Hope Baggot; or Baggotshope. A parish in the Cleobury division of the hundred of Stottesden, a rectory discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Ludlow, and archdeaconry of Salop. 17 houses, 71 inhabitants. 4 ½ miles east 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.
The Church is dedicated to S. 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.
Hope-Bagot, a parish in Stottesden hund., union of Ludlow, Shropshire; 5 miles east by south of Ludlow. Living, a discharged rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £3 6s. 8d., returned at £100; gross income £90. Patron, in 1835, the Duke of Cleveland. Acres 650. Houses 14. A. P. £476. Pop., in 1801, 94; in 1831, 62. Poor rates, in 1838, £24 10s
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.