Ruckley and Langley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1875

RUCKLEY AND LANGLEY form a small township, about 1 mile east from Acton Burnell, and 5 ½ miles west from Much Wenlock. The chapel is a small structure, where divine service is performed only twice a year. The living is a curacy, and the parishoners have the power of electing an incumbent, paying him a stipend of about 30s. a year. Sir Charles Frederick J. Smythe, Bart., is lord of the manor and sole landowner. King Charles during his troubles was for a short period concealed at Langley Hall, an ancient mansion, now a farm house in the occupation of Mr. Hayward. The population in 1861 was 78. Gross estimated rental, £1,385 ; rateable value, £1,320. Letters through Shewsbury.

Acton Burnell.

Giles Rev. Francis S. (Catholic)

Sarjeantson Rev. William, m.a.,Rectory

Smythe Sir C. F. J., bart. d.l.

Bould Richard, bricklayer

Edwards John, gardener

Foreman Robert, bailiff to Sir C. F. J. Smythe, bart

Harvey John, shoe maker

Jukes Thomas, farmer

Perks Thomas, shopkeeper

Pinches Richard, carpenter

Reynols Ann, butcher

Southern Matilda, Stag’s Head

Wainwright Humphrey, farmer

Acton Pigot.

Perry Graddon, farmer and maltster

Vickridge Joshua, shopkeeper


Edwards John, farmer

Perks William, tailor

Powell Thomas, farmer

Vines Jesse, farmer


Hayward Mr., farmer, Langley hall

Steadman Richard, farmer, Park gate

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Shropshire. Printed Shrewsbury 1875.


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