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This is the extract for Rowton Chapelry from the 1922 Kelly's Directory.

Rowton is a township and ancient chapelry in the civil 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 Wrekin 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. Rowton was formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1850. 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 grants from Queen Anne's Bounty and the ecclesiastical Commissioners, net yearly value £200, in the gift of Lord Barnard, and held since 1920 by the Rev. John Phillips L.Th. of Durham University. At Cold Hatton is a primitive Methodist Chapel, built in 1871, and a Wesleyan Chapel at Ellerdine. This was the birthplace, 12th November, 1615, of the celebrated nonconformist divine, Richard Baxter. The principal landowners Lord Barnard M.C. and George Ore Hopkins Esq. and there are various small owners. The soil is of a mixed nature and good; subsoil, sand and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 2,960 acres; the population in 1911 was 598.
Letters through Wellington, Salop. The nearest money order offices at Waters Upton, 1 mile distant & telegraph office at High Ercall, 2 miles distant.
Post Office, Ellerdine:- Miss Emma Barnett, sub-postmistress. Letters through Wellington, Salop. Waters Upton, 2 1/2 miles distant, is the nearest money order office & Peplow, 3 miles distant, the nearest telegraph office.
Public Elementary School, Ellerdine, erected in 1883, for 95 children; E. E. Bray, master.

Adney Richard, farmer
Bayley Henry, farmer
Buttery John, farmer
Fletcher Thomas, grocer
Hopkins Geo. Ore, farmer and landownr
Ridgway John, blacksmith
Woolley John, farmer

Phillips Rev. John L.Th. (Vicar)
Adams William and Reginald, farmers
Ball George, farmer
Fewtrell E. A. Seven Stars inn
Kent Joseph, wheelwright
Mitchell William H. farmer
Owen George, baker
Picken Thomas, painter
Rhodes Geo. Royal Oak P.H. Heath
Shakeshaft Peter W. farmer

Barnett Emma (Miss), shpkpr. Post off
Bourne John, farmer, The Lodge
Cliff George, farmer
Cliff James, farmer
Cotterill John E. farmer, New house
Huntbach John Robert, farmer, The Grange
Iveson Thos. farmr, The Hall farm
Pickin John, well sinker
Pickin Joseph, plumber
Rhodes Geo. Royal Oak P.H.
Ridgway William H. blacksmith
Taylor John (Mrs.), farmer, Oak ho
Taylor Percy, farmer, Windy Oak
Tudor John, Wheelwright

   27 Jun 09

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