Habberley is a parish and village, 9 ½ miles from Shrewsbury, in the Southern division of the county, Pontesbury division of Ford hundred, Atcham union, and diocese of Hereford. The church of St. Mary is a small stone building. It was re-roofed, re-seated, and otherwise repaired about 1864. The living is a rectory, yearly value £126, with residence and 22 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Frederick Turton Sparrow, Esq. The country around presents many interesting views of picturesque beauty. Frederick Turton Sparrow, Esq., of Habberley Hall, is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The charities amount to £1 10s. yearly. The soil is strong loam; subsoil, clay. The area is 786 acres, and the population in 1861 was 112; gross estimated rental, £1,074; rateable value, £1,001.
Letters from Shrewsbury through Pontesbury.
Aston Rev. Thomas B., M.A.
Sparrow Fredk. Turton esq. The Hall
Everall Thomas and Edward, farmers
Haughton Edward, farmer
Higley Thomas, wheelwright
Inions John, Mytton’s Arms inn
Lewis Richard miller and blacksmith
Perks Thomas, farmer Marsley
Speake William, farmer
Wood Brittain Dawes, farmer and land agent.
Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871