"BITTERLEY, a parish in the hundred of Overs, extending also into the hundred of Munslow, in the county of Salop, 4 miles to the N.E. of Ludlow, its post town. It comprises the townships of Bitterley, Cleeton, Henley, Hill-upon-Cot, Middleton, and Smitten. Coal andiron abound here, especially at Clee Hill, and many of the inhabitants are employed in working the collieries and mines. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Hereford, of the value, with the curacy of Middleton annexed, of £750, besides glebe and rates, in the patronage of the Rev. C. Walcot, incumbent. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. A free grammar school here was endowed by John Newborough in 1712, and has an income of £34 a year. There are some other charities, producing about £26."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]
- The transcription of the Parish Registers for Bitterley provided by Mel Lockie.
- A transcript of the Bitterley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Bitterley parish entries from Gregory's 1824 Gazetteer of Shropshire,
Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015
- ASBATCH, a village in the parish of Bitterley, county of Salop, 3 miles from Ludlow.
- CLEETON, a township in the parish of Bitterley, in the county of Salop, 6 miles N.E. of Ludlow.
- HENLEY, a township in the parishes of Bitterley and Stanton Lacy, county Salop, 2 miles N.E. of Ludlow. It is situated on a tributary of the river Teme.
- HILL-UPON-COTT, a township in the parish of Bitterley, county Salop, 5 miles W. of Cleobury Mortimer.
- MIDDLETON, a township in the parish of Bitterley, county Salop, 2 miles N.E. of Ludlow. It is situated on a branch of the river Teme. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory* of Bitterley, in the diocese of Hereford. Sir William R. Boughton, Bart., is lord of the manor.
- SNITTON, a township in the parish of Bitterley, county Salop, 3 miles E. of Ludlow."
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