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Stokesay, Shropshire

Historical Description

Stokesay, a township and a parish in Salop. The township lies on the river Onny, 7 miles NW of Ludlow. It has a station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford Joint (L. & N.W. and G.W.) railway. Post town, Craven Arms (R.S.O.) A cattle fair is held monthly. The parish contains also the townships of Aldun, Newton, Rowton, and Wettleton. Acreage, 3661; population, 942. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor was held by the de Lacys at Domesday, passed to the de Says, the de Ludlows, and the Vernons of Haddon Hall, and subsequently to the Earls of Craven. It belongs now to the Allcroft family. Stokesay Castle is a fine example of a fortified mansion of the 13th century, and has been carefully restored. The building is rectangular, and surrounded by a moat. It comprises a great hall with adjacent apartments, a great tower, and a fine timber gatehouse. It was garrisoned for the king in the Civil War, but surrendered to the Parliamentary forces, and was partly dismantled. A large rectangular earthwork called Norton Camp, is on the brow of a wooded hill to the eastward. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; gross value, £279 with residence. The church was destroyed in the Civil War, and rebuilt in 1654. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishStokesay St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionLudlow 

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 Stokesay

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stokesay 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 districtSY7