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This is the extract for Rowton Chapelry from the 1895 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 Lord Barnard, 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 Lord Barnard 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 804 acres; the population is included in High Ercall.
Letters through Wellington. The nearest money order & telegraph office at High Ercall.
Board School, Ellerdine, erected in 1883, for 60 children; average attendance 52; William Josiah Mills, master.

Hopkins George Ore
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 landownr
Lewis Richard, carpenter
Price Edward, rate collector
Shakeshaft Joseph, farmer
Vaughan John, registrar of births & deaths for Ercall Magna sub-district, Wellington union

Ball John, Taylor
Clay Richard, Butcher
Colley Margaret (Mrs.), farmer
Dicken Samuel, farmer
Icke Ann (Mrs.), farmer
Lloyd Thomas, farmer
Pitchford John, farmer, Potford
Ridgway George, blacksmith
Shakeshaft Peter W. farmer
Webb Thomas Henry, Seven Stars P.H. & farmer
Wright George, farmer

Beard John, insurance agent
Bourne John, farmer
Buttery Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Cotterill Edwin (exors of),. farmers, New house
Ferrington William, farmer
Higginson William, farmer
Hopwood Wm. Royal Oak P.H. Heath
Morris William, farmer
Pardoe Thomas, farmer
Pickin John, well sinker & pump fixer &c
Shakeshaft William Robert, farmer & assistant overseer, The Grange
Taylor Hugh, farmer, Windy Oak
Taylor John, farmer, Oakhouse

   28 Jun 09

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