Astley Abbots, Shropshire Family History Guide

Astley Abbots is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Alternative names: Astley Abbotts

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1561

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Astley Abbots

  • Bridgnorth St Leonard
  • Willey
  • Bridgnorth St Mary Magdalen
  • Tasley
  • Linley
  • Stockton
  • Barrow
  • Worfield
  • Morville

St Calixtus' parish church, Astley Abbotts
South side of St Calixtus’ parish church, Astley Abbotts, Shropshire, seen from the southeast. The copyright on this image is owned by John M and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Historical Descriptions

Astley Abbots The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Astley (Abbots), a parish in the hund. of Stottesden, union of Bridgnorth, Salop; 2 miles north from Bridgnorth, and within the parliamentary boundary of that borough. Living, a perpetual curacy, not in charge, in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Lichfield. Patron, in 1829, T. Whitmore, Esq. The great and small tithes of Morville and Astley- Abbots, the property of the lay-impropriator and incumbent of Astley-Abbots, commuted in 1773. Here is a school for poor children with a small endowment, bequeathed, in 1805, by Mrs C. Philips. Pop., in 1801, 740; in 1831, 666. Houses 135. Acres 3,330. A. P. £3,571. Poor rates, in 1837, £323.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Astley Abbotts Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Astley-Abbotts, 2 miles N. Bridgenorth. P. 657

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Astley Abbots, a parish, in the union of Bridgnorth, hundred of Stottesden, S. division of Salop, 2 miles (N.) from Bridgnorth ; containing 657 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises about 3200 acres, is intersected by the road from Bridgnorth to Broseley, and by the river Severn. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of T. Whitmore, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for rent-charges amounting to £255. 15., and there are 51 1/2 acres of rectorial glebe. The church, which is in the later English style, was rebuilt in 1638; the chancel is of modern date. A parochial school was endowed by Mrs. C. Phillips in 1805, with £300 in the three per cent. consols.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Astley Abbots Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Astley Abbots. A parish in the Chelmarsh division of the hundred of Stottesden, a curacy, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 138 houses, 664 inhabitants. 2 ¼ miles north-west by north of Bridgnorth.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Poll Books

Astley Abbotts, Poll Book 1865

Directories

Astley Abbotts – Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Administration

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