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Bedstone, Shropshire

Historical Description

Bedstone, a parish in Salop, about 1½ mile equidistant from Hopton-Heath and Bucknell stations on the L. & N.W.R., and G miles NE by E of Knighton. Post town, Bucknell (R. S. 0.); money order and telegraph office, Leintwardine, 4 miles S. Acreage, 831; population, 162. Bedstone Court and Bedstone House are the chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; gross value, £317 with residence. The church is Norman, and has a piscina and some stained windows; it was restored in 1879. Bedstone Court is the seat of the Ripley family, who are lords of the manor. The parish of Bedstone was part of the inheritance of Isabel de Say, Lady of Clare, which she brought to her husband, William Fitz Allan, in King Stephen's time. The first incumbent was Walter de Bede-stone in 1283.

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 CountySalop 
Ecclesiastical parishBedstone St. Mary 
Poor Law unionKnighton 
Registration districtKnighton1837 - 1933
Registration districtClun1933 - 2005

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 Bedstone

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bedstone from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bedstone are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Shropshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtSY7