Atcham, Shropshire Family History Guide

Atcham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Betton or Abbots Betton, Berwick, Chilton, Uckington, Emstrey, and Cronkhill.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1621

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Parishes adjacent to Atcham

  • Berrington
  • Sutton
  • Upton Magna
  • Wroxeter
  • Shrewsbury St Chad
  • Shrewsbury Holy Cross with St Giles

Historical Descriptions

Atcham

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Atcham, or Attingham, a parish in the Wellington division of the hund. of South Bradford, union of Atcham, Salop; 4 miles south-east from Shrewsbury; on a bend of the Severn, and on the post-road from Shrewsbury to Shiffnall. The living is a discharged vicarage in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Lichfield; rated at £11 6s. 8d.; gross income £267. Patron, in 1835, R. Burton, Esq. Charities to the peer of this parish produce £85 per annum. In 1833 there was a daily school here, with 80 scholars. The Atcham poor-law union comprehends 43 parishes, containing a population, returned, in 1831 , at 17,819; The average annual expenditure on the poor of the district, during the three years preceding the formation of the union, was £9,768. Expenditure, in 1838, £4,943. Pop., in 1801, 430; in 1831, 463. Houses 87. Acres 3,490. A. P. £4,144. Poor rates, in 1837, £440 Attingham-hall, the seat of Lord Berwick, contains a fine gallery of paintings, chiefly by the early Italian masters, also a fine collection of Etruscan vases and other antiquities from Herculaneum.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Atcham, 7 m. W.S.W. Wellington. P. 513

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Atcham. A parish in the Wellington division of Bradford, South. A vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Salop, and archdeaconry of Salop. 86 houses, 489 inhabitants. 3 ½ miles southeast of Shrewsbury.

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

Betton or Abbots Betton

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Betton; or Abbots Betton. A township in the parish of Atcham, and in the hundred of Condover. 3 south-east of Shrewsbury.

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.

Chilton

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Chilton, a hamlet in Atcham parish, Salop; 3 ¼ miles SE of Shrewsbury.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Chilton or Chelton. A township in the parish of Atcham, and in the hundred of Condover. 3 ½ miles south-east of Shrewsbury

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

Cronkhill

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Cronkhill. A township in the parish of Atcham, and in the hundred of Condover. 4 miles south-east of Shrewsbury.

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

Emstrey

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Eamstry. A township in the parish of Atcham, and in the hundred of Condover. 2 miles south-east of Shrewsbury.

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

Longner

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Longner. A township in the parish of Atcham, and in the liberties of Shrewsbury.

It is the seat of the ancient family of the Burtons, and is distant three and a half miles S.E. from Shrewsbury, to the left of the London road. The house, which has been wholly rebuilt and decorated by its present owner, is delightfully situated on an eminence, commanding a beautiful view of the surrounding county, and of the Severn, which rolls immediately beneath it. Nature seems to have been extremely favourable to this spots and art, where it was deemed necessary, has contributed to its embellishment; the views up and down the river, and over the adjoining highly cultivated and well wooded country, are peculiarly picturesque and beautiful, affording a great variety of fine landscape scenery.

In the garden is a tomb placed over the body of Edward Burton, Esq., who was buried here in consequence of the refusal of the Roman Catholic Curate of St. Chad’s, Shrewsbury, to permit his interment in the common receptacle of the dead of that parish. He was a zealous protestant; and died suddenly, in a transport of joy, at Longner, in 1558, on hearing of the death of Queen Mary, and the release of the kingdom from the persecutions of the clergy. The following is the epitaph placed on the tomb, written by Sir Andrew Corbet, Bart., in 1614:-
‘Was’t for denying Christ, or some notorious fact,
That this man’s body christian burial lack’d ?
O no! his faithful true profession
Was the chief cause, which then was held transgression
When Pop’ry here did reign, the See of Rome,
Would not admit to any such a tomb
Within their Idol Temple walls :- but he,
Truly professing Christianity,
Was, like Christ Jesus, in a garden laid
Where he shall rest in peace, till it be said
Come faithful servant, come, receive with me,
A just reward for they integrity. – 1614.’

The family of the Burtons have ever been esteemed for those virtues which adorn and dignify human nature, and for that unassuming piety which marks the Christian. Nor has this character lost any thing in the person of the present possessor of the Longner estate – Robert Burton, Esq.; this gentleman, together with his amiable lady, being continually employed in distributing the bounties of providence in a judicious and benevolent manner.

In the hall at Longner are the following beautiful paintings: – Rome, Florence, Venice with the Rialto, the Bay of Naples, and a view in Italy, by Marlow, – A Storm, by Van Eest – the Custom house at Venice, by Carnaletti, – A Spanish Bull Hunt, by Schneider, – Portraits of Mrs. Burton, and her sister, by Pickersgill, and of Judge Burton’s lady, by Sir Godfrey Kneller. There is also a variety of beautiful prints, among which, are the busts of two Zealand Youths, Tooi, and Teeterrie, who were on a visit some time at Longner.

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

Atcham Parish Registers

Atcham Parish Registers 1619-1812, Marriages to 1837

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. XIV (1921)

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

Atcham Parish Registers 1619-1812, Marriages to 1837

Administration

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