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Cardeston, Shropshire Family History

Cardeston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wattlesborough.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1706

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Cardeston

  • Shrawardine
  • Alberbury
  • Kinnerley
  • Ford
  • Westbury
  • Melverley

Historical Descriptions

Cardeston Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Cardeston. A parish in the Ford division of the hundred of Ford, a rectory discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Pontesbury, and archdeaconry of Salop. 65 houses, 297 inhabitants. 6 miles west of Shrewsbury.

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


Cardeston Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

CARDESTON is a parish, 6 miles west from Shrewsbury, and 12 from Welshpool, in the Southern division of the county, Ford division of Ford hundred, Atcham union, and diocese of Hereford, situated on the road from Shrewsbury to Welshpool. The church of St. Michael is a small stone building, re-erected in 1749. The living is a rectory; composition for tithes, £293 (of which £272 go to the rector, and the remainder to Sir Baldwin Leighton, bart.) yearly, with residence, and about 30 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart. At Wattlesborough is an old moated mansion, now a farm house, in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Bebb, erected by one of the Corbet family, from whom it descended by marriage to the Leightons, who continued to reside there till the commencement of the last century. Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The charities are only 10s. yearly. The soil is stiff clay; subsoil, clay and rock. The area is 2,400a. 3r. 1p. and the population in 1861 was 294; gross estimated rental, £3,100; rateable value, £2,913.

WATTLESBOROUGH township is partly in this parish.

Letters through Shrewsbury, arrive by messenger at 5 a.m.; dispatched at 7-30 p.m.

Chichester Rev. J. C. B.L. Rectory

Beddoes Job, tailor and draper, Wattlesborough

Bebb Thomas, farmer, Wattlesborough Castle

Bowdler Charles J. farmer

Bowdler Thomas, farmer, Windmill

Edwards John, farmer, Cardeston park

Eddowes John, tailor, Wattlesborough

Gittins Richard, farmer, Wattlesborough

Jones Whitworth, farmer, Stamford

Lee John, farmer

Llewellyn William, farmer, Ivy end

Perry Thomas, carpenter, Wattlesboro’

Phillips Edw. stone mason, Wattlesboro’

Phillips Geo. carpenter, Wattlesborough

Pugh John, farmer, Bretchel

Rogers Samuel, shopkeeper, Wattlesborough

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

Parish Registers

Cardeston Parish Registers 1663-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. V (1909)

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

Cardeston Parish Registers 1663-1812 -


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