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Shipston on Stour, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Shipston-on-Stour, a small market-town, the head of a poor-law union and county court district, and a parish in Worcestershire. The town stands on the river Stour, 6 miles E of Chipping Campden, 7 NE of Moreton-in-the-Marsh, 10 S of Stratford-on-Avon, and 83 by road and 101 by railway from London. It has a station at the terminus of a branch of the G.W.R. from Moreton-in-the-Marsh, and a head post office. It is a seat of petty sessions, and has a police station, two banks, a workhouse, and a cemetery. A weekly market is held on Saturday, a cattle market once a month, and cattle fairs on the third Tuesday of April, 22 June, the Tuesday after 10 October, and the first Tuesday of December. The parish was a township of Tredington till the time of George I., and comprises 1220 acres; population of The civil parish, 1646; of the ecclesiastical, with Tidmington, 1708. There is a parish council consisting of thirteen members. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The living is a rectory, united with Tidmington, in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £600 with residence. Patrons, Jesus College, Oxford, two turns, and the Dean and Chapter of Worcester, one turn. The church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1855. There are Baptist andWesleyan chapels and Brethren and Friends' meeting-houses.

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 CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishShipston-upon-Stour St. Edmund 
Poor Law unionShipston-upon-Stour 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.