Badger is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Alternative names: Bagsore or Badgesore

Parish church: St. Giles

Parish registers begin: 1713

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Badger

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Badger, or Bagsore, a parish in Shiffnall district, Salop; on the eastern verge of the county, 4 ¼ miles SW of Albrighton r. station, and 6 S by E of Shiffnall. Post-town, Beckbury under Shiffnall. Acres, 920. Real property, £1,804. Pop., 178. Houses, 37. The property is divided between two. Badger Hall is the seat of R. H. Cheney, Esq. and Badger Dingle, in the grounds connected with it, is a picturesque dell of red rock, wood, and water, liberally open to the public, and much visited. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £230. Patron, R. H. Cheney, Esq. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Badger, a parish in the franchise of Wenlock, union of Shiffnall, county of Salop; 6 miles north-east from Bridgenorth. Living, a discharged rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £4 13s. 4d.; gross income £280. Patroness, in 1835, Mrs H. Browne, who supports a daily school here.. Pop., in 1801, 88; in 1831, 142. Houses 27. Acres 980. A. P. £1,667. Poor rates, in 1837, £25.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Badger, 6 miles N.E. Bridgenorth. P. 137.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BADGER, or Bagsore (St. Giles), a parish, within the liberties of the borough of Wenlock, union of Shiffnall, locally in the hundred of Brimstree, S. division of Salop, 5 miles (S.) from Shiffnall; containing 137 inhabitants. The parish comprises by measurement 920 acres: red sandstone of good quality is obtained, and from the quarries was raised the stone for the erection of the church. The neighbourhood also abounds with stately timber, and from one oak alone was procured wood for the pulpit, pews, and all the other interior fitting-up of the church. Here is a narrow rocky dingle, richly wooded, through which flows a small river; walks have been tastefully formed, and the spot is much resorted to in the summer. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £4. 13. 4., and in the gift of R. H. Cheney, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £254. 10. 6., and the glebe comprises 25 acres. The church was erected about 1835, at the expense of the patron, and is in the later English style, and embellished with stained glass.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Badger, or Bagsore, or Badgesore. A parish in the franchise of Wenlock, a rectory discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Wenlock, and archdeaconry of Salop. 29 houses, 138 inhabitants. 5 miles south-east by south of Shiffnall. Badger Hall is the Seat of Mrs. Hawkins Browne.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Badger Parish Registers

Badger Parish Registers 1660-1812

Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. XVI (1915)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; W. G. D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society.

Parish Records

The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Badger The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Format = Name; Fireharths; ll. (Pounds); s. (shillings)
Franchise of Wenlocke
Mr. Thomas Kynersly ; 9; 0; 18
Richard Taylor ; 1; 0; 2
Michaell Browne ; 1; 0; 2
John Franck ; 1; 0; 2
Elizabeth Styring ; 1; 0; 2
Thomas Styring ; 1; 0; 2
John Brockhurst ; 1; 0; 2
Total – Fireharths – 15; ll. (Pounds) – 1; s. (Shillings) – 10


Badger – Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Badger is a parish and village, in the parliamentary borough of Wenlock, 5 miles from Albrighton, and 7 from Bridgnorth, in the southern division of the county, Shifnal union, Brimstree hundred, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Giles, a Gothic stone building, rebuilt in 1834, contains an organ, and three monuments.  The living is a rectory, yearly value £250, with residence and 25 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Robert Henry Cheney, Esq.  There is a private school for 50 poor children, supported by Edward Cheney, Esq.  Badger Hall, the seat of Edward Cheney, Esq., is a noble brick mansion of modern style; in the grounds adjoining the house is a very beautiful wooded dell, called “Badger Dingle,” through which a small stream flows, and which is much celebrated in the county, and resorted to by many visitors in the summer season.  Edward Cheney, Esq., is lord of the manor and owns the whole parish, except 200 acres, posses by Mrs. A. Trevor. At the time of Domesday Survey, this manor was held by Osbern Fitz-Richard, Baron of Burford and Richard’s Castle, whose heirs continued for centuries afterwards lords of the manor.  The charities amount to 26s.  The soil is sandy and loamy; the subsoil is red sandstone.  The area is 920 acres, and the population in 1861 was 178; gross estimated rental, £1,592; rateable value, £1,421.

Letters are received through Shifnal.

Boddington Rev. T. F., M.A., Rectory
Cheney Edward, esq. Badger Hall
Green Mrs., Badger heath
Bate Richard, farmer
Bowen Edward Henry, farmer and miller, Badger heath
Harrison William, bailiff to Edward Cheney, esq.

Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871.


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Shifnal
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Shifnal
  • Hundred: Brimstree
  • Province: Canterbury

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