Barrow is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Arlescott, Swinney, and Arlscott.

Parish church: St Giles

Parish registers begin: 1660

Nonconformists include:

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARROW, a parish in Madely district, Salop; on the Much Wenlock railway, 3 miles E of Much Wenlock. Post Town, Much Wenlock, under Wellington. Acres, 3,013 Real property, £3,780. Pop., 365. Houses, 65. The property is all in one estate. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to Willey, in the diocese of Hereford. The church was restored in 1850. There is an endowed school with £34 a year.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Barrow, 2½ m. E. Wenlock. P. 383

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BARROW (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of Madeley, liberties of the borough of Wenlock, S. division of Salop, 3½ miles (E. by S.) from Much Wenlock; containing 383 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Willey: the tithes payable to the impropriator have been commuted for £283. 2., and those to the perpetual curate for £3. 15. Here is a small free school, to which £10 per annum were bequeathed in 1631 by John Slaney, who also founded an almshouse for six persons.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Barrow. A parish in the franchise of Wenlock, chapel to Much Wenlock, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 96 houses, 462 inhabitants. 2 ½ miles east 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

Universal British Directory 1791

Barrow, which is one mile east of Broseley, has a large porcelain manufactory, which is carried on by Thomas Turner, Esq. under the name of the Shropshire Porcelain Manufactory

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Caughley. A township in the parish of Linley, and in the franchise of Wenlock. 5 miles east 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

Parish Records

The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Format = Name; Fireharths; ll. (Pounds); s. (shillings)

Franchise of Wenlocke

Mr. Thomas Lockier; 13; 1; 6

Mr. Audley Bowdler; 7; 0; 14

Richard Adams; 1; 0; 2

Widd. Adams & Mrs. Rucklie; 6; 0; 12

Thomas Weaver; 1; 0; 2

Elizabeth Adams; 1; 0; 2

Richard Doughtie; 2; 0; 4

Widdowe Davies; 4; 0; 8

John Tompson; 3; 0; 6

John James; 1; 0; 2

Morgan Crompton; 1; 0; 2

Thomas Mellychop; 1; 0; 2

David Preen; 1; 0; 2

Mr Gattagar; 1; 0; 2

Widdowe Evans; 1; 0; 2

Robert Evans alias Whythers; 1; 0; 2

Symon Jones; 1; 0; 2

Rowland Madelyn; 1; 0; 2

Edmund Adams; 1; 0; 2

William Phillipps; 1; 0; 2

William Harriottes; 1; 0; 2

Edward Radnor ; 1; 0; 2

Edward Griffiths ; 1; 0; 2

Widdowe Griffiths ; 1; 0; 2

Mr. John Dawes ; 13; 1; 6

Stephen Bradley ; 1; 0; 2

Peter Yates ; 2; 0; 4

Richard Geares ; 3; 0; 6

John Hadden ; 6; 0; 12

Total – Fireharths – 79; ll. (Pounds) – 7; s. (shillings) – 18

Directories of Barrow Shropshire

Directory of Shropshire 1871

Barrow is a parish, with the township of Caughley and the hamlets of Shirlett, The Marsh, Swinney, and Arlscot, situated on the Wenlock and Broseley road, 2 miles south-west from Broseley, and 2 miles east from Much Wenlock; it is in the Southern division of the county, Madeley union, and diocese of Hereford; the parish is included in the parliamentary borough of Wenlock.  The church of St. Giles is a very old building, containing some Saxon remains, and was restored in about 1851.  in the churchyard is buried Tom Moody, a famous whipper-in to George Forester, Esq.; the gravestone is inscribed, “Tom Moody, buried November 19th. 1796.”  The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Willey, joint yearly value £30, in the gift of Lord Forester.  Here are almshouses for six men and women, with gardens attached, and a Free school for boys and girls of the parish, with an income of about £30 per annum, both founded by a Mr. Slaney in 1612.  Lord Forester is lord of the manor and chief landowner.  The soil is generally clayey, subsoil, varied; the coal measures extend over a large part of the parish.  The population in 1861 was 365; the area is, 3,008 acres; gross estimated rental, except Posenhall, £3,078; rateable value, £2,938.

Posenhall, adjoining Barrow, was formerly an extra-parochial place, but is now a parish in Madeley union.  The area is 338 acres, and the population in 1861 was 22; gross estimated rental, £462; rateable value; £439.

Letters are received from Wellington through Broseley.

Cleeton William, farmer, Shirlett
Grice William, farmer, Arlscot
Grice William, farmer, Swinney
Howells George, farmer, Posenhall
Mear William, farmer, The Inett and Caughley
Pitt Thomas, farmer, Posen hall
Smith Francis, farmer, The Inett
Stow Thomas, farmer, The Marsh
Thursfield Thomas Howells, estate agent and agent to Lord Forester
Wright Thomas, farmer, Shirlett

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

Maps of Barrow Shropshire

Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Madeley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Madeley
  • Hundred: Much Wenlock Borough
  • Province: Canterbury

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