Acton Burrel   Acton Round  Albrighton  Astley Abbots Aston Botterell Atcham Barrow  Berrington  Bishop's Castle Claverley Condover Cound  High Ercall Hodnet  Hopton Wafers  Kinlet  Linley Ludford  Ludlow Market Drayton  Moreton Corbet  Morville Neen Sollars Norton-in-Hales Pitchford Quatt St Martin's Shifnal Shipton  Shrewsbury Stoke-upon-Tern  Whitchurch Worfield  Wroxeter
Acton Burrel - St Mary

Sir Richard Lee (1591) & Wife Alabaster. His wife's effigy is obscured but kneeling behind are 9 children in a frontal position. He was ancestor of Robert E Lee, the famous Confederate General.

Sir Humphrey Lee (1632) & Margaret Corbet . Children kneel below. He was the son of Sir Richard.  By Nicholas Stone (1632) who was paid £66.19.4d.

Atcham - St Eata

Edward Burton (1524) and his second wife Joyce/Jocosa (Coyney) This incised slab was brought from old St Chad's, Shrewsbury
Acton Round
 St Mary theVirgin

Sir Whitmore Acton (1731) & Elizabeth (1759) Designed by T F Pritchard

Sir Richard Acton (1791) & Lady Ann Acton (1784)

Richard Acton (1703)
Monument erected by his 2nd wife, Hester Acton 1713
Extreme Right: Modern tablet to Stephen Humphries (1865), a Royal Marine, who served at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was buried in the church yard but his grave (below) was only discovered a few year ago when a large tangle of brambles was discovered; the headstone was badly weathered and has been replaced by a new stone.
Albrighton - St Mary Magdalene
Possibly to William de Picheford, priest or an altar. Found buried in south aisle 1853 and moved into church in 1921. 1260-70

Unknown couple, outside church. Medieval

Sir John Talbot (1555) of Albrighton and Grafton and Frances (Gifford) Alabaster.
Astley Abbots - St Calixtus
Far Left: Hannah Phillips (1709) Drowned crossing the Severn on the eve of her wedding. A 'maiden's garland'
Left: Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones (1811) & Hannah rebecca (1824) & their 3 children: Charlotte (1820),  Harriet Emma (1820) & Edmund (1820)
Above Left: Sir Thomas Jones (1782)
Above Central & Right: Rt Rev Thomas Percy Curate here 1752-1754; later Dean of Carlisle and Bishop of Dromore. Author of 'Percy's Reliques'
Left: Mjr Francis Billingsley (1656) & his son Col Billingsley (1646) Kia defending Bridgenorth against the Parliamentary army in St Leonard's churchyard
Aston Botterell
St Michael
Above Far Left: John Botterell (1588) & Wife Large and rather good incised slab
Above: John Botterell (1588) & Wife Note the 'rather coarse detail'
Left: Ann Bishop (1800) 'relict of Thomas Bishop'; John Bishop (1819) son of Richard and Hannah Bishop; Richard Bishop (1827) The relationships are obscure
Right: William Barker (1826) 'and part of his family'. Three daughters who died in infancy. Elizabeth (1824), Ann (1824), William Corsen (1825), Mary (1826), Thomas (1828)
Barrow - St Giles   Clive - All Saints
Rt Hon Thomas Newport, Baron Torrington (1716)  Henry Sprott (1744) & Anna (1763) Also their son Thomas (1740)   Richard Corbet (1684) & Judith (1691) Also ? Hartshorns but not legible   James Stanley Bibby (1904)
Berrington - All Saints
Above: Rebekah Gillam Williams (1827) Signed by Bacon the Younger

Above: Knight  13th century. Cross legs. Oak. Said to be Sir John de Lee
Right: Adah Greaves (1638) Wife of the then rector
Bishop's Castle
St John the Baptist
Claverley - All Saints

Above: said to be Gervase Needham (1703) Vicar. He was ejected by the Long Parliament but resumed his post at the Restoration

Willaim Gatacre (1577) and Eleanor (née Mytton)

Francis Gatacre (1599) and Elizabeth Swierton

'Here lies Richard Spicer merchator and Alice his wife which Richard died the mensis March AD mill'imoCCCCmoXL octavo, cuj animae miseatur Deus, Amen'

