Hopton Wafers

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Hopton Wafers
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St Michael and All Angels Church, Hopton Wafers
Hopton Wafers is located in Shropshire
Hopton Wafers
Hopton Wafers
Location within Shropshire
Population753 (2011)
OS grid referenceSO636765
Civil parish
  • Hopton Wafers
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDY14
Dialling code01299
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′06″N 2°32′02″W / 52.385°N 2.534°W / 52.385; -2.534Coordinates: 52°23′06″N 2°32′02″W / 52.385°N 2.534°W / 52.385; -2.534

Hopton Wafers is a small village and civil parish in south Shropshire, England. The population of the public parish at the 2011 census was 753.[1] It is located on the A4117 road to the west of the market town of Cleobury Mortimer.

Its unusual-sounding name is derived from Old English hop (a side valley running off a larger valley, originally from a Celtic word) and tun (farm or settlement), along with the name of Robert de Wafre, an early holder of the manor.[2]

A post-medieval glassworks was located in Hopton Wafers which produced glass in the 17th and 18th centuries.[3]

The village church, St Michael and All Angels, was built in 1825: a Norman church had previously stood on the site, but had become dilapidated. The works were funded by Thomas Botfield, who had purchased the manor in 1812.[4]

There is a pub in the village, named The Crown at Hopton.[5]

The county's last remaining emergency escape lane (a sand trap for vehicles unable to brake) was removed in 2014 after being deemed both obsolete and potentially dangerous; it was located at the foot of Hopton Bank (on the A4117).[6]


The 2L bus service (Ludlow-Bewdley-Kidderminster) provides regular public buses Monday to Saturday.[8]

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gelling and Foxall, The place-names of Shropshire, Volume 1, English Place-Name Society, 1990, p.159
  3. ^ "Shropshire's History Advanced Search | Shropshire's History Advanced Search". search.shropshirehistory.org.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. ^ Cleobury Benefice Hopton Wafers
  5. ^ "The Crown Inn at Hopton Wafers DY14 0NB". crownathopton.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ Shropshire Star Shropshire motorists put faith in brakes as escape lane reaches end of road (21 May 2014)
  7. ^ [1] There is a small family farm owned by the Auger family located in Hopton Wafers outputting fresh fruit to the surrounding area.
  8. ^ Worcestershire bus info 2L route

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