Bedstone is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin: 1719

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Bedstone

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEDSTONE, a parish in the district of Knighton and county of Salop; on a tributary of the river Teme, and on the Craven-Arms and Knighton railway, between Hopton-Heath and Bucknell r. stations, 4½ miles NE by E of Knighton. Post Town, Bucknell, under Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire. Acres, 776. Rated property, £739. Pop., 164. Houses, 26. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £230. Patron, E. Rogers, 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

Bedstone, a parish in the hund. of Purslow, county of Salop; 6 miles north-east of Knighton. Living, a discharged rectory, in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford, valued at £4 13s. 4d.; gross income £234. Patron, in 1835, B. Brown, Esq. There is a daily school in this parish. Pop., in 1801, 157; in 1831, 159. Houses 21. Acres 1,200. A. P. £1,718. Poor rates, in 1837, £65.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bedstone, 8 miles S.E. Bishop’s-Castle. P. 139

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Bedstone. A parish in the hundred of Purslow, a rectory discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Clun, and archdeaconry of Salop. 25 houses, 165 inhabitants. 10 ½ miles west of Ludlow.

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

Parish Registers

Bedstone Parish Registers 1719-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. V (1909)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Parish Records

Poll Books

Bedstone 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.

Clun Polling District

Bedstone, Parish of

1766 Beaumont John

1767 Bennett Edward

1768 Bennett John

1769 Brackwell Samuel

1770 Brown James Richard, see 2168

1771 Cocks William


Bedstone Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Bedstone is a small parish, 2 miles north from the Bucknell railway station, 6 from Knighton, 11 west from Ludlow, and 28 from Shrewsbury, in Purslow hundred, Knighton union, Southern division of the county, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Mary is an old stone building, and was repaired about 1834.  The living is a rectory, yearly value £220, with residence and 35 acres of glebe land, in the gift of E. Rogers, Esq., lord of the manor and sole landowner.  The soil is loam; the subsoil is gravel.  The population in 1861 was 164; the area 776 acres; gross estimated rental £1,183; rateable value £1,038.

Letters through Aston-on-Clun.

Bennett John, landowner & farmer, Bedstone house
Howells William, farmer, Hall farm
Morris William, blacksmith

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


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

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