Beckbury – Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Beckbury is a parish and village, 4 miles south from Shifnal, 4 south-east from Albrighton railway stations, and 22 from Shrewsbury, in the Southern division of the county, Brimstree hundred, Shifnal union and division, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Milburgh is a stone building, erected in the reign of William and Mary.  The living is a rectory, yearly value £350, with residence and 30 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor.  There is a National school for boys and girls, with a house attached for the master and mistress.  Caynton House, the seat of Major-Gen. the Hon. Arthur Charles Legge, R.A., J.P., is a modern building, in the Italian style, with ornamental grounds.  Beckbury Hall, the property of William Stubbs, Esq., J.P., is a brick mansion.  Edward Cheney, Esq., who is lord of the manor, Major-Gen. the Hon. Arthur Charles Legge, J.P., Dr. Fowler, William Stubbs, Esq., and W. O. Foster, Esq., are the chief landowners.  In 1255, Philip de Beckbury was lord of the vill, holding it of the prior at a rent of 25s.  Exactly the same amount was receivable by the prior, in the shape of chief rent, from Beckbury, upwards of 260 years afterwards.
At the forest assizes of March, 1209, the following charge was brought against the lord of this manor: – “Richard de Prestewode, going through his bailiwick of Morfe, followed two men until he came up with them, viz., Hugh de Bectebury and Thomas, his brother.  They had with them three grey hounds, out of leash, and five hares; but when Richard had arrested Hugh, Thomas drew his sword and released him.  Both then took to flight; and Richard raising the hue and cry, pursued till night took the fugitives from his sight.”  A very heavy fine, doubtless, was proffered for this flagrant violation of the forest laws by the lord of Beckbury, “that he and Thomas, his brother, might be quit as to this; that they had taken hares in the king’s forest.”
The soil is sandy and loamy; the subsoil is red sandstone.  The population in 1861 was 297; the area is 1,340a 0r. 12p.; gross estimated rental, £2,737; rateable value, £2,447
Letters arrive from Shifnal at 8-30 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m.
Carrier to Wolverhampton. – Thomas Smith, every Wednesday
Harvey Francis, esq.
Legge Major-Gen. Hon. Arthur Charles, R.A. J.P. Caynton house
Lloyd Llewellin, esq. The Hall
Pauton Miss
Stubbs Rev. Edward Wm. M.A. [curate]
Stubbs William, esq. Lower hall
Adams Richard, shoe maker
Broughall George, farmer
Corfield Benjamin, farmer
Davies William, farmer
Dyke William, builder
Edgerly John, butcher
Hampton William, blacksmith
Harrison Sarah, dress maker
Hiddins Martha, shopkeeper
Page John, Seven Stars Inn
Phillips Jesse, grocer
Plumper James, bricklayer
Reynolds Peter, farmer
Shenton Benjamin, farmer
Smith Charles, painter, plumber, & house decorator
Smith Eleanor, grocer
Spencer Thomas, blacksmith
Williams Richard, shopkeeper
Worrall Richard, farmer, Snowdon
Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871