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WORTHEN, Shropshire

"WORTHEN, a parish partly in the hundred of Cawrse, county Montgomery, but chiefly in the hundreds of Chirbury and Ford, county Salop, 12 miles S.W. of Shrewsbury, 11 from Welshpool, and 9 from Montgomery. The parish comprises the chapelries of Trelystan and Hope, the quarters of Bing-Weston, Bromblow, Upper Heath, and Worthin, and 15 other townships The village, which was formerly a market-town, under charter of Henry III., is situated on the road from Shrewsbury to Montgomery near the river Rea and the Stipperstones, a ridge of loose stones extending several miles towards Shrewsbury, and said to be the ancient boundary between England and Wales. There are lead mines in the parish, also grit and gravel pits, and the manufacture of flannel is carried on to a small extent. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Hereford, value £1,424 9s. 7d., in the patronage of New College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to All Saints, was partially restored in 1849, and contains a monument to Dr. D. Pryce, chaplain to Charles I. There are also churches at Trelystan in Montgomeryshire, and at Hope in Salop, the livings of both being perpetual curacies There are National schools in various parts of the parish; those at Worthin were erected in 1850. The charities produce about £55 per annum. In this parish are a circular mound called "The Beacon Ring," and several barrows scattered about."

"ASTON PIGOTT, a township in the parish of Worthen, and hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 10 miles to the S.W. of Shrewsbury. The river Rhed runs near the township."

"ASTON ROGERS, a township in the parish of Worthen, and hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 9 miles to the S.W. of Shrewsbury."

"BING-WESTON, a quarter in the parish of Worthen, hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 2 miles to the W. of Worthen."

"BROCKTON, a township in the parish of Worthen, and hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 9 miles to the N. of Bishop's Castle."

"BROMLOW, a township in the parish of Worthen, hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 8 miles to the N. of Bishop's Castle.

"BYNWESTON, a township in the parish of Worthen, hundred of Chirbury, in the county of Salop, 7 miles to the N.E. of Montgomery."

"GRIMMER, a township in the parish of Worthen, hundred of Chirbury, county Salop, 1 mile S.E. of Worthen, and 9 N.W. of Church-Stretton. The Marquis of Bath is lord of the manor."

"HABBERLEY OFFICE, a township in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 9 miles S. W. of Shrewsbury."

"HAYES, a township in the parish of Worthen, hundred of Lower Chirbury, county Salop, 11 miles S.W. of Shrewsbury. It is situated on the river Rea, near the Stipperstones. There are also several old seats of this name, one in the same county near Oswestry, another near Sidmouth, in county Devon, where Sir Walter Raleigh was born, and a third in county Stafford, near Stone."

"HOPE, a township in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 8 miles N. of Bishop's Castle."

"LEIGH, a township in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 12 miles S.W. of Shrewsbury."

"MEADOWTOWN, a township in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 8 miles N. of Bishop's Castle."

"UPPER HEATH, (and Nether Heath) townships in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 10 miles S.W. of Shrewsbury, on the river Rea, near the Stipper stones. In the vicinity are lead mines.

"WALTON, a township in the parish of Worthen, county Salop, 13 miles S. W. of Shrewsbury."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2012

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