Ruckley and Langley – Casey’s Directory of Shropshire 1871

Ruckley and Langley form a small township, about 1 mile east from Acton Burnell, and 5 ½ miles west from Much Wenlock.  The chapel is a small structure, where divine service is performed only twice a year.  The living is a curacy, and the parishioners have the power of electing an incumbent, paying his a stipend of about 30s a year.  Sir Charles Frederick J. Smythe, Bart., is lord of the manor and sole landowner.  King Charles during his troubles was for a short period concealed at Langley Hall, an ancient mansion, now a farm house in the occupation of Mr. Hayward.  The population in 1861 was 78.  Gross estimated rental, £1,385; rateable value, £1,320.
Letters through Shrewsbury.

Ruckley
Edwards John, farmer
Perks William, tailor
Powell Thomas, farmer
Vines Jesse, farmer

Langley
Hayward Mr., farmer, Langley hall
Steadman Richard, farmer, Park gate

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

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