Pontesbury Parish

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Kathleen B
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When checking the Pontesbury Parish Registers for my family I have noticed that against each entry, when the clergy sign, it says “Rector of the 1st Portion, Rector of 2nd Portion” etc. Can anyone explain what this means, please.  I haven’t seen this before.   Thank you, KMB

 

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Kathleen

Which register was this and what year(s)?

Mike

Kathleen B
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The Shropshire Baptisms on FMP and I was looking at Sarah Jones and her siblings etc She was born in 1834. If you look at the image pages the above words appear in the clergy column for most events. KMB

 

 

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Kathleen

Pontesbury has always been a very large parish with an area of 10,747 acres of land and inland water.  The population in 1931 was 2,806.

The figures above are from my Kelly's Directory of Shropshire 1941 page 196 which also has the following information.

"The living was divided by Bishop's decree, dated July 22nd 1840, into three portions, under the provisions of an Act of Parliament (Vic. 2 and 3, cap 30) each portion being a separate rectory, having its own ecclesiastical district.  The first and second portions were merged into one rectory in 1909 ...
Pontesbury third portion is a rectory with the perpetual curacy of Longden annexed ..."

From the entries in the parish register it would appear the parish had been divided up for some years before it was made official by the Bishop's decree in 1840.

If you locate any trade directory of Shropshire and read the description for the parish of Pontesbury you should find the above and possibly a bit more.

Mike

Kathleen B
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Thank you very Michael, I can understand now. KMB.