Albrighton is a village, extensive parish, and railway station, 8 miles north-west from Wolverhampton (its post town), 5 south-east from Shiffnal (its poor-law union and petty sessions town), 11 north-east from Bridgnorth, about 22 east-south-east from Shrewsbury, and 148¾ by rail from London, in the Shiffnal division of Brimstree hundred, Shrewsbury county court district, Shiffnal union and rural deanery, South Salop, Salop archdeaconry, and Lichfield bishopric. It is situated on the old turnpike road from Wolverhampton to Chester. The church of St. Mary Magdalene is an old stone building, which has been restored in the Decorated style; it has a tower with 6 beautiful bells, nave, aisles, porch, chancel, a new organ, several monuments, one of which is very curious, of the Early English period of architecture and belonging to the thirteenth century; this monument stands outside the church. The register dates from 1555. The living is a rectorial endowed vicarage, value £625 yearly, with residence and about 25 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Haberdashers’ Company and Christ’s Hospital alternately; the Rev. George Windus Woodhouse, M.A., St. Mary’s Hall, Oxford, is the incumbent. A school was built for boys and girls In 1856. Fairs are held on the second Monday in January, first Mondav in March, 23rd of May, and third Mondav in October, for fat and store stocks, sheep, horses, &c. Albrighton Hall, the residence and property of George Jones Barker, Esq., is a neat stucco building, with ornamental pleasure grounds. The population of the parish in 1861 was 1,156, and of the chapelry 78; the area is 3,365a. 0r. 7p. The soil is a rich loam; the subsoil is partly clay and marl and red sandstone. The Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot (who is lord of the manor), the Earl of Dartmouth, George Jones Barker, Esq., John Jones, Esq., and George Robinson, Esq., are the chief landowners. In this parish are situated the Wolverhampton Waterworks. There are charities of about £70 yearly value.

Parish Clerk, John Totty.

Barker Geo. Jones, esq. Albrighton hall

Bidwell Henry, M.D

Bishton Rev. Henry

Boulton Mr. Thomas

Boulton Mr. William

Bourne Mrs

Briscoe John Edward, esq

Corbett Mr. Richard

Dale Miss

Hooper Mr. Thomas

Hope Richard, esq

Isaac Rev. Charles Powys, M.A

Larkin Charles Robert, esq

Law Mr. Richard

Lord Mrs

Loxdale James, esq. J.P. Sutton house

Miller Mr. Richard, Whiston grange

Mitchell Mrs

Price Mrs. Hope

Price Richard Hope, esq

Richards Mr. George

Ross Mrs

Sutton. Mr. William

Stubbs Orlando, esq. Whiston cross

Thomas Mrs

Walters Benjamin, esq.

Walton Frederick, esq. St. Cuthbert’s pl

Wilkes Mr. John

Woodhouse Rev. George Windus, M.A

Yates Mr. Henry

York Samuel, esq. Brooklands


Alcock William, stonemason

Austin Frederick, butcher

Austin George, maltster

Bailey George & John, maltsters

Bailey John, farmer, Parkside

Beck Henry, grocer &c

Bidwell Henry, surgeon

Boulton William, manure agent

Brewster Richd. farmer, Harriet’s hayes

Bucknall William, farmer, & Crown inn, commercial & posting house, & agent to Allsopp & Sons & Manders, ale, porter & stout brewers

Butler William, wheelwright

Caddick Isaac, farmer, High house

Coombs Lawrence, inland revenue offier

Cope James, mining engineer

Cottrill Thomas, tailor

Delf John, linen draper, silk mercer, milliner, haberdasher, clothier & hattr

Dickins Richard, registrar of births & deaths

Eardley William, saddler

Earp Elizabth.(Mrs.),farmr. Cosford hall

Fletcher Thomas, boot & shoe maker

Hammersley Susanna (Mrs.), milliner

Harper William, coal dealer

Harris Henry, plumber &c.

Howell Thomas, blacksmith

Husselby William, bailiff to the Earl of Dartmouth, Wildecot

Jebon Joseph, farmer, Harriet’s hayes

Jones Hannah (Mrs.), toy dealer

Jones Harriotte (Miss), dressmaker

Larkin Charles Robert, surgeon

Meredith John, painter & glazier

Molineux George, grocer

Moore Paul, higgler

Moore Thomas, higgler

Morris Thomas, watch & clock maker

Nickolds Edward, shopkeeper

Nickolds Thomas, watch & clock maker

Noyes Emma & Ann (Misses), school, Davenhill house

Oatley John, farmer, Bishton hall

Patten Margaret (Mrs.), school

Perks Mary (Mrs.), butcher

Perry John, butcher

Pershouse Ezekiel, farmer, Beamish

Pugh John, Whiston Cross, Whiston cross

Ralph John, potato dealer, Poplars

Ridley George & John, wheelwrights

Roberts John, Shrewsbury Arms

Russell Benjamin, tailor &c

Shepherd Richard, miller

Stanley Edward, shoemaker

Steele Alfred, Old Bush

Taylor John, shoemaker

Taylor John, shoemaker. New house

Taylor William, shoemaker, New house

Thomas & Fletcher, builders

Thomas Thomas, carpenter

Tomkins John, grocer

Totty George, bricklayer

Totty John, overseer

Totty William, tailor

Ward John, blacksmith

Webster Frederick Taylor, farmer, Bowling green

Wedge Daniel, bootmaker

Wheeler Bessy (Mrs.), carrier

Wolverhampton Waterworks (Joseph Crowther, manager), Cosford

Yates John, fanner, The Elms

Post Office & Post Office Savings Bask. — Thomas Hammersley, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Wolverhampton at 6.56 a.m.; dispatched at 7.14 p.m. Money orders issued & paid from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m

Insurance Agents : —

London & Liverpool, Henry Beck

Western Life, George Austin

District Fire Office Engine Station, Wm. Bucknal, agent & keeper Thomas Howell, engineer

Registrar of Births & Deaths, Richard Dickins

Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway, William James, station master

National School, Alfred Walker, master; Mrs. Letitia Walker, mistress

Carrier to Wolverhampton.— Mrs. Bessy Wheeler, every monday, Wednesday & Saturday, to the ‘Star,’ John street Wolverhampton.

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.