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Stoke St Milborough

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Godestoch 1086 DB
  • Stok' 1231 Cur, Cl
  • Stoke 1316 FA
  • Stok' Milburge, Stok' Prioris 1271-2 Ass
  • Stoke St Milburgha 1272 Pat
  • Stok Milborowe 1297 ChanR
  • Stoke Milburgha 1331 Pat 1348 PRDittonPriors 1803
  • Stokemilborough' 1334 SR
  • Stokemulburgh 1405 SBL6990
  • Stoake Milborrough 1672 HTR
  • Stok Milburg 1350 Pat
  • Stocke Milburne 1535 VE
  • Milburghstoke 1389 Pat
  • Mylbornstoke 1577 Saxton
  • Milborow Stoke 1602 PR(H)
  • St Milburge Stoake c.1612 SBL15691
  • Milverstoke 1687etfreqto1700 PR(H)
  • Stoke Mil(l)vero 1723 PR(H)

Etymology

This Stoke belonged to the Priory of St Milborough (OE  Mildburh ) at Much Wenlock, and the affixes refer to this, including Godes - in DB. The Milver - form of the saint's name is noteworthy.The first instance noted of the modern spelling is 1729 PR(H) 15.

Stoke St Milborough is the most southerly of the group of parishes which made up the Borough or Franchise of Wenlock. It was divided into the three townships of Cleedownton, Cleestanton and Stoke.

Major Settlements