Much Wenlock, Shropshire Family History

Much Wenlock is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Burton, Callaughton, Farley, Farley, Wyke and Bradley, Harley, Wyke and Bradley, Presthope, Walton, Wenlock without Much, Wigwig and Homer, and Harley, Wigwig and Homer.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Much Wenlock

  • Easthope
  • Harley
  • Hughley
  • Bourton
  • Acton Round
  • Stanton Long
  • Buildwas
  • Cressage
  • Benthall
  • Barrow
  • Sheinton

Historical Descriptions

Much Wenlock

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Much Wenlock. A parish in the franchise of Wenlock, a vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Wenlock, and archdeaconry of Salop. 481 houses, 2,200 inhabitants. 12 miles south-east of Shrewsbury. 148 miles north-west of London. LONG 2, 39w. LAT. 52, 37½ N.

The town is ill built, consisting only of two streets, but is a very ancient corporation, and is said to have been the first town that sent members to parliament, by a writ from Edward the Fourth in 1478, when it sent one member; but now, together with Broseley and Little Wenlock, it returns two. The free burgesses, who are the electors, amount to one hundred and ten.

The corporation, by charter from Charles the first, consists of a bailiff, recorder, two justices of the peace, and twelve capital burgesses.

Wenlock gives name to a deanery, and to that part of the hundred, which in Doomsday Book is called Patinterne Hundred. The British name is Llan Meilein, or St. Milburg’s church. In the reign of Richard the second, this place was as famous for copper mines, as it is at present for quarries of lime-stone. Leland describes it as ‘a market towne where was an abbey of blak monkes, passing over an high hille called Wenlock Edge.’ But Wenlock owes its celebrity principally to the remains of an ancient Abbey, subsequently converted to a Monastery for Cluniacs.

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

Burton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Burton. A township and curacy in the parish of Much Wenlock, in the franchise of Wenlock, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Wenlock, and archdeaconry of Salop. 2 ¼ miles south-west of Wenlock.

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

Callaughton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Callaughton. A township in the parish of Much Wenlock, and in the franchise of Wenlock. 1 ½ miles south of Wenlock.

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

Presthope

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Presthope. A township in the franchise of Wenlock.

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

Administration

  • 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
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