Church Preen is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.
Parish church: St John the Baptist
Parish registers begin: 1680
PREEN (CHURCH), a parish in the hundred of Condover, county of Salop, 6¼ miles (W. by S.) from Much Wenlock, containing 73 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, with that of Longnor, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of W. Webster, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Here was a small Cluniac priory, a cell to that of Wenlock.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831
Preen or Church Preen. A parish in the Cound division of the hundred of Condover, a curacy not in charge, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Wenlock, and archdeaconry of Salop. 13 houses, 73 inhabitants. 5 miles south-west of Wenlock. The seat of John Windsor, Esq.; a very elegant residence. In the reign of Edward I. there was a religious cell in the village, which cell was held of the lords of the castle of Holdgate; and the priors of Wenlock used to present the same when vacant, to the keepers of the said castle, who had no other right to the cell than the mere possession, till such presentations were made. At that time, the ancestors of John Cressett Pelham, Esq., (one of the present members for the county of Salop,) were successively Lords of the Manor and Castle of Holdgate.
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
Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. XVI (1915)
Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society
General editor; W. G. D. Fletcher
Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register SocietyChurch Preen Parish Registers 1680-1812 - Archive.org