Sir Robert Brooke (1558) with Anne (née) Waring and Dorothy (née Gatacre) with 18 children aroud the tomb chest. Alabaster. He was speaker of the House of Commons
Condover - St Mary & St Andrew
Alice Mary Egerton (1868) She died in childbirth in her first year of marriage, the baby dying a month later. An empty cradle is at her feet. By Reginald Cholmondeley, her husband,who had helped Watts with his work (next)

Sir Thomas Cholmondeley (1864) He took the name of Owen, the previous lords of the manor, after inheriting the estate in 1863. By George Frederick Watts

Sir Thomas Scriven (1587) & Margaret (née Corbet) Alabaster. Brought from St Chad's, Shrewsbury

Jane Norton néd Owen, who erected the monument, kneels on the top tier with her husband Bonham Norton; below is her father Judge Thomas Owen (1598) and eldest brother Sir Roger Owen.

Martha Owen (164 1) and baby. Brought from St Chad's, Shrewsbury
 St Peter
Robert Cressett (1728) Catherine Cressett (1680) wife of Sir Robert. Also sons Robert (1678) & Edward 'dyed in his infancy.' Henry Cressett Pelham (1803), Mrs Jane Cressett Pelham (1820), John Cressett Pelham (1838) Thomas Langley (1694) John Dod (1774)
Sir William Fowler (1717) sons Sir Richard (1731) & Richard Sloan (1758) Frances Cressett (1765) wife of the Bishop & their daughter Elizabeth (179_) Dr Edward Cressett (1755), Bishop of Llandaff Barbara Cressett (17136)
High Ercall - St Michael

Above & centre: Knight c 1320-40. Possibly William de Ercall who founded a chantry chapel here for the souls of his parents
Far right:
Priest, 13th century
Hodnet - St Luke
Col John Hill (1814) by John Carline

Blanche Heber (1870). Effigy by her cousin Reginald Cholmondely. Above is the tablet to her grandfather Bishop Reginald Heber (1826), 2nd Bishop of Calcutta, by Chantrey
Hopton Wafers - St Michael

Thomas Botfield 1843 and Lucy (1856) by E H Baily
Industrialist and landowner who rebuilt the church in 1825
Kinlet - St John the Baptist
Probably Isobel Lychefield. She was daughter of Sir John Cornwall and wife of Sir W Lychefield. Note the baby in the folds of her cloak. Alabaster, early 15th century.
Sir John Blount (1531) & Catherine Pershell. He was the grandson of Sir Humphrey (see below). Alabaster. On the tomb chest are weepers - sons and daughters - and shields with supporters in broad panels. (section shown). One of their daughters, also Elizabeth - or 'Bessie' - became mistress to Henry VIII around 1517. In 1519 she bore the King a son, Henry Fitzroy. He than began his affair with Mary Boleyn.

Sir Humphrey Blount (1477) & Elizabeth Alabaster. Tomb chest with weepers under ogee haeaded arches.

Sir George Blount (1548) & Constantia. Alabaster six poster. Note the children also represented with their parents. Below the figures the tomb chest is open at the front and a scultured cadaver is esposed. Note the deliberate medievalism: pointed arches etc.

Lacon William Childe ( 17--)

Thomas Childe (1708) Master of the High Court of Chancery

William Childe (1824) known as 'The Flying Childe' from his expert skill as a horseman

St Leonard
Right: Francis Anderson (1779) & George Johnson (1803) They were monks of Douai who died here while on the English Mission
William Layton Lowndes (1906) Jane A Lowndes (1897)
Anne Edwina Townsend Powell (1986) Churchwarden. Incised metal tablet Ethel May Hoult (1956) Organist. Raised letter on metal plate
Ludford - St Giles
'Here underneath this stone lyeth ye bodye of Wyllyan Foxe in ye countye of Salop esquyer and founder of thyse this churche and the which Wyllyam reedefyed the almes house of Seynt Gyles being decayed, and also Jane hyse wyff, daughter and heyre of Richard Downe of Lulowe. The afordeyd Wyllyam decessed the ...daye of April AD 1554 and the dais Jane deceased the...AD 15...on whose soules Jesu have mercy' They produced nine sons and six daughters.

Above: Sir Job Charlton Bt (1697) MP for Ludlow in several parliaments and justice on the Chester circuit.
Dorothy Charlton (1658) wife of Job Charlton Lettice (Waring) Charlton (1685) 2nd wife of Job Charlton
Ludlow - St Laurence
Sir Robert Townshend (1581) and Alice He was Chief Justice of the Council in the Marches of Wales and Chester

Left: Edmund Waller (1592) and Mary, his first wife. Chief Justice of the Three Shires of South Wales. Alabaster; the iron railings are contemporary.
Above: Edward Waites (1635) and Martha (1629)
Above top row left: Dame Mary Eure (1612) Alabaster (also immediately above)
Theophilus Salwey (1760)
Ambrosia Sydney (1574)

Market Drayton - St Mary

Thomas Bulkeley (1591) & Elizabeth (Grosvenor)

Rowland Corbet (1580)
Moreton Corbet - St Batholomew
Sir Robert Corbet (1513) & Elizabeth (Verdon) (c. 1560).
The window shows the Corbet arms and alliances
Sir Richard Corbet (1567) & Margaret of York
  Andrew Corbet (1771) Rev William Clarke (1786) Judith Corbet (1786) Richard Corbet (1691) The Latin epitaph tells of his devotion to 'Charles the Martyr' Robert Corbet (1829) & Judith (1829)
Corbet Monument - Illegible Latin
Sara, Vincent Corbet & Phineas Fowkes
Otherwise illegible Latin

Frances Corbet (1760), Richard Prynce Corbet (1779), Elizabeth Corbet (1710), Andrew Corbet (1796), Richard & Judy (children of Richard Prynce, who died in infancy)

Sir Andrew Corbet (1835) & Mary (1852)
Morville - St Gregory
Sir Edward Acton (1716) & Dame Mary (1713)
Neen Sollars
All Saints
Humfrey Conyngesby (1624) Alabaster. '....he was a great traveller by his own affections....never after seene by any of his aquantances on this side, the seas or beyond, nor any certainty known of his death, where when, or how from his first journey to his last was 16 yeares & 6 months...'
Norton-in-Hales - St Chad

Sir Rowland Cotton & Frances (1606) Alabaster, now in porch. She died in childbirth, the baby girl also dying. She is shown holding a naked baby to her breast
Pitchford - St Michael
Incised alabaster slabs:
Above left  Thomas Ottley (1534) & Katherine (Corbet)
Above centre  W
illiam Ottley (1530) & Margery (Bruyn)
Above right
Adam Ottley (1578) & Mary (1587) Signed by John Tarbrook of Bewdley, carver.
Quatt - St Andrew
Above: Mary Wolryche (Griffiths) (1678) She holds a lutr
Right; Francis Wolryche (1614) & Margaret (Bromley) She has a baby by her side.
St Martin's - St Martin  

Above and Right: 'Here under lyeth the body of Margaret the wife of Thomas Cupper gent: who departed this life the 5th day of January AD 1695. She left issue behinde her (to wit) Thomas and Margaret. Aged 21'
Far Right: Richard Phillips (1821) and 2ns son Richard, Ensign in the 17th Regiment of the Hon India Company. Died at sea off the Cape of Good Hope on return from India 1852 aged 20. Also Catherine (1857 at 28); Mary (1856 at 86) Phillips Signed C M Seddon fecit of Liverpool
Shifnal - St Andrew

Right: Oliver Briggs - or Brigges (1596) Alabaster
'Here lieth  Humphrey Brigges of Haughton esq and Anne his wife one of the daughters of Robert Moreton of Haughton esq...He died the 8th of April 1626 and had by the said Anne one sonns and one daughter."

Shipton St James  

   ‘ ..... And it was in the winter or 1958-59 that Sir Jasper Mores of Linley, near Bishop's Castle, decided to explore a trunk in his attic and found a document that blew the lid on the 17th century scandal which led to four More children from Shropshire being sent on the Mayflower. Previously the Mores on the passenger list had been assumed by historians to be orphans from the streets of London.
  Mr Harris explains that Samuel and Katherine More were cousins who married at Shipton in 1611 and lived at Larden Hall.
They had four children. Or rather, Katharine did. Samuel noticed most of the children looked like one Jacob Blakeway, "a fellow of mean parentage and condition." from nearby Brockton, He accused Katharine of adultery.
    After a bitter legal hattle, Samuel won control of the children, and packed them off to America on the Mayflower under the care of the Pilgrim Fathers.
When the ship sailed in 1620, Jasper was six, Richard was five, Mary was four, and Ellen was eight.


