Alberbury Kellys Shropshire Directory 1863

Alberbury is a parish and small village, 0 miles west from Shrewsbury station, 18 from Welchpool, partly in Ford hundred, Salop, and partly in Deythur and Cawse hundreds, Montgomeryshire, Atcham union, Shrewsbury county court district, South Salop, rural deanery of Pontesbury, Salop archdeaconry, and Hereford bishopric. It is divided into Upper and Lower Quarters. The Upper Quarter consists of the townships of Great Wollaston, Bulthey, Winnington, and Trefnant. The Lower Quarter consists of the townships of Alberbury, Eyton, Shrawardine, Rowton, Amaston, and Bausley. The townships of Uppington, Middletown, and Criggion, each maintain their own poor. There are chapels of ease at Great Wollaston and at Criggion. The parish church of St. Micliael, an old stone building, has nave, chancel, and aisle (the latter belonging to Loton estate), a tower with clock and 5 bells; in the aisle are wall tablets and brasses to the Leighton family, and a stained glass window; in the nave are wall tablets and a window in memory of the Lyster family; in the chancel are seven memorial windows of stained glass, placed there in 1853, by John Lloyd, Esq. The earliest date of register is 1564. The living is a vicarage, composition for vicarial tithes, £156 15s. 10d. yearly, with residence and 35 acres of glebe land, in the gift of All Souls’ College, Oxford; the Rev. George F. Slade, M.A., All Souls’ College, Oxford, is the incumbent. There is a National school for boys and girls, endowed with £3 8s. per annum by the Fellows of All Souls’ College. Loton Park is the seat of Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., M.P., and Rowton Castle the seat of Henry Lyster, Esq. Adjoining the church are the ruins of an ancient castle; and a farm, about half a mile distant, is the White Abbey. On Bausley Hill is a Roman encampment, and barrows are scattered about the parish. The population in 186I was 1,918; the acreage is 9,599. This district was closely settled by the Romnns.

Alberbury township, in Ford hundred and division, contains 3,143a. 3r. 13p. Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., M.P., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The population in 1861 was 632.

Red Abbey, White Abbey, The Hayes, Lower Wood, Stanford, Paddock, and Braggington Hail are places here.

Bulthey township, distant 3 miles west-south-west, contains 179a. 3r. 13p. The Bank and Play-y-Court are places here.

Rowton and Amaston are joint townships, in Ford hundred and division, distant respectively 1½ and 2½ miles south-east, and contain 1,522a. 0r. 23p. Henry Lyster, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. Here is Rowton Castle.

Trefnant township, distant 4½ miles south-west, contains 527a. 3r. 20p. There is a mill called Dingle Mill.

Winnington, a township, 3 miles south-west, contains 1,604a. 3r. 19p. Mrs. Oldnall is principal landowner. The Glyn, in this township, is the birthplace of “Old Parr.” The Lodge, Hall Mill, and the Wood Leasowes are places here.

Wollaston, a township and chapelry in Ford division and hundred, distant 2 miles south-west, contains 496a. 0r. 18p.; the population in 1861 was 367. The chapel, rebuilt in 1788, is a barn-like stone building, with wooden turret and 1 bell. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the vicar of Alberbury, and held by the Rev. John H. Harris, M.A. Near the chapel is a barrow. Wollaston forms part of the upper quarter of Alberbury.

Shrawardine is a township, in Ford hundred and division, Shropshire.

Eyton is a township, in Ford hundred and division.

Ford is a township, partly in this parish, which gives name to the hundred and division.

Bausley, a township in Deythur hundred, Montgomeryshire, distant about 4 miles, contains 1,684a. 2r. 2p.; the population in 1861 was 404.

Criggion, Upper and Lower, a township, in Cawse hundred, Montgomeryshire, distant about 6 miles, contains 2,401a. 1r. 4p., with a population in 1861 of 187. — Vickers, Esq., is the chief landowner.

Middletown, a township in Montgomeryshire, distant about 5 miles, contains 736a. 3r. 11p.

Uppington, a township in Montgomeryshire, distant about 7 miles, contains 1,002a. 0r. 14p.

Parish Clerk, Henry Poulter.


Leighton Sir Baldwin, bart. M.P. Loton pk

Severne Rev. William, Whiston Priory

Slade Rev. George F. M.A. Vicarage

Bretchell Colliery Co. (limited)

Bromley Thomas, farmer, Shrewden

Crane George, farmer, Benthall

Davenport Benjamin, farmer, Amaston

Davis Edward, manager to Bretchell Colliery Co

Derwas Thomas, farmer, Hayes

Evans Griffith, tailor

Evans Thomas, farmer, Bragginton

Fox William, blacksmith

Gittins Robert, farmer, Lower wood

Gittins John, farmer, Benthall cross

Jones David, farmer, Eyton

Jones John, farmer, Eyton

Jones John, farmer, The Hole farm

Kempster Richard, farmer, Lower house

Large James, Dragon, &. farmer

Marsh Walter, tailor, Stanford

Middle James, farmer

Morris Samuel, butcher, Paddock

Morris William, farmer, White abbey

Plimley Samuel, farmer

Plumley Henry, farmer. Hilly house

Randles John, farmer, Red abbey

Rogers Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper

Smith John K. farmer

Watkin Evan, farmer, Braggington

Wilde William, farmer, Hayes


Morgan John, farmer, Play-y-court

Speake John, farmer, Bulthey hill

Swaine John, farmer, Bank

Williams Richard, farmer, Bulthey hall


Lyster Henry, esq. Rowton castle

Bennett John, Windmill, & farmer

Dorricott Richard, farmer, Stretton heath

Jones John, farmer

Jukes Richard, farmer

Poulter Richard, blacksmith & shopkeeper

Poulter William, basket maker

Smout Richard, farmer


Brown John, farmer

Edwards John, farmer

Griffiths John, farmer

Kearne George, farmer

Rowlands John, miller, Dingle mill


Brown John, farmer

Brown Thomas, farmer

Edwards Thomas, farmer

Edwards Wm. farmer, Winnington grn

Davies Wm. Rose & Crown, & blacksmith

Jones John, farmer, Glyn common

Jones Thomas, farmer, Hargrave

Maddocks Robert, farmer, The Lodge

Preece Thomas, farmer

Pugh Richard, farmer, Glyn

Rogers Thomas, farmer, Hall mill

Rogers William, farmer. Hall mill

Turner John, farmer, Wood Leasowes


Clemson Thomas, farmer, Parton wood

Clemson Thomas, farmer

Eddowes Thomas, farmer, The Lane

Jones Richard, farmer

Marsh Walter, tailor

Pickford Charles, wheelwright

Smout Francis, farmer

Turner Edward, blacksmith

Post Office. — Miss Elizabeth Rogers, receiver. Letters arrive from Shrewsbury at 8 a.m.; dispatched at 5.20 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Shrewsbury

National School, Samuel Edwards, master; Mrs. Edwards, mistress.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

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