Easthope (St. Peter)

EASTHOPE (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Church-Stretton, hundred of Munslow, S. division of Salop, 4¾ miles (S. W.) from Wenlock; containing 108 inhabitants. This is a retired parish, with pleasing scenery: the renowned Wenlock-Edge stretches through it; and on an opposite side is a Roman encampment. The plantations and grounds connected with Lutwyche Hall, a mansion built by Judge Lutwyche in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, serve much to adorn and beautify the parish. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £3. 3. 1½.; net income, £133; patron, R. Benson, Esq.; incumbent, the Rev. Robert Armitage. The church is remarkable for its encaustic tiles, and has a beautifully proportioned chancel window. In the churchyard are two flat tombstones, with the sculptured figure of the cross, supposed to note the burial-place of two monks brought hither from the abbey of Wenlock; they lie on the north side, midway between two ancient yew-trees.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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