Church Stretton  Shropshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Church Stretton like this:

STRETTON-CHURCH, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Salop. The town stands on the Shrewsbury and Hereford railway, in a fine rugged hollow, between Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge, 12¾ miles S by W of Shrewsbury; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling place; consists chiefly of one street; and has a head post-office,‡ a r. ...

station with telegraph, a cruciform early English church, an Independent chapel of 1866, a free school, alms houses, a workhouse, charities £20, a weekly market on Thursday, and 5 annual fairs. The parish includes All-Stretton and Little-Stretton townships and comprises 10,716 acres. Real property, £5,949. Pop., 1,695. Houses, 350. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £542.* Patron,O.Pemberton, Esq.—The sub-district contains 8 parishes. Acres, 24,870. Pop., 3,928. Houses, 806.—The district includes Wall sub-district, and comprises 46,184 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £3,349. Pop. in 1851, 6,167; in 1861, 6,289. Houses, 1,228. Marriages in 1863, 35; births, 184,-of which 18 were illegitimate; deaths, 81,-of which 19 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 326; births, 1,678; deaths, 1,122. The places of worship, in 1851, were 17 of the Church of England, with 3,118 sittings; 1 of Wesleyans, with 85 s.; and 7 of Primitive Methodists, with 315 s. The schools were 5 public day-schools, with 335 scholars; 6 private day-schools, with 94 s.; and 2 Sunday schools, with 54 s.

Church Stretton through time

Church Stretton is now part of South Shropshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Shropshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Church Stretton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Church Stretton in South Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th July 2024

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