Madeley Shropshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Market Madeley

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1645
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1638

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Madeley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MADELEY, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Salop. The town stands on the Wellington and Severn Junction railway, adjacent to the deflection of branches to Shiffnal and to Coalbrookdale, 1 mile N of a bend of the river Severn, 2 E by N of Ironbridge, and 6 SE by S of Wellington; belonged anciently to Wenlock abbey; got the grant of a market, under that abbey, in the time of Henry II.; is a seat of county courts; and has a post office, under Wellington, Salop, a railway station, a banking office, and a good inn. The market went into disuse, but was revived about the middle of last century; and a new market-house was then erected in Ironbridge. Fairs are held on the last Tuesday of Jan., 29 May, and the second Tuesday of Oct. The parish contains also the town and chapelry of Ironbridge, and part of the village and chapelry of Coalbrookdale. Acres, 2,809. Real property, £59,636; of which £3,159 are in mines, £150 in quarries, £35,827 in iron-works, and £291 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 8,525; in 1861, 9,469. Houses, 1,908. The manor belongs to J. Reynolds, Esq. The scenery, notwithstanding the presence of very-extensive iron-works, is strikingly beautiful; and it derives features of interest from some works of art, particularly the famous iron bridge over the Severn. The substrata contain valuable deposits of coal, ironstone, and potters’ clay. The iron-works of Madeley-wood and Madeley-court employ about 1,500 persons; and porcelain works employ about 500. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £300. Patron, Mrs. Bartlett. The church was rebuilt in 1796; superseded a church of Norman date; is a stone edifice, in the Grecian style, with a tower; and contains a monument to Fletcher, author of “Checks to Antinomianism” and other works, who was vicar. The vicarages of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale are separate benefices. Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels are at Madeley town; and other dissenting chapels are in other parts. A Roman Catholic chapel was built in 1853, and is in the early English style. There are large national schools, an infant school, and charities £18.

The sub-district contains also the parishes of Buildwas and Little Wenlock. Acres, 7,682. Pop., 10,733. Houses, 2,154. The district comprehends also the subdistrict of Broseley, containing the parishes of Broseley, Linley, Willey, Barrow, Benthall, and Posenball; the sub-district of Dawley, containing the parishes of Dawley Magua and Stirchley; and the sub-district of Much Wenlock, conterminate with Much-Wenlock parish. Acres, 27,951. Poor rates in 1863, £7,967. Pop. in 1851, 27,627; in 1861, 30,403. Houses, 5,980. Marriages in 1863, 206; births, 1,090, of which 119 were illegitimate; deaths, 698, of which 308 were at ages under 5 years, and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,693; births, 10,105; deaths, 6,210. The places of worship, in 1851, were 17 of the Church of England, with 7,351 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 310 s.; 4 of Baptists, with 840 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 260 s.; 10 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 3,916 s.; 2 of New Connexion Methodists, with 810 s.; 9 of Primitive Methodists, with 1,112 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 445 s. The schools were 19 public dayschools, with 2,411 scholars; 28 private day-schools, with 612 s.; 31 Sunday schools, with 4,095 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 17 s. The workhouse is in Madeley parish; and, at the census of 1861, had 42 inmates.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court


Madeley (with Broseley, Benthall, Dawley and Barrow) 1791


Madeley (South) & Blists Hill 1901: Madeley (south) and Blists Hill: Shropshire Sheet 43.15 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Shropshire)

Madeley Court 1901: Shropshire Sheet 43.11 (Old O.S. Maps of Shropshire)


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Madeley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Madeley
  • Hundred: Much Wenlock Borough
  • Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Latin Documents relating to the Manor of Madeley in Shropshire by Susan Laflin (Editor)

Madeley Through Time by Alan G. Eaton

Church and Chapel in Industrializing Society: Anglican Ministry and Methodism in Shropshire,

1760-1785 (American University Studies) by D. R. Wilson

An Elegiac Tribute to the Memory of the Rev. John Fletcher, Late Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire. By an old Friend by Evan Thomas

A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Wesley on the Death of the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley in Shropshire by Mary Fletcher

A Letter to the Loving and Beloved People of the Parish of Madeley, and Its Vicinity, Who Have Lost a Friend to Piety in the Death of Mrs. Fletcher, … Flechere,) Late Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire

A Sermon Preached on Occasion of the Death of the Rev. Mr. John Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire. By John Wesley, A.M by John Wesley

Miners and Mariners of the Severn Gorge: Probate inventories for Benthall, Broseley, Little Wenlock and Madeley, 1660-1764 by Barrie Trinder and Nancy Cox

Shropshire Saint: A Study in the Ministry and Spirituality of Fletcher of Madeley by George Lawton

The Landscape of Industry by Judith Alfrey and Catherine Clark

Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting by Geordan Hammond

The Madeley Book: A Short History of Madeley, Woodside and Sutton Hill, Told in the Words of Local People

The Landscape of Industry: Patterns of Change in the Ironbridge Gorge by Judith Alfrey and Catherine Clark

Pitmen, Poachers and Preachers: Life and the Poor Law in the Madeley Union of Parishes 1700-1930