Dawley Magna Shropshire Family History Guide

Dawley Magna is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Shropshire, created in 1779 from chapelry in Shifnal Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Lightmoor and Dawley Bank.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1666

Nonconformists include: Methodist New Connexion, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Dawley Magna

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Dawley-Magna, a township and a parish in Madeley district, Salop. The township lies on the Shrewsbury canal, and on the Wellington and Severn Junction railway, under the Wrekin, near Horsehay r. station, and 4 miles SE by S of Wellington. It has a post-office of the name of Dawley, under Wellington. The parish includes also Dawley Bank, ¾ of a mile distant, with another post-office there under Wellington; also the townships of Dawley-Parva and Malinslee. Acres, 2,743. Real property, £70,858; of which £37,253 are in ironworks, and £28,442 in mines. Pop., 11,013. Houses, 2,050. The property is divided among a few. Most of the inhabitants are employed in blast furnaces, forges, bar-iron mills, and collieries. Many short railways, for local transit, run among the works. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150. Patrons, R. Phillips, Esq., and others. The church is tolerable. The p. curacies of Dawley-Parva and Malinslee are separate benefices. A Wesleyan chapel, of coloured bricks, with stone dressings, at a cost of about £1,200, was built in 1861. There are chapels also for Baptists, Primitive Methodists, and New Connexion Methodists. Charities, £10.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Dawley Magna Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Dawley Magna. A parish in the Wellington division of the hundred of Bradford, South, a curacy, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Newport, and archdeaconry of Salop. 996 houses, 5,147 inhabitants. 4 miles south-east of Wellington. The parish of Dawley has two large coal and ironworks.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Dawley Universal British Directory 1791

The parish of Dawley, which is situated north of Madeley, has tow large coal and iron works, one of which belongs to Messrs. Francis and John Humphrey, and the other to Isaac Hawkins Brown, Esq. of Bagsore, and Mr. Thomas Botfield, of this place. Here is also an iron-furnace and several forges, belonging to William Reynolds, Esq

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Madeley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Shifnal
  • Poor Law Union: Madeley
  • Hundred: South Bradford
  • Province: Canterbury


  1. Very interesting site. I have relatives from Dawley Magna named Isaiah Poole. I’m planning to visit the location in mid-April 2019. I’m looking for a local family history person who could assist me and my daughter find family information on the Poole’s of Dawley. Can anyone provide some possible connections to a local researcher? Thanks for considering this request. Howard Poole

      1. Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I’ve already contacted the Shropshire Archives and they suggested I visit them and look over some of there records. I was not aware of the Shropshire Family History Society so will work to contact them. Thanks again for providing some direction to my efforts for our visit in April. Howard

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