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Ketley, Shropshire

Historical Descriptions

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Ketley. A township in the parish of Wellington, and in the Wellington division of the hundred of Bradford, South. 1 mile south-east of Wellington. The residence of John Bucknell, Esq., and Henry Williams, Esq.

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


Ketley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1875

Ketley is an ecclesiastical parish, with the hamlets of Beveley, Mossey Green, Potter’s Bank, Red Lake, and the The Rock, twelve miles from Shrewsbury, and 137 ½ from London, in the northern division of the county, Wellington division of South Bradford hundred, Wellington union, and diocese of Lichfield, situate on the turnpike road leading from London to Holyhead.  A considerable portion of the township of Hadley is commonly called Ketley, but does not properly belong to Ketley, although the occupiers are here given under this township.  The church of St. Mary the Virgin, at Red Lake, is a cruciform structure.  The living is a perpetual curacy, yearly value £160, with residence and 10 ½ acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Duke of Sutherland.  The Wesleyans have a place of worship here.  The principal minerals here are ironstone, coal, and fire-clay.  The Duke of Sutherland is lord of the manor and principal landowner.  The soil is various; the subsoil is clay.  The area is 774 acres.

BEVELEY is a small hamlet, adjoining Ketley, partly in Wellington parish and partly in Wombridge.

KETLEY BANK is a hamlet, partly in Ketley township.

MOSSEY GREEN, POTTER’S BANK, RED LAKE, and THE ROCK, are in this ecclesiastical district.

Post Office. – John Day, receiver.  Letters arrive from Wellington at 6 a.m.; dispatched at 6 30 p.m.

Great Western Railway (Severn Junction), Thomas Littlehales, station master.


Stoneham Rev. Thompson, M.A.

Williams John, esq., Ketley hill

Adams George, cabinet maker

Brown John, White Lion Inn

Burroughs George, rope maker

Davies Joseph, provision dealer, Ketley brook

Ford James, grocer, Ketley sand

Groves William, butcher, Ketley sand

Harley George, blacksmith

Jones Jeffery, farmer

Ketley Iron Company (John Williams, manager)

Lamon William, Seven Stars Inn

Light William, blacksmith, The Rock

Lloyd John, shoe maker

Meredith William, blacksmith

Millington John, farmer

Morris Mary, Horseshoes Inn

Padmore William, greengrocer

Palin Joseph, butcher

Parker Henry, farmer, The Rock

Price Aaron Hughes, grocer

Ravenscroft William, tailor

Stanworth Judith, shopkeeper

Vaughan Joseph, shopkeeper, Manerley lane

Vaughan William, shopkeeper and charter master, Clares lane


Barber Thomas, Compass Inn

Russell Thomas, shopkeeper


M’Knight George, esq

Cadman Sarah, shopkeeper

Lewis William S. and Co., iron fencing and hurdle makers

M’Knight George, surgeon


Gallier Thomas, beer retailer & butcher

Rigby Thomas, shopkeeper

Scarrott Emmanuel, carpenter

Red Lake

Pitchford Edwin, shopkeeper

Pritchard Joseph, school

Vaughan William, Red Lion Inn

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