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Moreton Corbet

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Mortone 1086 DB 1719 PR(L)
  • Morton' Corbet 1255-6 Ass
  • Mortoncorbet 1577 Saxton
  • Moorton' 1334 SBL5413
  • Moorton SBL 5415, Mourton 1347 Cl
  • Moorton Corbett 1586 SBL7065
  • Mourton Corbett 1655 PR(L)
  • Moreton 1381 Fine 1398,1476 Cl
  • Moreton Corbett 1734 PR(L)

Etymology

There would be a great deal of meadow by the R. Roden.The Corbet family is frequently mentioned in connection with this estate in the 13th cent. An alternative affix appears 1271-2Ass , (Morton ' Turet ) and 1322 Pat (Morton Teret ); this is from an earlier owner called Toret (VCH I, p. 299).

Besford township, included here, was a detached part of Shawbury parish, and is shown as such on the 1900 OS 6″ map; but it is territorially in Moreton Corbet and most conveniently treated as a division of this parish. The other townships are Moreton and Preston Brockhurst.

Major Settlements