Alveley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Alveley is a parish and large village, 7 miles north-west from Kidderminster, 9 north-north-west from Bewdley, and 8 north-east from Cleobury Mortimer, in the Southern division of the county, Chelmarsh division of the hundred of Stottesden, Bridgnorth union, and diocese of Hereford, pleasantly situated on the eastern banks of the river Severn.  The church of St. Mary is a handsome stone building.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £103, in the gift of Mrs. Wakeman.  There is a school for boys and girls.  Here is a Primitive Methodist chapel.  The charities are of about £100 yearly value.  Benjamin Gibbon, Esq., is lord of the manor.  Alveley is reputed to be a manor of ancient demesne.  Alveley came intact into the hands of Henry II, by precisely the same process as Claverley and Worfield, when Henry Plantagenet, soon after his accession, granted it to Guy le Strange.
The Fitz-Warine Chronicle relates how William Peverel had two beautiful nieces, of whom the one, named Melette, had resolved never to marry, excepting to a knight of great prowess. To give the lady a choice, her uncle caused to be proclaimed through many lands a tournament, to be held at his castle in the Peak; at which, whoever should display the greatest dexterity, was to have his niece, with the castle of Whittington. Among the crowd of nobles and distinguished knights who hastened to that brilliant passage of arms, were ten sons of the Duke of Britany, the younger of whom, being named Guy, was called Guy l’Estrange, and from him the several families of the Stranges descended.
Does the reader curiously enquire, was it he who won the lady? Guy did not win her. To that gay gathering, “Where throngs of knights and barons bold, In weed of peace, high triumphs hold,” speeded also Guarin de Metz, with a silver shield and peacock for crest. This knight tilted first against a son of the king of Scots, and then with a baron from Burgundy; and as he vanquished them both, he claimed and obtained as his prize, the willing and beautiful Melette. Seated, therefore at Whittington, between Guarin and the Prince of Wales fierce animosities reigned. The principal landowners are Mrs. Wakeman, Benjamin gibbons, Esq., W. O. Foster, Esq., and Thomas Bache. The charities amount to £183. The population of the township in 1861 was 882. The gross estimated rental, exclusive of Romsley, £6,500; rateable value, £6,120. – Nordley Regis is a township pleasantly situated two miles north-east from the church. Mrs. Wakeman is lady of the manor.
Romsley is a liberty, one mile and a half east, with a population in 1861 of 136. Gross estimated rental £1,740; rateable value, £1,659. The principal landowners are Benjamin Gibbons, Esq., Stephen Creswell, Esq., and J. P. Halewood, Esq.
Post Office. – William Griffiths, receiver. Letters through Bridgnorth; arrive at 9 30 a.m.; dispatched at 4 p.m.
Bache Thomas, esq., Green house
Considine Rev. Robert Augustus Wellesley, M.A.
Fereday Thomas, esq., J.P., Tuck hill
Wakeman Mrs., Coton hall
Andrews William, farmer, Bolt hole
Bowen Felicia, farmer, King’s Nordley
Bowen Thomas, farmer, Broad lane
Cattell William, farmer, Pool hall
Clark George, grocer
Clark John, Squirrell, and butcher
Clark Stephen, farmer, Turley green
Clarke John, farmer, Hadley’s barn
Cross William, farmer, Astley
Crow Jane (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Turley green
Dixon William, farmer, Lake house
Dovey Thomas, boot and shoe maker, Six Ashes
Downton Samuel, tailor
Fellows Michael, farmer, Hall close
Fereday Thomas, farmer and landowner, Tuck hill
Foxall James, farmer
Gorton Mary, shopkeeper
Gretton William, farmer, High barns
Gretton William, jun., farmer, Little Coton
Griffiths Richard, farmer, Filley loads
Griffiths William, tailor
Hardman Catherine, farmer, Little London
Harley John, wheelwright & beer retailer
Harris John, farmer, Lowe farm
Hayward John, farmer, The Butts
Hayward Thomas, farmer, Hill house
Head John, beer retailer, Kitlands
Higgs John, butcher
Hinton Wm. Smith, miller, Allum bridge
Hobbis Mary, Three Horseshoes
Holloway William, beer retailer and cooper, Hampton load
Hughes Edward, farmer, Upper Hollies
Humphries Joseph, farmer, Perry house
Jennings William, beer retailer
Jones William, farmer, Hill house
Lane Thomas, quarry master
Lloyd Edward, shoe maker
Massey Margery, farmer, Turley green
Minifie Richard, farmer, Coton farm
Morris William, farmer, Church farm
Palmer Edmund, farmer, Barrets
Pierce Mary, farmer, Fen green
Potter Mary Ann (Mrs.), farmer
Richards Thomas, farmer, Dodd’s green
Stockall Eliza (Mrs.), farmer, Cook’s green
Tantrem Joseph, farmer
Thomas John, farmer, Broadlanes
Veal Richard, farmer, High house
Warder John, farmer, The Hay
Webb Benjamin, farmer, Allum bridge
Webb Benjamin, jun., farmer, Dumballs
Wier William, farmer, Cook’s cross
Wootton John, farmer, Broadlanes
Yardley Thomas, Blue Bell, and blacksmith
Yates William, farmer
Cox Mrs.
Creswell Stephens, farmer and landowner, Lower house
Doolittle John, shoe maker, The Finger
Edmonds John, farmer, The Bow hills
Foxall Sarah, blacksmith
Foxall Thomas Creswell, farmer
Gritton Joseph, farmer, Hart’s green
Lane George, wheelwright
Reynolds Matthew, farmer
Williams Joseph, farmer, New house
Winnall John, farmer, Upper Harley
Wiseman Ann, farmer, Hart’s green
Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871