Wistanstow, Shropshire Family History Guide

Wistanstow is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.
Other places in the parish include: Wittingstow, Woolston, Cheney Longville, Felhampton, Strefford, Horderley Village, Longvylle, and Grove.
Parish church: Holy Trinity
Parish registers begin: 1687
Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wistanstow

  • Hopesay
  • Halford
  • Church Stretton
  • Acton Scott
  • Diddlebury
  • Lydbury North
  • Edgton
  • Horderley Hall

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WISTANSTOW, a parish, with a village and eight townships, in Church-Stretton district, Salop; on the Shrewsbury and Hereford railway, 1¼ mile N of Craven-Arms-Junction r. station, and 5¾ S by W of Church-Stretton. It has a post-office, designated Wistanstow, Shropshire. Acres, 5,160. Real property, £3,809. Pop., 1,121. Houses, 230. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory, with Cwm-Head chapelry, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £870. Patron, the Rev. E.Swainson. The church is good; and there are a national school, and charities £15.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Cheney Longville

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

CHENEY-LONGVILLE, a township in Wistanstow parish, Salop; 6 ½ miles SSW of Church-Stretton. Pop., 125.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Felhampton. A township in the parish of Wistanstow, and in the upper division of the hundred of Munslow. 4 miles south of Church Stretton. Felhampton hall is the residence of – Marston, Esq.
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

Parish Registers

The Register of Wistanstow

Registers (and Transcript), 1538, 1661-1812, Marriages to 1837
Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. XVII (1920)
Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Shropshire Parish Register Society
General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher
Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society.
The Register of Wistanstow - Archive.org

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Wistanstow, 1638, 1661-1852
Parish registers for Snead, 1665-1883
Registers of Wistanstow
Computer printout of Wistanstow, Shropshire, England


Cwm Head, Wistanstow, Shropshire, monumental inscriptions, 1929-1989
Monumental inscriptions at Holy Trinity Church, Wistanstow, Shropshire : 1700-1997


Census returns for Wistanstow, 1841-1891

Poll Books

Wistanstow, Shropshire, Poll Book 1865


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