Little Wenlock is a parish and village, 3 miles from Wellington, 3 from Ironbridge, and 11 from Shrewsbury, in the Southern division of the county, Wenlock franchise, Madeley union, and diocese of Hereford; it is pleasantly situated under the south side of the Wrekin, commanding some fine views over a picturesque and delightful district. The Wrekin stands partly in this parish. The church of St. Lawrence is an old building in good repair. The living is a rectory, yearly value £548 8s., with residence and 9 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Lord Forester. A parochial day school is supported by children’s payments and the rector. The charities are of £5 11s.8d. yearly value. This valley is supposed to have been the scene of a battle at some remote period; in the year 1835 a labourer, in cutting a drain, about 100 yards from the road from Little Wenlock to Wellington, came upon a heap of broken spears, numbering between two and three hundred; in the immediate vicinity are five barrows, which were opened about 1840, but nothing was discovered in them. The minerals are ironstone, coal, and limestone. Lord Forester is lord of the manor and sole landowner. The soil is a mixture of clay and gravel; subsoil, various. The area is 2,745 acres, and the population in 1861 was 988; gross estimated rental, £4,559; rateable value, £4,188.
Huntingdon is a hamlet, 1 mile east from the church.
Coalmore is a hamlet, 1 mile south from the church.
Letters are received through Wellington.
Edmonds Rev. George, M.A., Rectory
Edmonds William, esq., Rectory
Edwards Edward, esq. Leasowes
Banks James, shoe maker
Boore Mary, shopkeeper
Brisbane Mr., farmer
Davis Thomas, farmer and maltster
Finney George, Swan inn
Harper Daniel, farmer, Wrekin farm
Harries Edwin Alex., Spread Eagle inn
Jones Edward, Peacock inn
Jones John, farmer
Morris John, blacksmith
Morris Richard, blacksmith, New works
Morris Richard, Labour-in-vain Inn, Horsehy
Owen Thomas, farmer
Peake William, shopkeeper, New works
Steele George, farmer, Moors farm
Walker Edward, wheelwright
Webster George, farmer, The Willow moors
Dawes Benjamin, maltster
Pooler William, farmer
Yates Katherine, farmer
Boycott Thomas, shopkeeper
Getley Edward, farmer
Shepherd Richard, farmer
Wall William, beer retailer
Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Shropshire. Printed Shrewsbury 1875.