Oldbury

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"OLDBURY, a parish in the Chelmarsh division of the hundred of Stottesdon, county Salop, 1 mile S.W. of Bridgnorth, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the turnpike road from Bridgnorth to Cleobury-Mortimer. The parish is bounded on the E. by the river Severn. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The soil is of loam, with a sub-soil of clay. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £210, and the glebe comprises 19 acres, valued at £60 per annum. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Hereford, value £254. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient stone structure, with a turret containing two bells. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. There are traces in this parish of the encampment from which the parliamentary army in the civil war of Charles I. bombarded the castle of Bridgnorth."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]

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