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Bucknell, Shropshire Family History Guide

Bucknell is an Ancient Parish mostly in Shropshire and partly in Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Buckton with Coxall, Heath and Jay.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1598

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Bucknell

  • Stowe
  • Bedstone
  • Bucknell and Buckton
  • Clun with Chapel Lawn
  • Hopton Castle
  • Brampton Bryan
  • Stanage

Historical Descriptions


Bucknell Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Bucknell. A parish in the Stow division of the hundred of Purslow, a chapelry in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Clun, and archdeaconry of Salop. This parish is partly in Wigmore hundred, county of Hereford. The entire parish contains 465 inhabitants. The Shropshire part contains 57 houses, 331 inhabitants. 9 ¼ miles south-east by south of Bishopscastle.

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.


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Buckton. A township in the parish of Bucknell, and in the Stow division of the hundred of Purslow. 10 ½ miles south-east of Bishopscastle.

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

Poll Books

Bucknell 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.

Clun Polling District

**Bucknell, Parish **

1828 Bevan Francis

1829 Coope Joseph Richard

1830 Crowe Richard

1831 Dyke Benjamin

1832 Davies James

1833 Davies Richard

1834 Edwards Francis

1835 Edwards Thomas

1836 Edwards Thomas

1837 Evans George

1838 Gittins Henry

1839 Gittins Thomas

1840 Jones Thomas

1841 Lellow Edward, dead

1842 Lord John

1843 Matthews Philip Morris, junr.

1844 Matthews Philip Morris, see 1998

1845 Mansell Evans John

1846 Mason John

1847 Morris Richard

1848 Prosser John

1849 Preece John

1850 Preece John

1851 Probert John, sen,

1852 Probert John, jun.

1853 Rogers Samuel

1854 Sitwell Hurt Willoughby, see 2125

1855 Smith William

1856 Stedman Edward, see 2043

1857 Stedman William, see 1858

1858 Stedman William, see 1857

1859 Stedman Richard

1860 Stedman James

1861 Stedman Caleb


Buckton Kellys Herefordshire and Shropshire Directory 1941

Buckton with Coxall is a township, in the parish of Bucknell, Shropshire, in the Leominster division of the county, Wigmore hundred, Leominster and Wigmore rural district, Knighton county court district and petty sessional division, and has a station on the Great Western railway. Buckton consists of a few farms , and Coxall of one farm and several cottage farms, about 1 mile from the parish church and 6 north-east from Knighton station on the Shrewsbury-Builth Road section of the London, Midland and Scottish railway. The church or chapel of ease of St. James, erected in 1877, at a cost of about £100, is an iron structure with a western turret containing one bell: services are occasionally held here, but the inhabitants chiefly attend the churches of Bucknell and Brampton Bryan. John Ralph Henry Harley esq. J.P. is lord of the manor and sole landowner. The soil is loamy; subsoil, sandy. The chief crops are wheat, burley and turnips. The area is 1,300, acres of land and 13 of water; the population in 1931 was 141.

Letters for Buckton and Coxall through Bucknell, Shropshire. Brampton Bryan is the nearest M. O. & T. office.



Marked thus ++ farm 150 acres or over.

Burgoyne Morgan, miller (water). Leintwardine 233

++ Davies Chas. Farmer, Lower Buckton. Leintwardine 232

++ Manford Saml. Christian, farmer, Buckton pk. Leintwardine 209

++ Whiteman Leslie, farmer, White ho. Leintwardine 242



Marked thus ++ farm 150 acres or over.

Hughes Ellen (miss), cowkeeper

Jacks Edwin, cottage farmer

Jarret Harry, cottage farmer

Jones William, cottage farmer

Lewis Albt. Cottage farmer

Page Jn. Cottage farmer

Rogers Roger, cottage farmer

Rogers Thos. cottage farmer

++ Thomas Jn. Farmer, Coxal farm. Bucknell 212

Source: Kelly’s Directory of Herefordshire & Shropshire 1941, published by Kelly’s Directories Ltd 1941. Reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers Kelly’s Directories Ltd and Reed Business Information

Bucknell Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Bucknell is a parish and village, eight miles from Craven Arms station, twelve from Ludlow, and thirty from Shrewsbury, in the Southern division of the county, Clun and Purslow hundred, Knighton union, and diocese of Hereford; it is situated on the Teme river. The church of St. Mary has lately undergone restoration, at a cost of £1, 600. The living is an endowed vicarage, yearly value £400, with residence and 242 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Grocers’ Company, London. There is a school for boys and girls, supported by Mr. Sitwell and the clergyman and voluntary contributions. There is a chapel for Primitive Methodists. The charities are of £21 2s. yearly value. Here is a fine old British camp, supposed by some to be the place of Caractacus’s last stand. William Willoughby H. Sitwell, Esq.. who is lord of the manor, and Lady Langdale, we the principal landowners. The soil is loamy; the subsoil is gravel. The population of the township of Bucknell in 1861 was 622; the area is 2,730 acres; gross estimated rental, £3, 242; rateable value, £2,860. In the parish are two townships, Bucknell and Bucton, the latter being in Herefordshire, and will be found in the Directory of that county.

Letters from Shrewsbury delivered at 7 a.m., dispatched at 8.35 p.m.

Matthews Mrs, Turkey hall

Ruthven The Hon. Mrs. Hore, Glengowrie

Sharpe Rev. Clement Charles, M.A., Rectory

Stedman Mr. Edward

Bailey Thomas, carpenter and builder

Beaumont John, farmer and cattle dealer

Carter Thomas, farmer and miller

Crowe Richard, shoe maker

Davies James, mason

Edwards Thomas, farmer

Gittins Henry, mason

Gittins Richard, shopkeeper

Jones Thomas, farmer, Woodside

Jordan William, wheelwright

Lello Edward, farmer, Mynd

Lewis William, farmer, Cwm

Lord John, farmer, New house

Luggar William, carpenter and shopkeeper

Morris Richard, gardener, Mynd

Powis Richard, tailor

Preece John, miller

Probert John, Sitwell Arms, and farmer

Probert John, butcher and farmer

Rodgers Samuel, boot and shoe maker

Rodgers Thomas, farmer

Sherwood Charles, beer retailer

Smith John and Martha, farmers

Stedman Richard, farmer and maltster, The Hall

Stedman William, farmer, The Farm

Stedman William, landowner and farmer, Bucknell house

Stephens Peter farmer

Williams William, shopkeeper

Winniatt Jones, timber dealer

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


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