In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shipston on Stour like this:
SHIPSTON-ON-STOUR, a small town and a parish in Worcestershire, a sub-district partly also in Warwickshire, and a district partly likewise in Gloucestershire, but all registrationally in Warwickshire. The town stands on the river Stour, 6 miles E of Chipping-Campden r. station; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; had once a large manufacture of shag; and has now a head post-office,‡ a banking office, two chief inns, a church built in 1855, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £42 a year, a workhouse, and charities £124. ...
A weekly market is held on Saturday; a cattle-market, once a-month; and cattle fairs, on the 3d Tuesday of April, 22 June, and the Tuesday after 10 Oct. The parish was a township of Tredington till the time of George I., and comprises 1,198 acres. Real property, £7,228; of which £83 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1861, 1,760,-of whom 99 were in the workhouse. Houses, 376. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A superior breed of sheep is reared. The living is a rectory, united with Tidmington, in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £700.* Patrons, Jesus College, Oxford, two turns, and the Dean and Chapter of Worcester, one turn.The sub-district contains nine parishes. Acres, 17,021. Pop., 5,064. Houses, 1,114.The district comprehends also the sub-districts of Halford, Moreton, and Campden; and comprises 78,899 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £9,676. Pop. in 1851, 20,651; in 1861, 19,852. Houses, 4,468. Marriages in 1863, 130; births, 645,-of which 56 were illegitimate; deaths, 314,-of which 119 were at ages under 5 years, and 15 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,388; births, 6,353; deaths, 3,986. The places of worship, in 1851, were 34 of the Church of England, with 10,234 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 365 s.; 7 of Baptists, with 1,226 s.; 3 of Quakers, with 840 s.; 14 of Wesleyans with 1,625 s.; 4 of Primitive Methodists, with 466 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 172 s. The schools were 36 public day schools, with 2,422 scholars; 22 private day schools, with 349 s.; 34 Sunday schools, with 2,615 s. and 1 evening school for adults, with 8 s.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Shipston on Stour has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stratford on Avon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Shipston on Stour and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shipston on Stour, in Stratford on Avon and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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