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Downton, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Downton, a parish in Herefordshire, on the river Teme, near the boundary with Salop, 5 miles SW of Bromfield station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford Joint (L. & N.W.R. and G.W.R.) railway, and 5½ W by S of Ludlow. Post town, Ludlow; money order and telegraph office, Leintwar-dine. Acreage of the civil parish, 1220; population, 162; of the ecclesiastical, 156. Downton Castle is a spacious modern edifice in mixed Grecian and Gothic styles, built by R. Payne Knight, and stands amid romantic scenery. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £150 with residence. The church was built in 1862, and is in the Early English style, somewhat richly decorated.

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 CountyHerefordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishDownton St. Giles 
Poor Law unionLudlow 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyPowys - Powys
Postal districtLD8
Post TownPresteigne