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Hordley Church
Hordley is located in Shropshire
Hordley shown within Shropshire
Population292 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ379308
Civil parish
  • Hordley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY12
Dialling code01691
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°52′16″N 2°55′19″W / 52.871°N 2.922°W / 52.871; -2.922Coordinates: 52°52′16″N 2°55′19″W / 52.871°N 2.922°W / 52.871; -2.922

Hordley is a small and rural village and civil parish in North Shropshire, Shropshire, England. The population of this Civil Parish at the 2011 census was 292.[1]

It lies a few miles south of Ellesmere.


Hordley takes its name from the Hoord Family of whom Henry de Hoord (c.1170) is the first recorded member.

"'In 1215, King John confirms to the Prior and Monks of Durham a gift which Henry de Hoord made to them.'[2]

It is thought that the name itself is of Scandinavian origin, there being a family name of Hord in Sweden. Furthermore, the arms of the Hoord family includes a raven, commonly associated with the Norse invaders of the time.


The original medieval manor is thought to have occupied the site where today stands Hordley Manor, a much later building. Some stonework in the cellar of the current building is thought to date from the original building.

Sir Roger Kynaston (c.1433 - 1495), founded the Kynaston of Hordley line. The Kynastons were lords of the manor for a time, and later Kynaston graves can be seen in Hordley Church.

Within the parish boundaries is another small village - Bagley.

To the south lies Baggy Moor, once a large area of peat bog, which was inclosed and drained in the late 18th century. Prior to that time Hordley would have been situated on the banks of a shallow mere, one of the largest in North Shropshire (1283 acres).[3]


Hordley is set down to mainly arable crops, with some dairy farming. Towards the Lower Hordley end of the village is the factory of ABP, an abattoir which prepares, matures and packages beef.

Towards the west, there are attractive views of many hills. The River Perry runs through it, joining the River Severn into Shrewsbury. It is generally a quiet, rural area.

Within reach of this village are many easily accessible towns, including Ellesmere, Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

On one day there is a post office set up in the village hall.

It is usually taken that the village is split into two parts, Top and Lower Hordley. This is probably because of the long distance of road separating the two halves with nothing but field either side. Within the upper part there is St. Marys Church which is still in regular use, surrounding this is a small area of grave yards. There is also a farm and some small clusters of housing. Within Lower Hordley is a larger quantity of housing and farms, and the village hall.

The Weston Lullingfields branch of the Ellesmere Canal passed around Top Hordley and through Lower Hordley until its closure in 1917.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ Hord, Rev.Arnold Harris (1897). A Genealogy of the Hord Family. New York Public Library: I B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.
  3. ^ Dodd, 'Salop. Agric.' 24–9, 54, 56, 128, 139–40; S.R.O. 671/1; Plymley, Agric. of Salop. 223

External links[edit]

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