Condover

Condover, Shropshire Family History

Condover is a village and wide parish lying south of Shrewsbury. It formerly took in Bayston Hill, where it joined the Shrewsbury parish of St. Julian, and Annscroft and Great Lyth, where it met that of St. Chad, and the township of Dorrington, which was formed into a separate parish in 1845. The parish still extends from the Old Paper Mill near Longnor to the base of the Sharpstones Hill, and from the outskirts of Exford’s Green almost to Cantlop. It takes in the whole of the manor of Condover (which includes Norton, Bomere, Allfield, Wheathall, Ryton, Gonsall, Chatford and Dorrington); Little Lyth and Westley in the manor of Pulverbatch; Bayston (which as part of the ancient possessions of the See of Hereford, is accounted a member of the manor of Bishop’s Castle), and Boreton, which was an independent manor in medieval times. The early parish was of still wider extent. A payment for two “home closes” at Stapleton seems to show that there was once a parochial connection between that village and Condover, as there may have been also with Smethcote. Leebotwood and Longnor were both part of the early parish, and Longnor was regarded as a chapelry of Condover, with right of burial at the mother Church till comparatively modern times. Frodesley also retained the right of burial at Condover till 1782, and the south transept of Condover Church was known as the Frodesley aisle.

Source: Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. VI (1906). Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1570

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Condover

  • Berrington
  • Longnor
  • Bayston Hill
  • Stapleton
  • Dorrington
  • Pitchford
  • Pontesbury
  • Frodesley

Historical Descriptions

Condover Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Condover. A parish in the Condover division of the hundred of Condover, a vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Salop, and archdeaconry of Salop. 274 houses, 1,378 inhabitants. 4 ½ miles south of Shrewsbury.

Condover is the birth place of Thomas Owen, a learned judge, who was educated at Oxford; from whence he removed to Lincoln’s Inn, where he became Lent reader to the society, in 1583. In 1590, he was made Serjeant at Law, and afterwards, a judge of the Common Pleas. He died in 1598. His reports were printed in 1656.

Richard Tarlton, or Tarleton, the earliest English comedian of celebrity, was also born at Condover. At what precise period he commenced actor is unknown. He was brought to London, and introduced to court, by a Servant of Robert, Earl of Leicester, who found him in a field, keeping his father’s swine. The Earl ‘highly pleased’ says Fuller, ‘with his happy unhappy answers,’ took him under his patronage.

In 1583, Queen Elizabeth, at the suit of Sir Francis Walsingham, constituted twelve players, who were sworn her servants, allowing them wages and liveries, as grooms of the chamber, (a custom which lasted till Colley Cibber’s time,) one of whom, was Tarleton.

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.

Condover Hamlets Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Condover Hamlets. A township in the parish of Condover, and in the Condover division of the hundred of Condover.

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

Condover, Poll Book 1865

Parish Registers

Condover Parish Registers 1570-1812

Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. VI (1906)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; W.P.W. Phillimore

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Condover Parish Registers 1570-1812 - Archive.org

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Condover Baptisms

Condover Baptisms 1810 to 1812
Condover Baptisms 1807 to 1809
Condover Baptisms 1804 to 1806
Condover Baptisms 1802 and 1803
Condover Baptisms 1800 and 1801
Condover Baptisms 1797 to 1799
Condover Baptisms 1794 to 1796
Condover Baptisms 1791 to 1793
Condover Baptisms 1788 to 1790
Condover Baptisms 1786 to 1787
Condover Baptisms 1784 to 1785

Condover Marriages

Condover Marriages 1800 to 1812

Condover Burials

Condover Burials 1810 to 1812
Condover Burials 1805 to 1809
Condover Burials 1800 to 1804
Condover Burials 1795 to 1799
Condover Burials 1790 to 1794
Condover Burials 1787 to 1789
Condover Burials 1784 to 1786

Administration

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