In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hodnet like this:
HODNET, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Salop; the village and the sub-district in Market-Drayton district, the parish partly also in Wem district. The village stands near the Wellington and Market-Drayton railway, 5½ miles SSW of Market-Drayton; and has a post office ‡ under Market-Drayton, a r. station, an inn, and fairs on 15 May and 20 Oct.The parish contains also the townships of Little Bolas, Hawkstone, Hopton, Kenstone, Losford, Marchamley, Peplow, and Wollerton in Market-Drayton district, and the chapelry of Weston-and-Wixhill-under-Redcastle in Wem district. ...
Acres, 16, 399. Real property, £18, 767. Pop., 1, 979. Houses, 395. The manor was known at Domesday as Odenett; was held by Roger Montgomery; and passed to the Vernons and others. Hodnet Hall was the seat of Richard Heber, the "Atticus" of Dibdin's "Biblomania;" and had, in his time, a great library, which was sold off at his death. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £1, 884.* Patron, A.H. Percy, Esq. The church is decorated English; has some painted windows and a fine octagonal tower; was recently well repaired; and contains tombs of the Vernons and the Hills, and a beautiful monument to Bishop Heber, who was rector upwards of fifteen years. There is a chapel of ease at Peplow. The donative of Weston-under-Redcastle is a separate charge. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, an endowed school with £8 a year, and other charities with £118. Lord J. Beauclerk was rector.The sub-district contains the main part of Hodnet parish and four other parishes. Acres, 32, 204. Pop., 5, 095. Houses, 1, 042.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hodnet in North Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th November 2015
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