Pitchford, Shropshire

Historical Description

Pitchford, a village and a parish in Salop. The village stands on an affluent of the river Severn, near Watling Street, 2 miles S by W of Berrington station on the G.W.R,, and 6 SSE of Shrewsbury. It takes its name from a bituminous spring. Post town, Shrewsbury; money order and telegraph office, Acton Bumell. Acreage of parish, 1640; population, 231. Pitchford Hall, a curious old timber and plaster house of the 16th century, was for many years the seat of the Otley family, and passed in 1807 to the Earl of Liverpool, who entertained the Princess Victoria and the Duchess of Kent here in 1832. It passed by marriage to the Cotes family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £140 with residence. The church is Early English, and contains a carved oak effigy of a crusader and monuments of the Otleys.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & 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 Pitchford St. Michael
Hundred Condover
Poor Law union Atcham
Registration district Atcham (1837-1935)

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Shropshire Archives have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Pitchford

The parish register dates from the year 1558.


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel and nave: in the church, on an altar-tomb of stone, is a cross-legged effigy carved in oak of a knight, in chain mail; the sides of the tomb are relieved by shields of arms: around the communion table are four incised slabs to several members of the Ottley family, once lords of the manor of Pitchford: the east window is a memorial to Charles Cecil Cope (Jenkinson), 3rd Earl of Liverpool, who died 3 Sept. 1851.

St. Michael, Pitchford
St. Michael, Pitchford
St. Michael, Pitchford
St. Michael, Pitchford

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pitchford from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Shropshire (Salop) is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtSY5
Post TownShrewsbury