Astley is a chapelry of Shrewsbury St Mary Ancient Parish in Shropshire.

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin: 1695

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Astley

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASTLEY, a chapelry in the parish of St. Mary Shrewsbury, Salop; 2¾ miles ENE of Hadnall r. station, and 6½ miles NE of Shrewsbury. Post Town, Shawbury under Shrewsbury. Acres, 1,168. Rated property, £1,670. Pop., 239. Houses, 54. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £56. Patrons, Trustees The church is good.

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

Astley The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Astley, a chapelry in the parish of St Mary, liberties of Shrewsbury, Salop; 5 miles north-north east from Shrewsbury. Living, a perpetual curacy, in the jurisdiction of the peculiar court of St. Mary’s, Shrewsbury; rated at £5; gross income £56. Patrons, in 1835, the Mayor and Corporation of Shrewsbury. Pop., in 1801, 141; in 1831, 239. Houses 53. Acres 1,450. A. P. £2,528. Poor rates, in 1837, £44.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Astley Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Astley, in St. Mary’s, adjoining Shrewsbury. P. 264
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ASTLEY, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Mary, union of Atcham, liberties of Shrewsbury, N. division of Salop, 5 miles (N. N. E.) from Shrewsbury; containing 264 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy with a net income of £56, in the patronage of five Trustees, by order of the court of chancery: the impropriation is vested in the Trustees of Shrewsbury grammar school, whose tithes have been commuted for £211. Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, in 1733, agreeably to the request of her deceased husband, bequeathed a farm here, let for £60 per annum, of which about £40 are appropriated for the benefit of the poor of Atcham, £10 to the poor of Astley, and £6 to the minister: it is also charged with the payment of £5 to the organist of St. Mary’s.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Astley Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Astley. A chapelry to St. Mary, Shrewsbury, in the liberties of Shrewsbury. 3 ½ miles north-east by north of Shrewsbury
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

Astley Parish Registers

Astley Parish Registers 1579-1812

Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. V (1905)
Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society
General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore
Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Parish Records


England, Shropshire, Astley – Cemeteries ( 1 )
Monumental inscriptions of Astley, Shropshire, 1773-1981
Author: Jones, Roger; Jones, Veronica

England, Shropshire, Astley – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Astley, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Shropshire, Astley – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Astley, 1813-1878
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Astley (Shropshire)

Parish chest records, 1729-1863
Author: Astley (Shropshire)

Parish registers for Astley, 1695-1952
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Astley (Shropshire)

Registers of Astley, 1692-1815

England, Shropshire, Astley – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Astley by Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

England, Shropshire, Astley – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Rent roll, 1715; letter and particulars, 1758
Author: Manor of Astley. Court (Shropshire)

England, Shropshire, Astley – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish chest records, 1729-1863
Author: Astley (Shropshire)


Bagshaw History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1851

ASTLEY, a township, chapelry, and scattered village, five miles N.N.E. from Shrewsbury. In 1801 had 141 inhabitants, and in 1841, a population of 264 souls, and 55 houses. The township contains 1181a. 3r. 3p. of land, more than two-thirds of which is the property of John Bishton Minor, Esq., of Astley House; besides whom, Mr. Richard Minton and Mrs. Wildig are proprietors. There is also a farm belonging to the trustees of the charities for St. Chad’s parish. Gross rental £1,936. 13s. 5d. Rateable value, £1,763. 13s. The Episcopal Chapel, a neat stone fabric in the Gothic style, was repaired and beautified in 1837, when a new tower was added at the west end. The entrance, formerly on the south side, exhibits the Saxon style of architecture. In the interior is a neat marble tablet, in memory of the Minor family, of Astley House. A new font was added at the time the tower was built. The living is a perpetual curacy, returned at £56, in the patronage of the corporation of Shrewsbury, and enjoyed by the Rev. William Vaughan. In the church yard are the following lines, on a grave stone in memory of Rowland Deakin, who died in 1751, aged 95 years:—

“Many years I’ve seen, and
Many things I’ve known:
Five kings, two queens,
And a usurper on the throne;
But now lie sleeping in the dust.
As you, the reader, shortly must.”

The governors of the Free Grammar School, in Shrewsbury, are the impropriators of the tithes, which are commuted for £211. Astley House, a handsome mansion, beautified with pleasure grounds and shrubberies, and pleasantly situated a short distance from the church, is the residence and property of John Bishton Minor, Esq. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel in this township, situated on the Hadnal road. The particulars of the several charities, founded by the will of Joseph Jones, in 1729, will be found noticed with the parish of Atcham. Out of the residuary rents of the estates, held in trust for the purposes mentioned in the testator’s will, £10 per annum is applied in educating poor children of this chapelry, and £6 per annum paid to the minister of Astley chapel, for reading prayers and preaching in the said chapel every first and last Sunday in the month, and administering the sacrament four times during the year. It appears when Mr. Jones made this bequest, that divine service in Astley chapel was only held every third Sunday in the month.

Minor John Bishton, Esq., Astley House

Adams Edward, farmer

Adams James, farmer

Barker James, shoemaker

Birch William, farmer, Braidway House

Davies Charles, butcher

Dodd William, blacksmith

Hughes John, shoemaker

Minton John, farmer

Minton Richard, farmer

Minton Samuel, farmer

Minton Thomas, farmer

Moreton Ann, butcher

Morgan John, farmer

Oliver Rev. William, Astley Lodge

Powell John, farmer, New House

Stanley Thomas and Richard, brick and tile makers

Williams Richard, provision dealer and victualler, Dog Inn

Source: History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire by Samuel Bagshaw 1851

Astley Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Astley is a chapelry, in that part of the parish of St. Mary which is within the limits of Shrewsbury, one mile and a half from Hadnall station, on the Shrewsbury and Crewe branch of the London and North-Western Railway, five miles north-north-east from Shrewsbury, and 169 from London, in the northern division of the county, Albrighton division, Atcham union, and diocese of Litchfield.  The church of St. Mary is a neat structure of stone.  The living is a vicarage, annual value £96, in the gift of the trustees of Shrewsbury school.  According to the Pimhill tenure-roll, of 1279, Astley was held “by the men of Astley, in free socage, under the canons of St. Mary, which canons held in frank-almoign of the crown.”  Here is a school endowed with about £16 per annum, paid by the trustees of Corngreave’s charity.  Thomas William Trouncer, Esq., is lord of the manor, and principal landowner.  The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay.  The area is 1,156 acres, and the population in 1861 was 240; gross estimated rental, £2,017; rateable value, £1,888.
Sexton, William Arkinstoll.
Letters arrive through Shrewsbury.

Bayles Captain
Legh Rev. John Robert, M.A. Vicarage
Legh John, esq.
Owen Major, Astley house
Adams William, farmer
Barker James, farmer
Dodd William, beer retailer
France Edwin, tailor and draper
Hughes Charles, boot maker
Jarrett Francis, farmer
Menlove John, farmer
Minton Richard, farmer
Morgan John, farmer
Morgan William, beer retailer
Parr Richard, farmer
Stanley Thomas, brick and tile manufacturer, Astley brick yard
Tomkiss Edward, farmer
Williams Richard, beer retailer
Williams Thomas, farmer

Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Atcham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Royal Peculiar of St Mary Shrewsbury
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Shrewsbury
  • Poor Law Union: Atcham
  • Hundred: Albrighton Division
  • Province: Canterbury

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