260 Gardener George

2261 Gardener Thomas

2262 George James

2263 George George

2264 Gilbert Boon Samuel

2265 Hughes William

2266 James Benigh John

2267 Lello Thomas

2268 Patrick Smith William, see 4164

2269 Pardoe Arthur, see 2686

2270 Penny Thomas

2271 Reynolds Samuel

2272 Reynolds George Henry

2273 Small William

2274 Small Richard, see 2328

2275 Swift George

2276 Swift Joseph

2277 Timmins Joseph

2278 Tonks Richard

2279 Vaughan Thomas

2280 Walcot Charles

2281 Whealey John

2282 Woodward Thomas, see 1565

Directories

Bitterley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Bitterley is a parish and village, 4 miles east from Ludlow station, in the Southern division of the county, Overs hundred, Ludlow union, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Mary is a substantial building.  The living is a rectory, yearly value £740, with residence, in the gift of, and held by the Rev. Charles Walcot, M.A.  There is an endowed Free Grammar school, with a yearly income of £40.  At Middleton is a chapel of ease.  There are small charities of about £15 yearly value.  Sir Charles Henry Rouse Broughton, Bart., (who is lord of the manor), the trustees of the late Hon. R. W. Clive, John Knight, Esq., of Henley Hall, and the Rev. C. Walcot, are principal landowners.  The soil is mostly strong and fertile; subsoil, stone, clay, and sand.  The area is 6,592 acres, and the population in 1861 was 972; gross estimated rental, £7,818; rateable value, £6,576.

CLEETON is a township.

LEDWICH, in the priory of Wenlock, was formerly a Roman settlement. Sir Charles Henry Rouse Broughton, Bart., is lord of the manor.

MIDDLETON is a township and manor.  Sir Charles Henry Rouse Broughton, Bart., is lord of the manor.

SNITTON is a township.  The trustees of the late Hon. Robert W. Clive are lords of the manor.

HENLEY is a township, partly in Bitterley parish.  John Knight, Esq., of Henley Hall, is lord of the manor.

Letters arrive from Ludlow at 7-30 a.m.; dispatched at 4 45 p.m.

Crump Rev. Thomas

Knight John, esq. Henley hall

Monck George, esq. Millcroft

Walcot Rev. Charles, M.A., Bitterley court

Adney Wm. farmer, Ledwich, Middleton

Bate Jonathan, farmer, Bedlam

Beddoes John, farmer, Furlongs

Beddoes William, farmer, Warshill

Berrington Charles, farmer & mason

Bowles Charles John, farmer, Crow Leasow, Middleton

Butcher Thomas, farmer, Snitton

Cadwallader Morris, farmer, Cleeton

Chamberlin John, carpenter, Middleton

Cheese Francis, farmer, Middleton

Crow John, blacksmith, Clee hill

Cupper John, shopkeeper

Dodson James, farmer, Bedlam

Edwards Price, farmer, Parkhall

Freeman Thomas, miller, Bitterley mill

Froggatt John, farmer, Hill-upon-Cott

George James, farmer, Bedlam

George William, farmer, Bedlam

Gittins Joseph, miller, Henley mill

Green James Hughes, grammar school

Hardwick Henry, shopkeeper

Hardwick Jas. wheelwright, Middleton

Hammond Thomas, tailor, Middleton

Howell Jeremiah, Angel Inn, Snitton

Hughes William, farmer, Asbach

Humphreys Ann, Round Thorne Inn, Middleton

Lello Thomas, farmer, Snitton

Martin Benjamin, farmer, Kite’s nest

Meyrick Samuel, blacksmith, Middleton

Monnington Richard, farmer, Henley

Nash James, shoe maker

Nash John, carpenter, Stoney lane, Snitton

Nash William, farmer, Snitton

Nash William, carpenter & farmer

Nott William, shoe maker

Patrick Wm. farmer, Middleton Court

Reynolds Henry, farmer, Snitton

Small Caleb, farmer, Meesons, Middleton

Small Richard, farmer, Squirrell farm

Swift Geo. farmer, The Hills, Middleton

Swift Joseph, farmer, Brook house, Middleton

Timmins Joseph, farmer, Middleton

Tomkins William, shoe maker

Tunks Richard, farmer, Bedlam farm

Unitt Andrew, blacksmith

Vaughan Thomas, farmer, Stoney lane, Snitton

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871

Administration

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