Hope Bagot, Shropshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Hope Baggot

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1714
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

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Parishes adjacent to Hope Bagot

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOPE-BAGGOT, a parish in Ludlow district, Salop; 4½ miles N of Tenbury r. station, and 6 ESE of Ludlow. Post town, Ludlow. Acres, 460. Real property, £454. Pop., 82. Houses, 19. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Cleveland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £111. Patron, the Duke of Cleveland. The church is ancient and tolerable, and has a tower.

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

Hope Bagot – St. John the Baptist Church

The Church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and has several interesting features. The earliest portions date from Norman times, and the chancel arch, the South doorway, and two windows in the chancel and nave are remarkable for richness of pattern and diaper of an unusual fashion. The plain bowl shaped font is probably of the same period. On the S. side of the chancel is a lancet of 13 century work and a piscine and sedilia of singular interest. To the following century belongs the two-light window on the S. side of the nave in connection with an altar of which the retable remains. The East window is post-Reformation. An inscription says: “This Church was adorned anno Domini 1681, John Griffiths and William Unit, churchwardens.” Another inscription records the erection of a gallery in 1726. The Tower is probably 13 century. The Porch was originally a 14 century Lich-gate. The present Lich-gate is modern. In 1911 the floor of the nave and chancel was lowered, and much new woodwork was introduced while an aumbry was discovered in the N. wall of the chancel.

In the Church there is a monument to Benjamin Giles, junior, who died in consequence of a fall from his horse, 1795, aged 31; and to his parents, Benjamin Giles, Esq., d. 1801, aged 71, and his consort Jemima, d. 1801, aged 70. There is a memorial window on the S. Wall of the church in memory of Benjamin Giles, Esq., of Hope Court, who died Mar. 3rd, 1866, with coats of arms.

In the churchyard there is a fine yew tree, and a Holy Well, said to be good for weak eyes.

Parish Records

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Parish Registers

The earlier Registers have been lost. The volume for 1714 to 1742 consists of paper leaves at the beginning and end, and 12 leaves of parchment 9in. by 5in. in a vellum cover. The volume for 1754 to 1812 is paper bound in vellum 10in. by 7in., with marriages at one end and other entries at the other.

Hope Bagot Registers 1785 to 1789

Hope Bagot Registers 1780 to 1784

Hope Bagot Registers 1775 to 1779

Hope Bagot Registers 1770 to 1774

Hope Bagot Registers 1765 to 1769

Hope Bagot Registers 1760 to 1764

Hope Bagot Registers 1739 to 1759

Hope Bagot Marriages 1813 to 1837

Hope Bagot Marriages 1755 to 1812

Hope Bagot Baptisms and Burials 1800 to 1812

Hope Bagot Baptisms and Burials 1795 to 1799

Hope Bagot Baptisms and Burials 1790 to 1794


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