Lydbury North

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Bagshaw Directory 1851

Samuel Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire

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LYDBURY NORTH is an extensive parish and considerable village, two and a half miles south-east from Bishop’s Castle. The parish includes the townships of Acton, Brockton, Lower Down, Eaton and Choulton, Eyton and Plowden, Lydbury North, and Totterton, which together in 1841 had a population of 908 souls; 1801, 829; 1831, 955. The township of North Lydbury contains 2,253A. 0R. 35P. of land, and in 1841 had 84 houses and 337 inhabitants. Rateable value £2,651. 7s. THE CHURCH, dedicated to St. Michael, is a plain substantial structure with a massive tower. The living is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Norbury annexed, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Bright. The vicarial tithes are commuted for £486, and the rectoral for £439. 8s., of which £411. 8s. have been apportioned to W. Plowden, Esq., £11 to the parish clerk, for the time being, and £17 to the rector of Pontesbury. The church contains many elegant monuments to the Plowden and Walcott families. The chief landowners are Earl Powis, and William Plowden, Esq. WALCOTT HALL is a spacious and elegant mansion, the occasional seat of the Earl of Powis. It contains a fine collection of paintings and Indian curiosities, collected by the first Lord Clive. The pleasure grounds are very beautifully laid out, and the park is richly wooded. At Tangley Hill are prominent vestiges of a British encampment, called Bury Ditches. The interest of £200, bequeathed by John Shipman, in 1662, is applied in the support of the national school, another £100 has been raised by the liberality of the parishioners and the Earl of Powis for the same object, in addition to which a considerable sum is raised by annual subscriptions. The school, a substantial stone building, has been built about six years. The Poor’s Estate produces a yearly sum of £27. 10s., out of which £7 per annum is paid for educational purposes, and the residue applied in a general distribution among the poor. Richard Sayce, in 1754, left a rent charge of £2. 12s. per annum, to be given in bread.

The following are the out-townships of this parish, namely: ACTON, situated two miles south-west from Lydbury, having 816 acres of land, and in 1841, 23 homes and 108

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inhabitants. BROCTON township lies about a mile from Lydbury, and has 694 acres of land, the rateable value of which is £1,102. 4s. In 1841 there were 30 houses and 137 inhabitants. LOWER DOWN, a small village and township, lies south west of Lydbury, and contains 1,207 acres, the rateable value of which is £870; population in 1841, 116; at which period there were 25 houses. EYTON AND PLOWDEN township has 872 acres, and in 1841 had 11 houses and 59 inhabitants. Rateable value £747. 13s. EATON AND CHOULTON in 1841 had 16 houses and 87 inhabitants, and contains 699 acres of land. TOTTERTON township is distant about a mile from Lydbury, and contains 775 acres of land. In 1841 there were 11 houses and 64 inhabitants; William Plowden, Esq., and the Earl of Powis, are the landowners in the above townships.

Beddoes Geo. farm., Brunslow
Brereton John, schoolmaster
Colgan Rev. Rd. (Rom. Cathol.)
Gwilt Rd., farmer, The Folly
Hodgkiss John, farmer
Lane Thomas, farmer
Lawrence John, blacksmith
Mason William, farmer
Newell Joseph, agent to the Earl of Powis
Norncott Rd. farmr. & shopkpr
Owens John, farmer
Phillips William, farmer
Southern William H., farmer
Statham John, farmer
Whitefoot Mrs. E. the Vicarage
Williams John, parish clerk
Gwilt Richard, farmer
Luther Robert, farmer
Price George, farmer
Robinson Joseph, farmer and blacksmith
Bluck William, beerseller
Blayney Thos., vict., New Inn
Bore Mr., vict. Wheat Sheaf
Davies Jane, farmer
Hamar Thomas, miller
Evans Samuel, farmer
James Mr. Thomas
Marston Richd., wheelwright
Mountford Edward, farmer
Powell James, blacksmith
Powell John, farmer
Tomlins John, farmer
Edwards Ann, farmer
Gwilt Evan, farmer
Gethyn, Thomas, farmer
Wood Thomas, blacksmith
Watkins Joseph, farmer
Amies Samuel, farmer
Evans Gabriel, miller & farmr
Gwilt William, farmer
Hacock Thomas, farmer
Watts Thomas, farmer
Williams John, farmer
Farmer George, farmer
Hamar Thomas, farmer
Titley John, farmer
Whittall John, farmer
Whittall Thomas, farmer
Bright Rev. John, vicar of Lydbury
Everall Jph. farmer, Friezland
Hodges William, farmer
Shuker William, farmer

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