Worthen, Shropshire

Historical Description

Worthen, a village, a township, and a parish in Salop. The village stands 4 ½ miles WSW of Minsterley station on the Shrewsbury and Minsterley branch of the L. & N.W. and G.W. Joint railway, and 12 ½ SW by W of Shrewsbury. It was once a market-town, and has a post and money order office under Shrewsbury; telegraph office, Minsterley. Fairs are held on the last Monday in March, June, Sept., and Nov., and on 2 May. The civil parish contains also Aston Pigot, Aston Rogers, Beechfield, Binweston, Brockton, Bromlow, Hope, Penally, and Walton. Acreage, 13,911; population, 2629. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. The lead mines at the Stiperstones were worked by the Romans. An old encampment, called the Beacon Ring, and several barrows are in the parish. Hampton Hall is the chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £799 with residence. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is ancient. There are a chapel of ease at Kowley, a Baptist chapel at Brockton, and Primitive Methodist chapels at Worthen, Aston Rogers, Meadow Town, and Hope.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Salop
Ecclesiastical parish Worthen All Saints
Hundred Chirbury
Registration district Montgomery (1837-1870)
Registration district Forden (1870-1935)
Registration district Clun (1935-2005)

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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