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Wistanstow, Shropshire

Historical Description

Wistanstow, a village and a parish in Salop. The village lies on the river Onny, and on a branch of the Roman Watling Street, which intersects the parish. It is 1½ mile N of Craven Arms station on the G.W. and L. & N.W. Joint railway, and 6 miles S by W of Church Stretton. It has a post office under Craven Arms (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Craven Arms. The parish includes the townships of Cheney Longville, Grove, the Comer, Leemore, Strefford, Felhampton, Whittingslow, and Woolston. Acreage, 5231; population, 825. It has a parish council of nine members. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; gross value, £753 with residence. The church is a fine cruciform edifice, ranging from Norman to Perpendicular, and was restored in 1877, and again in 1895. A chapel of ease was erected in 1850 at Cwm Head. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishWistanstow Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionChurch-Stretton 

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 Wistanstow

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 Wistanstow from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Wistanstow 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