Dowles Shropshire Family History Guide

The remains of Dowles Bridge
Photo of The remains of Dowles Bridge, just north of Bewdley by Loganberry, public domain.

Dowles is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin: 1572

Dowles church was demolished in 1956

Parishes adjacent to Dowles

  • Kidderminster St Mary
  • Upper Arley
  • Far Forest Shropshire
  • Wribbenhall
  • Bewdley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Dowles, a parish in the district of Kidderminster and county of Salop; on the river Severn, and on the Severn Valley railway, at the boundary with Worcester, 1¼ mile NNW of Bewdley. Post town, Bewdley. Acres, 679. Rated property, £1, 130. Pop., 98. Houses, 18. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £159. Patrons, J. Taylor and others. 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

Dowles, a parish in Stottesden hund., union of Kidderminster, county of Salop, about a mile north of Bewdley, on the western bank of the Severn. Living, a discharged rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £4; gross income, £161; in the patronage, in 1335, of James Taylor and others. Acres 1,080. Houses 15. A.P. £1,300. Pop., in 1801, 57; in 1831, 62. Poor rates, in 1837, £74.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Dowles (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Kidderminster, hundred of Stottesden, S. division of Salop, 1 mile (N. by W.) from Bewdley; containing 80 inhabitants. It comprises 680 acres: coal is to be found, and there is a mine of excellent fire-clay. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's books at £4, and in the gift of the Heirs of the late Samuel Skey, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £136.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Dowles. A parish in the Cleobury division of the hundred of Stottesden, a rectory, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 15 houses, 61 inhabitants. 8 miles east of Cleobury Mortimer.

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 Records

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Poll Books

Dowles, Shropshire, Poll Book 1865


Historical Maps


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