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This is the extract for Rowton Chapelry from the 1891 Kelly's Directory.

Rowton is a township and ancient chapelry in the parish of High Ercall, from which place it is 2 miles north-east, 6 north-west from Wellington, 9 west from Newport, 10 north-east from Shrewsbury and 2 1/2 north-west from Crudgington Station on the Wellington and Market Drayton branch of the Great Western Railway, in the Northern division of the county, South Bradford hundred, Wellington union and County Court district, petty sessional division of Wellington, rural deanery of Wrockwardine, archdeaconry of Salop and diocese of Lichfield. Cold Hatton and Ellerdine are attached to Rowton for ecclesiastical purposes. The chapel, rebuilt in 1835, is a plain edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and a western turret containing one bell: it was thoroughly restored in 1882 at a cost of about £450, defrayed by public subscription. The register dates from the year 1840. The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed by the last Duke of Cleveland K.G. assisted by a grant from Queen Anne's Bounty, net yearly value £87, in the gift of the Duke of Cleveland K.G. and held since 1890 by the Rev. Lyttleton Vernon Yonge B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, who resides at Waters Upton. This was the birthplace, 12th November, 1615, of the celebrated nonconformist divine, Richard Baxter. The principal landowners are The Duke of Cleveland K.G. who is Lord of the Manor and Mr George Ore Hopkins. The soil is of a mixed nature and good; subsoil, sand and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 770 acres; the population is included in High Ercall.
Letters through Wellington. The nearest money order office is at High Ercall & telegraph office at Wellington.
Board School, Ellerdine, erected in 1883, for 60 children; average attendance 65; William Mills, master.

Hopkins George Ore
Wynne Reginald, Rowton castle
Adney Richard, farmer
Bailey Frances (Mrs.), farmer
Buttery John, blacksmith & deputy registrar of births & deaths for Ercall Magna sub-district, Wellington union
Buttery Thomas, farmer
Edwards Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Hopkins Geo. Ore, farmer and landowner
Lewis Richard, carpenter
Price Edward, rate collector
Shakeshaft Joseph, farmer

Ball John, Taylor
Clay Richard, Butcher
Colley John, farmer
Icke Robert, farmer
Lloyd Thomas, farmer
Nicklin Samuel, boot & shoe maker
Pitchford John, farmer, Potford
Ridgway George, blacksmith
Webb John, Seven Stars P.H.
Whitfield Francis, farmer
Wilkes George, farmer
Wright George, farmer

Bourne Edwin, farmer
Buttery Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Cartwright James, boot & shoe maker
Cotterill Edwin (exors of),. farmers, New house
Ferrington William, farmer
Hopwood Wm. Royal Oak P.H. Heath
Higginson William, farmer
Morris William, farmer
Pardoe Thomas, farmer
Shakeshaft William Robert, farmer & assistant overseer
Taylor Hugh, farmer
Taylor John, farmer

   28 Jun 09

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