Mucklestone, Staffordshire & Shropshire Family History Guide

Mucklestone is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire and also partly in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Aston, Bearstone, Dorrington, Winnington, Oakley, Oakley near Drayton in Hales, and Knighton.

Alternative names: Muxton

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1555

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Protestant Dissenters, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Mucklestone

  • Market Drayton
  • Norton in Hales
  • Woore
  • Market Drayton
  • Ashley

Historical Descriptions

Mucklestone

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Mucklestone, or Muxton, a township in Stafford, and a parish partly also in Salop; all in the district of Market Drayton. The township lies near the river Tern at the boundary with Salop, 4 ½ miles NE of Market-Drayton r. station. Real property, £1,876. Pop., 177. Houses, 35. The parish contains also the townships of Aston, Knighton, Oakley, and Winnington in Stafford, and the chapelry of Woore in Salop; and its post-town is Market-Drayton. Acres of the Stafford portion, 3,240; of the Salop portion, 5,291. Real property of the Stafford portion, £5,949; of the Salop portion, £6,693. Pop. of the whole in 1851, 1,736; in 1861, 1,610. Houses, 340. Pop. of the Salop portion in 1851, 860; in 1861, 183. Houses, 169. The property is not much divided. The manor belonged anciently to the Morgans, and belongs now to Lord Crewe. Oakley Hall is a chief residence, and stands in an extensive park. Good building stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £1,072. Patron, Lord Crewe. The church was rebuilt in 1790; but retains a previous tower, from which Margaret of Anjou, in 1459, witnessed the defeat of the royalists on Bloreheath. The p. curacy of Woore is a separate Benefice. There are schools with £46 a-year from endowment, and charities £126.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Mucklestone, cos. Salop and Stafford.

P. T. Drayton-in-Hales (153) 4 m. N E.

Pop. of Pa. 1753. Of To. 179.

A parish and township, partly in the hundred of Bradford North, county of Salop, and partly in the north division of the hundred of Pirehill, county of Stafford, situated on a gentle eminence, about a mile to the north of Bloreheath. The living is a rectory in the archdeaconry of Stafford and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry; valued in K. B. 20l. 3s. 9d.; patron (1829) E. Mainwaring, Esq. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure with a lofty square tower, from the top of which Queen Margaret beheld the defeat of her husband’s troops in the fatal battle of Bloreheath.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Muckleston. A parish partly in Pirehill hundred, in the county of Stafford, and partly in the Drayton division of the hundred of Bradford, North. The church is in Staffordshire. The entire parish contains 1,753 inhabitants. The Shropshire part 829 inhabitants. 3 ½ miles north-east of Drayton.

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

Bearstone

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Bearston, a township in the parish of Mucklestone, northern division of Pirehill, county of Stafford; 5 miles north-east of Market-Drayton. For Bearston and the three townships of Dorrington, Gravenhanger, and Woore, there are two day and Sunday schools. Pop., in 1831, 95. Houses 16. Acreage with the parish.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Bearstone. A township in the parish of Mucklestone, and in the Drayton division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 12 houses, 79 inhabitants. 4 ½ miles north-east of Drayton.

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

Dorrington

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Dorrington. A township in the parish of Mucklestone, and in the Drayton division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 31 houses, 185 inhabitants. 4 ½ miles north-east of Drayton.

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: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Market Drayton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Eccleshall
  • Poor Law Union: Market Drayton
  • Hundred: North Pirehill
  • Province: Canterbury
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