Boscobel is a parish, 3 miles east from Tong, 6 east from Shifnal, and 8 from Wolverhampton, in the Southern division of the county, Shifnal division of Brimstree hundred, Shifnal union, and diocese of Lichfield. Boscobel House is remarkable as being the hiding-place of Charles II., when he fled from the battle of Worcester, pursued by Cromwell; conducted by the Earl of Derby, he was concealed in a hole entered by a small trap door, which remains as it originally was, in the oaken floor of the cheese room, the house being then occupied as a farm; a diligent search was made for the king, but he escaped through a secret opening in connection with the chimney, and took refuge in a tree near the house, thickly covered with ivy; this tree has long disappeared; but another, on its site, and grown from one of its acorns, stands surrounded by an iron railing to protect it; at a short distance from the house stand also the remains of a convent, called the “White Ladies,” as distinct from another, called, “Black Ladies,” at Bishop’s Wood, in Staffordshire. The Misses Evans are ladies of the manor and principal landowners. The soil is a strong loam; the subsoil, red sandstone. The area is 600 acres, and the population in 1861 was 22; gross estimated rental, £859; rateable value, £773.
Letters are received from Wolverhampton.
Evans Misses, Boscobel house
Wilson Thomas, farmer
Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871