Hopton, Castle (St. Mary)
HOPTON, CASTLE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Clun, hundred of Purslow, S. division of Salop, 12 miles (W. by N.) from Ludlow; containing 164 inhabitants. This place was distinguished for its castle, which was given by Henry II. to Walter de Clifford, and which, during the parliamentary war, was garrisoned by the royalists, but after a fortnight's siege was surrendered to the assailants, when most of the garrison were put to the sword, and the governor was conveyed as a prisoner to Ludlow Castle. The parish comprises 2524 acres, of which 861 are arable, 724 meadow and pasture, 303 woodland, and about 636 common; the soil is light, producing chiefly barley and turnips, and the scenery is in general exceedingly beautiful. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £5, and in the gift of Thomas Beale, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £280, and the glebe contains 80 acres, with a house.