Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth Shropshire Family History

Bridgnorth comprises the parishes of:

  • Bridgnorth St Leonard
  • Bridgnorth St Mary Magdalen

Historical Descriptions

Morfe Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Morfe. In the liberties of Bridgnorth. ½ mile east of Bridgnorth.

Morfe, was, in Leland’s time, ‘a hilly ground, well wooded; a forest or chase, having deer.’ It has not at present a single tree. It had its forester and steward from the time of Edward the first to Elizabeth. In it King Athelstan’s brother was said to have led an hermit’s life in a rock. The place is still called the Hermitage, and is a cave in the rock. On Morfe are five tumuli in quincunx. In the middlemost, at about nine yards over in the depth of one foot to the solid rock, was found only an iron shell of the size of a small egg and supposed to be the boss of a sword, and, in a hollow in the gravel, some of the larger vertebrae and other human bones, as in the other tumuli.

A few miles northward from hence stood the very ancient mansion of one of the oldest families in England, the Gatacres of Gatacre; (See Gatacre;) the walls of which were remarkable on account of their being built of a dark grey freestone coated with a thin, greenish, vitrified substance, about the thickness of a crown-piece, without the appearance of any joint or cement to unite the several parts of the building, so that it seemed one entire piece; a most effectual preservative against bad weather. The hall was nearly an exact square, singularly constructed. At each corner and in the middle of each side, and in the centre, were immense oak trees hewed nearly square, and without branches, set with their heads on large stones, laid about a foot deep in the ground, and with their roots uppermost, which roots, with a few rafters, formed a complete arched roof. The floor was of oak boards three inches thick, not sawed but plainly chipped. The whole is now pulled down, and a new house built at a little distance.

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

Bridgnorth St Leonard, Shropshire

Bridgnorth St Leonard is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church: St Leonard

Parish registers begin: 1556

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Bridgnorth St Leonard

  • Astley Abbots
  • Bridgnorth St Mary Magdalen
  • Tasley
  • Oldbury

Poll Books

Bridgnorth St. Leonard Poll Book 1865

Bridgnorth St Mary Magdalen

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1610

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Irvingite/Catholic Apostolic Church, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Bridgnorth St Mary Magdalen

  • Bridgnorth St Leonard
  • Astley Abbots
  • Oldbury
  • Worfield
  • Quatford

Poll Books

Poll Book 1865 Bridgnorth St. Mary Magdalene

Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel

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

(I) A thin vellum-bound volume, 8 in. tall, 6 ½ in. broad; 1765-1798. In the General Register Office, Somerset House, W.C., being No. 2 Shropshire Non-Parochial Registers.

(2) A volume in leather back and marble paper sides, 16 in. tall, 10 in. broad. Transcript of Baptismal entries from No. I down to 28 January 1798, thence on are original entries to end in 1837. Same place and number.

On p.1. is within in faded red ink :-

The Church Book Belonging To the Dissenting Congregation Bridgenorth October 10th 1767.

On the back of p. 1 :-

Isaac Maurice (b. 22 April 1765); Monday, bap. 29 May 1765 by Rev. Mr. Andrews, of Bridgnorth.

Mary Maurice was baptized by her father October 22, 1769.

William Maurice was born 16 June 1772, and baptized 31 July 1772, by Rev. Mr. Boult, Wrexham, Denbighshire.

The Register Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel 1765 to 1812 - Archive.org

Transcriptions

The State of the Society at Bridgnorth 1767
Members of Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel
Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel Nonconformist Registers 1802 to 1812
Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel Nonconformist Registers 1769 to 1779
Bridgnorth Stoneway Chapel Nonconformist Registers 1768 to 1798

Bridgnorth Castle Street Baptist Chapel

The Register of Bridgnorth Castle Street Baptist Chapel 1779-1836

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 Bridgnorth Castle Street Baptist Chapel 1779-1836 - Archive.org

Directories

Bridgnorth Principal Inhabitants Universal British Directory 1791

London Gazette

Frederic Southwell - Bridgnorth Shropshire - London Gazette April 1850

In the Matter of the Petition of Frederic Southwell, of Bridgnorth, in the county of Salop, an Insolvent Debtor. NOTICE is hereby given, that the County Court of Shropshire, at Bridgnorth, acting in the matter of this Petition, will proceed to make a Final Order thereon, at the said Court, on the 9th day of May next, at ten of the clock in the forenoon precisely, unless cause be then and there shewn to the contrary.

Administration

  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Bridgnorth
  • Probate Court: Court of the Royal Peculiar of Bridgnorth
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Bridgnorth
  • Poor Law Union: Bridgnorth
  • Hundred: Bridgnorth Borough
  • Province: Canterbury