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Dowles, Shropshire

Historical Description

Dowles, a parish in Salop, on the river Severn, at the boundary with Worcestershire, 1 mile NNW of Bewdley, and 3½ miles NV of Kidderminster. Post town, Bewdley. Acreage, 711; population of civil parish, 91; of ecclesiastical, 203. There is a brick and tile factory. The Bewdley gasworks are in this parish. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £110. The church is ancient, and was restored in 1867, and again in 1882.

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 parishDowles St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionKidderminster 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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