Chelmarsh is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places included in the parish: Hempton and Sutton.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1557

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Chelmarsh

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

CHELMARSH, a parish and a division in Salop. The parish is in Bridgnorth district; lies on the river Severn, 2 miles NW of Hampton r. station, and 3 ½ S by E of Bridgnorth; and has a post-office under Bridgnorth. Acres, 3,259. Real property, £6,043. Pop., 564. Houses, 112. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £250. Patron, Sir T. G. S. Sebright, Bart. The church is ancient but very good; and has a tower.

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

Chelmarsh or Chilmarsh Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Chelmarsh or Chilmarsh. A parish in the Bridgnorth division of the hundred of Stottesden, a vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 72 houses, 458 inhabitants. 3 ½ miles south-east of Bridgnorth.

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

Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1557-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. III (1903)

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


Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1800 to 1804

Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1797 to 1799

Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1794 to 1796

Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1790 to 1793

Chelmarsh Parish Registers 1788 to 1789  

Chelmarsh Baptisms and Burials

Chelmarsh Baptisms and Burials 1810 to 1812

Chelmarsh Baptisms and Burials 1805 to 1809

Chelmarsh Marriages

Chelmarsh Marriage Register 1800 to 1812

Chelmarsh Marriage Register 1775 to 1800

Chelmarsh Marriage Register 1754 to 1774

Parish Records

Poll Books

Chelmarsh, 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.

Bridgnorth Polling District

Chelmarsh, Parish of

478 Blathwayte Charles Wellit

479 Bourne Robert

480 Detton William

481 Detton George

482 Dudley George

483 Drapier John

484 Elcock George

485 Fereday Thomas, see 431

486 Gittins Richard, see 696

487 Harries Thomas

488 Hughes Edward

489 Jones William

490 Jordan John, see 573

491 Jordan Thomas

492 King Thomas

493 Lloyd Samuel

494 Lloyd Edward

495 Mapp William

496 Morris Thomas

497 Nicholls John

498 Page John

499 Page John

500 Parrish James

501 Scoflhum Henry Francis

502 Sibley Charles

503 Stiffs Philimore William, see 861

504 Stowyer Thomas

505 Wall John

506 Wall Francis


Chelmarsh Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Chelmarsh is a parish and village, with the hamlets of Hempton and Sutton, 4 miles south-south-east from Bridgnorth, in the Southern division of the county, Chelmarsh division of Stottesden hundred, Bridgnorth union, and diocese of Hereford; it is situated on the west side of the river Severn.  The church of St. Peter is an old building.  The living is a vicarage, now returned at £236 yearly, with residence and 24 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Sir J. G. S. Sebright, Bart.  The rectorial tithes are commuted for £369 3s of which £358 are paid to Sir J. G. S. Sebright, Bat., and £11 3s., to Mr. Edward Hughes.  There is a National school, built in the year 1850.  William Nichols, Esq., who is lord of the manor, Mrs. Gwyn, A. Weir, Esq., and Mr. Edward Hughes, are chief landowners.  The soil is a strong loam; the subsoil in some parts is sandstone.  The population in 1861 was 564, and the area is 3,126 acres; gross estimated rental, £4,276; rateable value, 33,978.
Hempton is a hamlet, about two miles from Chelmarsh church.
Sutton is a hamlet, about 1 mile from Chelmarsh.
Post Office. – George Dudley, sub-postmaster.  Letters arrive from Bridgnorth at 7-30 a.m.; dispatched at 5-5 p.m.

Blathwayt Rev. Charles Welfitt, M.A.
Buchanan Mrs. Chelmarsh hall
Gwyn Mrs. Astbury hall
Leicester Rev. John Augustus, M.A.
Blakeway Edward, farmer
Bowen Thomas, bricklayer
Breakwell Edmund, farmer, Woodlands
Dodd Richard, farmer, New house
Draper John, shopkeeper
Dutton Fredk. beer retailer, Commons
Elcock George, carpenter
Elcock Wm. farmer, Hodge Nichols
Fox John, farmer
Gittins Richard, farmer
Lloyd Edward, shopkeeper
Page John, blacksmith
Parrish Richard, farmer, Uplands
Reeve Thomas, farmer, Spadeley
Rudd Richard, farmer
Scoffham Henry Francis, beer retailer
Warder Richard Evans, farmer, Chelmarsh Hall farm

Detton William, tailor
Hughes Edward, farmer and landowner
Lee Edward, farmer
Pope Edward, farmer
Porter Thos. ferryman, Hempton’s load
Sibley Chas. Unicorn Inn, Hempton’s load
Stonyer John, miller

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


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

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