In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Downton like this:
DOWNTON, a parish in the district of Ludlow and county of Hereford; on the river Teme, near the boundary with Salop, 5 miles SW of Bromfield r. station, and 5½ W by S of Ludlow. Post town, Leintwardine, Herefordshire. Acres, 1, 201. Real property, with Aston and Burrington, £3, 750. Pop., 184. Houses, 25. Downton Castle here is a spacious modern edifice, in mixed Grecian and Gothic styles, built by R. P. Knight, Esq., to exemplify his "Analytical Enquiry;" and stands amid romantic scenery. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £154. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built in 1862, and is in the early English style, somewhat richly decorated.
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 Downton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Herefordshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Downton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Downton in Herefordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 02nd February 2015
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