Plowden, Shropshire

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Topiary at Plowden
Plowden is located in Shropshire
Plowden shown within Shropshire
OS grid reference SO384875
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY7
Dialling code 01588
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
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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.


  1. ^ "North Lydbury". GENUKI. 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. 
  4. ^ Dickins, Gordon (1987). An Illustrated Literary Guide to Shropshire. Shropshire Libraries. pp. 68, 107. 
  5. ^ "Plowden". Literary Heritage: West Midlands. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pastoral Spiritual and Practical Care to the Local Communities". The Diocese of Shrewsbury. Retrieved 19 July 2010.