Dowles is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.
Parish church: St. Andrew
Parish registers begin: 1572
Dowles church was demolished in 1956
Dowles, a parish in the district of Kidderminster and county of Salop; on the river Severn, and on the Severn Valley railway, at the boundary with Worcester, 1¼ mile NNW of Bewdley. Post town, Bewdley. Acres, 679. Rated property, £1, 130. Pop., 98. Houses, 18. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £159. Patrons, J. Taylor and others. The church is good.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
Dowles, a parish in Stottesden hund., union of Kidderminster, county of Salop, about a mile north of Bewdley, on the western bank of the Severn. Living, a discharged rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £4; gross income, £161; in the patronage, in 1335, of James Taylor and others. Acres 1,080. Houses 15. A.P. £1,300. Pop., in 1801, 57; in 1831, 62. Poor rates, in 1837, £74.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.
Dowles (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Kidderminster, hundred of Stottesden, S. division of Salop, 1 mile (N. by W.) from Bewdley; containing 80 inhabitants. It comprises 680 acres: coal is to be found, and there is a mine of excellent fire-clay. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King’s books at £4, and in the gift of the Heirs of the late Samuel Skey, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £136.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.
Dowles. A parish in the Cleobury division of the hundred of Stottesden, a rectory, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 15 houses, 61 inhabitants. 8 miles east of Cleobury Mortimer.
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
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.
Cleobury Mortimer Polling District
Dowles, Parish of
1538 Downing John Marshall
1539 Fletcher Joseph, Rev.
1540 Jefferies John
1541 Lewis John
1542 Nicholas Edward Richmond
1543 Sturge Charles
1544 Taylor James Arthur