Stretton-Church, a parish and market-town in the hund. of Munslow, union of Church-Stretton, county of Salop; 13 miles south-south west of Shrewsbury, and 14 north-north-west of Ludlow. The parish contains the townships of All-Stretton, Little Stretton, and Minton. Acres 11,790. Houses 275. A.P. £5,370. Pop., In 1801, 924; in 1831, 1,302. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £15 10s.; gross income £600. Patron, in 1841, the Rev. R. N. Pemberton. The church is a handsome cruciform structure. Here are 2 infant and 3 daily schools: one of the latter — the Free school — is partly supported by funds accruing from bequest, and partly by payments from the children. There is also a Sunday school, taught gratuitously. Other charities, in 1830, about £40 per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £295 10s. A workhouse has been erected here, for the union of Church-Stretton, by the poor-law commissioners, capable of accommodating 80 persons. The Church-Stretton poor-law union comprehends 14 parishes, embracing an area of 61 square miles; with a population returned, in 1831, at 5,730. The average annual expenditure on the poor of this district, during the three years preceding the formation of the union, was £2,296. Expenditure, in 1838, £1,648; in 1840, £2,148 4s.
The town is romantically situated in a valley enclosed by lofty mountains. It consists principally of one street, and possessed, until lately, a curious market-place and town-house of the Elizabethan age. A small woollen manufactory has been established, and some business is done in malt; but the inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agricultural pursuits. Large flocks of sheep are pastured on the neighbouring hills. Thursday is market-day; and fairs are held on Tuesday before Shrewsbury March fair, May 14th, July 3d, (wool,) September 25th, and the last Thursday in November. The air of this picturesque spot is remarkably salubrious; and there are several excellent trout-streams. On the summit of Caer Caradoc is an ancient encampment defended by steep ascents, and strengthened by double and triple intrenchments. It was one of the military stations of Caractacus, and supposed, at one time, to be the place where that chief fought his last battle. On the western side of the town are the Longmynd-hills, which command an admirable panoramic view of a wide extent of country.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.
Church Stretton. A market town in the upper division of the hundred of Munslow, a vicarage, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Wenlock, and archdeaconry of Salop. 248 houses, 1,226 inhabitants. 13 miles south south-west of Shrewsbury. Fairs May 14, and September 25. Market on Thursday. Lat. 52. 34. N. Long. 2.54. W.
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