Aug 20, 2008Public
Photo: Worfield Village
There were a number of Bishton families living in and around Donington from the C15th. One Robert Bishton b1712 in Boningale moved to Worfield with his wife Elizabeth.
Photo: Robert and Elizabeth's five children, born between 1737 and 1752, seem to be the first Bishtons born in Worfield
Photo: It must be remembered that Worfield is the name of a parish as well as the village.
Photo: By 1800 there were dozens of Bishtons in the Parish.
Photo: In 1808 my great, great grandmother Tryphaena was born to Thomas and Ann. This was a year after her (possibly) 2nd cousin James was born to Samuel and Sarah.
Photo: Thomas's baptism record has not yet been found, making it difficult to determine who exactly his parents were.
Photo: James married Hannah Perry here in Worfield in 1829 and had four children: Eliza b1829, Charles b1831, James b1833 and Valentine b1835.
Photo: St Peter's, Worfield
Photo: Tryphana Bishton married George Granger of Trysull at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 20th November 1828.
By 1851 they had had 10 children and lived in Lower Penn. In 1861 they were living in Compton near to Wolverhampton with their youngest, Charlotte, my great-grandmother.
Photo: The home of the owners of much of the land around Quatt near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. 
Now cared for by the National Trust.
Photo: Names associated with Dudmaston include Abraham Darby and Charles Babbage.
The estate would have employed many of the local people.
Photo: In 1841 we find James & Hannah's children living with Hannah's 65 year old mother, Ann Perry, in Rookery Cottage on the Dudmaston Estate.  We assume that James and Hannah had died.
Photo: The view from the cottage. In the dip is the river Severn.
Photo: In the early 1800's the Severn would have been full of working boats and trows moving raw materials and goods between Coalbrookdale and Gloucester.
Photo: Practically all of the boat-haulage businesses lost their trade to the railway which opened in 1862.  
Today, the Severn Valley Railway is all about nostalgia, recreation and education.
Photo: The current form of Rookery Cottage is much more idyllic, having been extended twice but is still remotely situated. No main roads leading up to the front door.
Photo: Just the left-hand end of the building is original.
Photo: Ann would have had her work cut out having to find room for the four children in this single-storey, sandstone dwelling.
She was still living here, alone at 75yrs, in 1851 - she was described as an 'Outdoor Pauper' in the census.
Photo: Charles might have found work at Dudmaston.
Photo: ... but by 1861, he was married to Elizabeth and working as an 'AgLab' in Trescott.
Photo: The area is still very much an agricultural one.
Photo: Meanwhile in Donington another branch of the Bishtons was flourishing. 
Here's the Parish Church near Albrighton. Note the Yew Tree