Cleobury North

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Cleobury North
Cleobury North Church.jpg
St Peter & St Paul Church, Cleobury North
Cleobury North is located in Shropshire
Cleobury North
Cleobury North
Cleobury North shown within Shropshire
Population87 [1]
OS grid referenceSO622867
Civil parish
  • Cleobury North
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBridgnorth
Postcode districtWV16
Dialling code01746
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°28′37″N 2°33′22″W / 52.477°N 2.556°W / 52.477; -2.556Coordinates: 52°28′37″N 2°33′22″W / 52.477°N 2.556°W / 52.477; -2.556

Cleobury North is a civil parish and small village in south east Shropshire, England. It is situated on the B4364 southwest of the market town of Bridgnorth. To the north is the village of Ditton Priors and to the west is Brown Clee Hill, the county's highest hill.

The Village[edit]

Cleobury North is a parish along the River Rea, under the Clee Hills and is 8 miles S.W of Bridgnorth.[2]

St. Peter and St Paul’s church dates back to the late 12th century, which is a Grade II* listed building (Listing NGR: SO6232087002).[3] Grade II* buildings are of particular special interest with only 5.5% listed as Grade II* in England.[4]

The local bus services are 141 and 143 runs through Cleobury North from Bridgnorth to Ludlow along the B4364, Monday-Saturday.[5] The nearest railway station to Cleobury North is the Ludlow railway station which is 9.97 miles away.[6]


Domesday Book The Domesday Book was a survey for William I which showed who owned what, how much everything was worth and how much the King was owed in tax and rent.[7] The survey showed that Cleobury North had a total population of 9 households with only 2.5 geld of taxable units. The value in 1066 was £0.60 and increased in 1086 to £1, the amount was extremely low as the village only consisted of 4 villagers, 4 smallholders and 1 slave.[8]

Hearth Tax The Hearth Tax was introduced in England in 1662. Records of the Hearth Tax in Cleobury North date back to 1672 which was calculated on the number of fireplaces in a family unit. The records show that 26 households paid in Cleobury North (e.g. Hercules Hide, David Jones and Richard Hudson) and 3 were illegible (Nicholas Millichopp, Thomas Kindsley Esq. and Robert Grove).[9]

Population change Cleobury North had a population of 136 residents in 1801, which increased to 250 in 1911. In 1911 it was at a record high but dwellers started to decrease and ended up with 110 in 1961.[10] The current day population is 87 people which shows it has declined overall throughout the years and has a net negative correlation.[11]

Occupation History During the year of 1831 the highest sector of employment in males 20 years and over was agricultural labour with 20 residents. This was over 44% of the parish males. Other occupation included retail, handicraft and non-agricultural labour with 7 males, and no males were in manufacturing.[12]


Burwarton Show- The Burwarton show is a one-day agricultural show which attracts over 20,000 visitors each year on the first Thursday in August between 8:15am-7pm.[13] Activities include sheep ring, fleece competition and sheep shearing competition. The annual dance which starts the show brought in £8,000 in 2011 which raises money for charities which include the Air Ambulance, Nightingale Nurses and Breast Cancer.[14]

Football- Brown Clee FC are a football club based in the village, who currently play in Division One of the Mercian Regional Football League. They play their home games at the Hall Meadow football field. The grounds of several teams in the league, most notably Brown Clee, were featured in David Bauckham's book Dugouts, which noted the high frequency of dugouts with lockable doors which are also used for storage, a feature seemingly unique to clubs in Shropshire.[15]


At the 2011 census, the village was included in the Burwarton civil parish.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shropshire Map Showing Location of Cleobury North". Population. TravelUK. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ "History of Cleobury North". Location. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ "British Listed Buildings". Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cleobury North. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Listed Buildings". Categories of listed buildings. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Bus Timetables". Public and passenger transport. Shropshire Council. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Big Red Directory". Cleobury North. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Discover Domesday". Domesday Book. The National Archives. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Place: Cleobury [North]". Domesday Book. Open Domesday. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Cleobury North The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672". Hearth Tax Roll. Parishmouse. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Population". Historical statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Shropshire Map Showing Location of Cleobury North". Population. TravelUK. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Industry". Cleobury North historical statistics. Humphrey Southall. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Burwarton Show". Cleobury North. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Burwarton show dance makes £8,000". Farmers Guardian. Farmers Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  15. ^ Bauckham, David (2006). Dugouts. New Holland. ISBN 1-8453-7478-9.

External links[edit]

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