Left: Mary Mitten (1640)
Above: More Childred who sailed on the Mayflower. Plaque  presented by the Society of Mayflower Descedants1996 

According to Mr Harris, Jasper and Ellen probably died aboard the ship while it was anchored off Cape Cod and may never have set foot in America. Mary died during the winter. Only Richard survived, with his guardians William and Mary Brewster.
He married in 1636 and moved to Salem. A ketch owner, he traded at sea and may have made voyages to England, although there is no record of his seeking contact with the Mores.
Mr Harris says that in old age Richard acquired a reputation as a sinner. Salem church records for 1688, when he was in his seventies, say: "Old Captain More, having been for many years under suspicion & a common fame of lasciviousness ... was at last ... convicted before justices of peace by three witnesses of gross unchastity with another man's wife."
There is a parish register record in Stepney in 1645 recording the marriage of one Richard More of Salem to Elizabeth Woolno of Limehouse - which, if it was the same Richard More, would mean he had a wife on both sides of the Atlantic. He died in 1695.
This Shropshire lad, embroiled in scandal both in his early life and in his twilight years, was the last male survivor of the Mayflower ...’
1. Shrewsbury Abbey (Church of the Holy Cross), Abbey Foregate
2. St Alkmund's The medieval church was demolished, except for the tower, in the scare following the collapse of St Chad's; a new church was 1793-5. Few monuments remain from the old church.
3. St Chad's New church, 1790-2. Most of the Old Church collapsed in 1788; one chapel survives. Princess Street.
4. St Mary's St Mary's Place
Shrewsbury Abbey

Above: Said to be Roger de Montgomery (1094) founder of the Abbey. Monument is c 1250-70
Right: 13th century judge from Old St Chad's
Far Right: John Lloyd (1647) Draper

Above & right: William Charlton (c. 1532) & Anne (Hoorde/Horde) (1524) Alabaster. From Wellington.
Below & below right: Solicitor-general Richard Onslow (1571) & Catherine (Harding) (1599). From Old St Chad's
St Alkmund   St Chad

Margary Humphreston (c. 1500) and her two husbands, John Hervy (1470) and John Humphreston (1497) Under John Hervy were 3 daughters and 1 son; under John Humphreson, 6 sons and 6 daughters. These were lost c 1790.
    William Hazledine iron-master (1840) Bust by Chantry; surround by J & J Carline.. He built the Menai Bridge. John Simpson (1815) Bust by Chantry; surround by J & J Carline. Paid for by Thomas Telford. He built the church and the Caledonian Canal William James Clement (1870) surgeon, MP,  JP
St Mary

Above: Col Charles Robert Cureton (1848) Killed at Ramnagar, India when leading the 14th light dragoons. By Westmacott
Admiral John Benbow (1702) He of the song and Treasure Island inn. Born at Coton Hall in this parish; died of wounds Kingston, Jamaica, where he was buried, following action with a French Squadron off Carthagena. Monument paid for by public subscription. By Evan Thomas c 1840 in imitation of an earlier style
Far right:
Nicholas Stafford, 'Town Bailiff' (1471) and Catharine Meverell (1463) Alabaster incised slab.

Stoke upon Tern
St Peter

Sir Reginald Corbet, Justice of the King's Bench, (1566) & Alice (1603) (Gratwood/Gratewood) Alabaster effigies
Worfield - St Peter
Above & below left: George Bromley (Chief Justice of Cheshire) (1588) & Joan (Waveton) Alabaster
Right & below right:
Sir Edward Bromley (1626) & Margaret (Lowe) Alabaster

Whitchurch - St Michael

Above and Right: John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury (1453) The effigy comes from the churdch which collapsed in 1711, but is much restored. The arch is of 1847

Above and Left: Sir John Talbot (1550) Alabaster effigy
Wroxeter - St Andrew
Above & Top Right: Sir Richard Newport (1570) & Lady Margaret neé Bromley  (1578) Alabaster Above Bottom: Thomas Burt (1627) The inscription is very legible

John Barber & Wife
Chief Justice Sir Thomas Bromley (1555) & Mable Alabaster. He was an executor of Henry VIII's will and Lord Chief Justice under Edward VI & Mary I. The standing figure on the side of the tomb chest is of Margaret, their daughter, who married Sir Richard Newport, whose monument is shown above. Note the various badges at the sides of the principal figures on these monuments
Mary (1743), her husband John Cornfield (1777) and Laraell Cornfield Sir Francis Newport, 1st Earl of Bradford (1708). Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire and created earl by William III Illegible3 Lady Anne Torrington  (1734)'widdow' of Rt Hon Thomas Newport, Baron Torrington

 The photographs were kindly provided byJean McCreanor and  by Dr John Davis. To whom grateful thanks.

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