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Wrockwardine Wood became and ecclesiastical parish distinct from Wrockwardine in 1847; is a township in the civil parish of Wrockwardine, from which place it is distant 5 miles.  The church of the Holy Trinity is a brick building, erected in 1833.  The living is a rectory, having been made such by the purchase of the great tithes, which were formerly in the possession of the Orleton family, augmented to about £200 yearly, with residence and six acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor.  There is a National school for boys and girls.  There are three chapels for the Methodists and Primitive Methodists.  The minerals are ironstone and coal.  The collieries are principally the property of the Duke of Sutherland, and are held on lease by the Lilleshall Company.  The population in 1861 of the district was 3,637, of the township 3,317; the acreage is 502.
The Trench is a straggling hamlet, principally in the township of Wrockwardine Wood but also extending into Eyton-on-the-Weald Moors; it is nearly a mile from the former place.
Letters through Wellington.

Wrockwardine Wood
Lloyd Mr. John, Wrockwardine villa
McCarthy Samuel, esq.
Matthews Mr. Thomas
Russell Rev. Arthur Tozer, B.C.L.
Bullock John, miller
Chilton William, blacksmith
Cook John, farmer, Trench Lodge
Downing William, painter
Dunkey Richard, grocer
Fenn Charles, shoe maker
Fewtrell William, grocer
Green Edward, grocer
Jones Sarah, Bull’s Head inn
Lee Daniel, blacksmith
McCarthy Geo. David Richard, surgeon
Moss William, butcher
Porter Joseph, White Horse inn
Richards Hugh, plumber
Roscoe John, shoe maker
Stones Francis, grocer
Tranter Richard, Queen’s Head inn
Wem George, farmer

The Nabb
Freeman John, shopkeeper
Harper Thomas, shoe maker
Morris Joseph, shoe maker

The Trench
Bennett John, esq.
Slaney Mr. Henry
Wakeley Mr. Richard
Batkin John, butcher
Bullock James, farmer
Deakin John, butcher
Dean John, butcher
Green Lucy, Shaw Birch inn
Gregory James, tailor
Johnson James, farmer
Latham James, farmer
North Benjamin, Crown inn
Roden Thomas, Duke of York inn
Webb Sarah, King’s Arms inn
Webster Samuel, farmer
Woodfin John, Dun Cow inn

Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871