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Kenley Shropshire Genealogy & Family History

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Kenley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church: St John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1682

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Kenley

  • Harley
  • Acton Burnell
  • Church Preen
  • Cound
  • Hughley
  • Cressage

Historical Descriptions

Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870

KENLEY, a parish in the hundred of Condover, county of SALOP, 4½ miles (W. by N.) from Much Wenlock, containing 821 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, with the rectory of Harley, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry.

Source: Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KENLEY, a parish in Atcham district, Salop; 4 miles WNW of Much-Wenlock r. station. Post town, Acton Burnell, under Shrewsbury. Acres, 1,897. Rated property, £1,900. Pop., 235. Houses, 53. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £119. Patron, the Duke of Cleveland. The church is ancient and good.

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

The Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Kenley. A parish in the Cound division of the hundred of Condover, a rectory, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Salop, and archdeaconry of Salop. 63 houses, 321 inhabitants. 3 ½ miles west of Wenlock.

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.

Kenley Shropshire Parish Registers 1682-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. II (1901) Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society General editor; W. P. W. Phillimore Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Kenley Shropshire Parish Registers 1682-1812 -


Kenley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1875

Kenley is a parish and village, four miles from Much Wenlock, and five from Dorrington station, in the Southern division of the county, Cound division of Condover hundred, Union of Atcham, and diocese of Lichfield, and is situated on a steep hill, commanding a very fine view. The church of St. John the Baptist is in the Norman style. The living is a rectory, yearly value £130, with 29 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Duke of Cleveland. The Caradoc and Wrekin Hills, also the ruins of Wenlock and Buildwas Abbeys, are in the vicinity. The Duke of Cleveland, who is lord of the manor, and the Earl of Bradford, are the chief landowners. The soil is of a cold nature; subsoil, clay. Its area is 1,899 acres; the population in 1861 was 235; gross estimated rental, £1,500; rateable value, £1,411.

Letters are received through Shrewsbury.

Broom Rev. Frederick

Bayley Thomas, farmer, Hall farm

Brazier Thomas, cowkeeper

Butler Joseph, farmer, Stone house

Carter George, farmer, Leasowes

Carter Mary Ann, shopkeeper

Crowther Ann, farmer

Farmer James, farmer, New hall

Hall Thomas, farmer, The Springs

Hanson George, farmer

Jarratt John, farmer

Manning Thomas, shoe maker and tax collector

Patten Ellen, farmer, The Gippoles

Patten George, farmer, The Gippoles

Perks William, blacksmith

Price John, farmer, The Springs

Price Thomas, tailor, Common

Roberts Jane, farmer, Alison house

Roberts Thomas, stone mason

Sankey Richard, farmer, Broomcroft

Smout Edward, wheelwright and shopkeeper

Thomas Thomas, tailor, The Glebe

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Shropshire. Printed Shrewsbury 1875.


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