Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1729
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Hopton Wafers

Historical Descriptions of Hopton Wafers

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOPTON (WAFERS), a village and a parish in Cleobury-Mortimer district, Salop. The village stands under the Clee hills, 2½ miles NW by W of Cleobury-Mortimer r. station. The parish has sometimes been regarded as including the extra-parochial tract of Woodhouse. Post town, Cleobury-Mortimer, under Bewdley. Acres, 1,610. Real property, £8,459; of which £5,377 are in mines. Pop., exc. of Woodhouse, 440. Houses, 95. The manor, with Hopton Court, and the greater part of the land, belongs to T. Woodward, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £248. Patron, T. Woodward, Esq. The church was rebuilt in 1827, and has a pinnacled tower. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and a free school.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Hopton Wafers. A parish in the hundred of Stottesden, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Burford, and archdeaconry of Salop. 93 houses, 459 inhabitants. 2 ½ miles south-west by west of Cleobury Mortimer. Hopton Wafers is remarkable as giving a Singular instance of longevity in William Hyde, who resided in this place, and lived to the advanced age of 106 years. He enjoyed health and activity nearly to the last, and at the time of his decease, in 1798, had sons upwards of eighty years old.
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

Poll Books

Hopton Wafers 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.

Cleobury Mortimer Polling District

Hopton Wafers— Parish of

1554 Bishop William

1555 Dolphin Joseph

1556 Gittins John

1557 Hatton Richard, see 1527

1558 Horton William

1559 Mantle William

1560 Newall William

1561 Preece William

1562 Thatcher William

1563 Whitehead John

1564 Woodward Rev. Samuel

1565 Woodward Thomas, 2282

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

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