Broseley, Shropshire Family History Guide

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

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin: 1570

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Broseley

  • Jackfield
  • Willey
  • Madeley
  • Linley
  • Stockton
  • Benthall
  • Sutton Maddock

Historical Descriptions

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Broseley, co. Salop.

London 146m. NW. Pop.4814. M.D. Wed. Fairs, Easter Mond. and Oct. 29.

A market-town and parish in the hundred of Wenlock, situated on the river Severn, by which it is separated from Madeley. Here are coal and iron mines, with founderies of great magnitude for the working of the latter. A curious burning spring, or well, was discovered here in 1711, which disappeared by the sinking of a coal-mine in 1755. It is supposed that the water was impregnated with the inflammable substance, called petroleum, This town is celebrated for its extensive manufacture of tobacco-pipes and garden-pots. The living is a rectory in the archdeaconry of Salop and diocese of Hereford; charged in K. B. 7l. 18s. 6½.; church ded. to St. Leonard; patron (1829) Lord Forrester.

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


Broseley (inc. Jackfield) Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871
Broseley Universal British Directory 1791

Hearth Tax

Brosely The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Parish Registers

Broseley Parish Registers 1570-1700

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

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

Editor; Alfred F. C. C. Langley

Publisher: Mitchell and Hughes, 140 Wardour Street, W. London. 1889.

Broseley Parish Registers 1570-1700 -

Broseley Parish Registers 1701-1750

Broseley Parish Registers 1701-1750 -

The Register of Broseley Birch Meadow Chapel. Particular Baptist 1794-1835

Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William

Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

The Register of Broseley Birch Meadow Chapel. Particular Baptist 1794-1835 -


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Madeley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Madeley
  • Hundred: Much Wenlock Borough
  • Province: Canterbury