Shifnal Shropshire Family History Guide

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

Alternative names: Shiffnal, Shiffnall, Idsall

Other places in the parish include: Aston, Coppice Green, Crackleybank, Grindle, Hatton, Haughton, Hem, Innage, Oakengates, Payne’s Lane, Priorslee, Woodside, Hatton, and Ryton.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1678

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Shifnal

  • Stirchley
  • Tong
  • Sheriffhales
  • Lilleshall
  • Albrighton
  • Malins Lee
  • Donington
  • Boningale
  • Sutton Maddock
  • Priors Lee
  • Kemberton
  • Beckbury
  • Sheriffhales

Historical Descriptions

Shifnal

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Idsall commonly Shiffnal. A market town and parish in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry, a vicarage in charge, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Newport, and archdeaconry of Salop. 856 houses, 4,411 inhabitants. Market on Friday; Fairs, 1st Monday in April, August 5, November 23. 18 miles south-east by east of Shrewsbury, 143 north-west of London.

Shiffnal was anciently called Idsall. It is a small town, near the boarders of Staffordshire, in the direct road from London to Shrewsbury and Holyhead. With the exception of its parish church, which is a large and interesting cruciform building, it contains little that is worthy of particular remark. Under the square central tower of the church, there were formerly four semi-circular arches, which have been transformed into elegant painted ones. On the north side, the choir has ancient, round headed windows, with Saxon mouldings. There is a fine altar, and tombs of the family of Briggs. An inscription in this church informs us that William Wakely was baptized at Idsall, or Shiffnal, May 1, 1591, and was buried at Asbaston, November 28, 1714, his age being upwards of 124; that he had lived in the reigns of eight Kings and Queens, viz., Elizabeth, James the first, Charles the first, Charles the second, James the second, William and Mary, Anne, and George the first. Attached to the south aisle is a chantry. The roof of the nave, of oak, which is said to be richly carved, has been of late entirely obscured by a plaister ceiling. In 1810, the whole church was fitted up at considerable expense.

Shiffnal is the native place of Dr. Thomas Beddoes, a man justly eminent as well for his medical skill as for his general literary talent. He was born in the year 1754, or 1755, and was educated at the free school at 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

Aston

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Aston. A township in the parish of Shiffnal and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. ¾ of a mile north-east of Shiffnal. Aston Hall is the seat of J. Moultrie, esq.

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

Coppice Green

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Coppice Green. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 1 mile north-east of Shiffnal.

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

Crachley Bank or Crackley Bank

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Crachley Bank or Crackley Bank. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 3 miles northeast of Shiffnal.

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

Evelith

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Evelith. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 1 ½ mile south of Shiffnal.

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

Grindle

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Grindle. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 3 miles south of Shiffnal.

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

Hatton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Hatton. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 109 houses, 588 inhabitants. 2 miles south-east of Shiffnal.

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

Haughton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Haughton. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shifnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. ½ mile north-west of Shiffnal. The residence of B. Benyon, Esq., M.P.

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

Hem

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Hem. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 1 ½ mile south-west of Shiffnal.

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

Innage

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Innage. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry.

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

Oaken Gates or Oaken Yates

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Oaken Gates or Oaken Yates. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 3 ½ miles north-west of Shiffnal.

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

Payne’s Lane

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Payne’s Lane. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. 3 miles north-west of Shiffnal.

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

Priors Leigh

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Prior’s Leigh. A township in the parish of Shiffnal, and in the Shiffnal division of the hundred of Brimstry. Prior’s Leigh and Oaken Gate contain 367 houses, 1,851 inhabitants. 3 miles north-west of Shiffnal.

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

Woodside with Hatton

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Woodside with Hatton, a joint township in the parish and union of Shiffnall, Sbiffnall division of the hund. of Brimstree, county of Salop; 3 miles south-south-east of Shiffnall. Acreage with the parish. Houses 73. A. P. with parish. Pop., in 1801, with Hatton, 892; in 1831, alone, 379.

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

Directories

Shiffnal 1791

Priors Lee Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Administration

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