Reorganisation of Parishroots

As some of you may have noticed, Parishroots is having a make-over for the New Year. All the articles are being reorganised by book rather than county. This will make it obvious what type of articles are available and should give a shorter categories list. Each article is also tagged with the parish name. If you click the tag it will take you to all the articles for that parish. To make it easier to find the parish you are interested in you will be able to use the menus on the left of the page. Choose the country, then county for the parish you are interested in. Each County Page will have a list of parishes which link to the tag page for that parish and thus will list all articles for that parish.

Clun Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Q. Describe Clun.

A. Clun is a small decayed town, or rather village, five miles from Bishop’s Castle, deriving its name from the neighbouring river. It is remarkable merely for the ruins of its castle, once an extensive and strong fortress, erected by William Fitz-Alan, in the reign of Henry III. Clun gives the title of baron to the Duke of Norfolk. Continue reading “Clun Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820″

Bishops Castle Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Q. What is Bishop’s Castle ?

A. Bishop’s Castle is a neat market town, so called from the Bishops of Hereford having anciently a castle here; it is situated on the river Clun, 20 miles from Shrewsbury, and 160 from London, has a population of 1367 persons, and a market on Friday. Continue reading “Bishops Castle Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820″

Shrewsbury Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Q. What is the situation of Shrewsbury?

A. Shrewsbury, the capital of the county, is situated on a peninsula, formed by the river Severn which nearly surrounds it. It is 160 miles from London, contains a population of 16,000 persons, and has a market on Wednesday and Saturday.

Q. What was the origin of Shrewsbury, and from whence did it derive its name?

A. Shrewsbury is supposed to have owed its origin to the destruction of the neighbouring Roman station Uriconium, some time in the fifth century. When taken by the Saxons, they called it Scrobbesbyrig, or the Hill of Shrubs: this became in process of time Shrobbesbury and Shrewsbury.

Q. What is the general appearance of Shrewsbury ? Continue reading “Shrewsbury Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820″

Battlefield Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Q. What is Battlefield?

A. Battlefield, about four miles north of Shrewsbury, is the scene of the great battle between Henry IV. and Henry Percy, son to the Earl of Northumberland. Victory declaring for the King, in consequence of the death of Percy, he erected a church on the spot in testimony of his gratitude, but it is now in a ruinous condition. Under a tumulus near the churchyard, the slain in that memorable engagement lie buried. Continue reading “Battlefield Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820″

Drayton, or Market Drayton, Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Drayton, or Market Drayton, a clean little town, watered by the river Terne.

Q. Give some particulars of Drayton.

A. Drayton is 160 miles from London, and 18 From Shrewsbury; has a population of 3370 persons, a market on Wednesday, once the largest in the district, but now much diminished – a manufacture of paper, and another of horse hair chair-bottoms, &c. The church is ancient, but presents nothing remarkable. A bloody battle was fought near this town, between the adherents of the house of York and those of the house of Lancaster, with little advantage on either side.  Continue reading “Drayton, or Market Drayton, Shropshire – The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820″

Heath, Shropshire Poll Book 1865

Below are the names of those that voted in the election of July 1865 between Col. The Hon. P. E. Herbert, Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., and R. Jasper More, Esq.

Poll Book of the Election, July 1865 for the Southern Division of Shropshire.

Ludlow Polling District

Heath, Chapelry of

2413 Edwards Richard, see 1904

2414 Hanson Edwin

2415 Miles Samuel

2416 Morgan The Rev. George, see 4161 Continue reading “Heath, Shropshire Poll Book 1865″

Halford, Shropshire Poll Book 1865

Below are the names of those that voted in the election of July 1865 between Col. The Hon. P. E. Herbert, Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., and R. Jasper More, Esq.

Poll Book of the Election, July 1865 for the Southern Division of Shropshire.

Ludlow Polling District

Halford, Parish of

2408 Give George Herbert Windsor Windsor see 40

2409 Cox John

2410 Everall Thomas

2411 Handley William

2412 Marston Richard