Plowden, Shropshire

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Topiary at Plowden
Plowden is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSO384875
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY7
Dialling code01588
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°28′59″N 2°54′47″W / 52.483°N 2.913°W / 52.483; -2.913Coordinates: 52°28′59″N 2°54′47″W / 52.483°N 2.913°W / 52.483; -2.913

Plowden is a hamlet in the parish of Lydbury North, Shropshire, England.[1] It is in the valley of the River Onny and lies 3 miles east of Bishop's Castle. Plowden was one of the stations on the Bishops Castle Railway, which closed in 1935.[2]

Plowden Hall is a grade II* listed building, being a timber framed building dating in part from about 1300,[3] and is described in the novel John Inglesant by Joseph Henry Shorthouse, who drew the place as Lydiard.[4][5] Its owners, the Plowden family, remained Roman Catholics after the Reformation and there is a Roman Catholic church of St Walburga in Plowden.[6] When Edwin Plowden was awarded a life peerage in 1959 he took the title of Baron Plowden of Plowden in the county of Salop. GWR Hall class locomotive 4956 was named after the hall.

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  1. ^ "North Lydbury". GENUKI. Archived from the original on 16 March 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  2. ^ "History". Bishops Castle Railway Society. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (257001)". Images of England. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  4. ^ Dickins, Gordon (1987). An Illustrated Literary Guide to Shropshire. Shropshire Libraries. pp. 68, 107.
  5. ^ "Plowden". Literary Heritage: West Midlands. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Pastoral Spiritual and Practical Care to the Local Communities". The Diocese of Shrewsbury. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010.