Wem, Shropshire Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Tilley, Tilley and French, Wolverley, Aston, Cotton, Soulton, Lacon, Lowe and Ditches, Northwood, Sleap, and Horton.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1583

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Irvingite/Catholic Apostolic Church, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wem

  • Loppington
  • Broughton
  • Moreton Corbet
  • Ellesmere
  • Edstaston
  • Weston under Redcastle
  • Whixall
  • Lee Brockhurst
  • Newtown
  • Clive
  • Myddle
  • Prees
  • Bettisfield

Historical Descriptions

Aston

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Aston, in Wem parish. P. 212

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Aston. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 1 mile east of Wem. 51 houses, 262 inhabitants.

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

Cotton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Cotton. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford North. 75 houses, 458 inhabitants. 3 miles north of Wem.

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

Horton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Horton. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 1 ½ mile north-west of Wem.

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

Lacon

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Lacon. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 4 houses, 45 inhabitants. 1 ½ mile north-east of Wem.

Part of Lacon is said to belong to one Bannister, who was steward to the unfortunate Duke of Buckingham, in the reign of Richard the third. The memory of Bannister is rendered infamous by his base treachery to his master.

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

Lowe and Ditches

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Lowe and Ditches. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 13 houses, 93 inhabitants. Lowe, 1 mile north-west, – Ditches, 1 mile north-west by west of Wem.

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

Northwood

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Northwood. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 33 houses, 182 inhabitants. 4 miles north-west of Wem.

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

Tilley

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tilley, a township, in the parish and union of Wem, Whitchurch division of the hundred of North Bradford, N. division of Salop, 1 mile (S.) from Wem; containing 333 inhabitants.

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.

Parish Registers

Wem Parish Registers Part I 1583-1744

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. IX (1908)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Wem Parish Registers Part I 1583-1744 – Archive.org

Wem Parish Registers Part II 1745-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. X (1908)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Wem Parish Registers Part II 1745-1812 – Archive.org

Transcriptions

Wem Marriages 1600 to 1602

Wem Marriages 1582 to 1599

The Register of Wem Presbyterian Chapel 1755 to 1814

Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William

Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

The Register of Wem Presbyterian Chapel 1755 to 1814 – Archive.org

The Register of Wem Chapel St. Independent Chapel 1785-1836

Read the complete book online at the Open Library
Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William

Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

The Register of Wem Chapel St. Independent Chapel 1785-1836 – Archive.org

Directories

Wem Universal British Directory 1791

Administration

  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wem
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Wem
  • Poor Law Union: Wem
  • Hundred: North Bradford
  • Province: Canterbury
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