Battlefield, Shropshire Family History Guide

Battlefield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Huffley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1665

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Battlefield

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BATTLEFIELD, a parish and a subdistrict in the district of Atcham, Salop. The parish lies adjacent to the Crewe and Shrewsbury railway, 1½ mile S by E of Hadnall station, and 3 NNE of Shrewsbury. Post Town, Hadnall under Shrewsbury. Acres, 850. Rated property, £939. Pop., 81. Houses, 17. The property is divided among a few. Here was fought the battle in 403, in which Harry Hotspur was slain, and Douglas captured. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £233. Patron,-A. W. Corbet, Esq The church was erected by Henry IV. to commemorate his victory over Hotspur; is chiefly perpendicular English; and was restored in 1861. A fair is held on 2 Aug. The subdistrict comprises five parishes, two chapelries, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 11,554. Pop., 1,881. Houses, 395.

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

Battlesfield, 3 m. N.N.E. Shrewsbury. P. 64

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Battlefield. A parish in the liberties of Shrewsbury, a curacy, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Salop, and archdeaconry of Salop. 13 houses, 64 inhabitants. 3 miles north-east by north of Shrewsbury. Fair, August 2, for horned cattle and sheep. See appendix.

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

The History and Topography of Shropshire 1820

Q. What is Battlefield?

A. Battlefield, about four miles north of Shrewsbury, is the scene of the great battle between Henry IV. and Henry Percy, son to the Earl of Northumberland. Victory declaring for the King, in consequence of the death of Percy, he erected a church on the spot in testimony of his gratitude, but it is now in a ruinous condition. Under a tumulus near the churchyard, the slain in that memorable engagement lie buried.

Haughmond Abbey
Haughmond Abbey. Remains of the Augustinian Priory, near Shrewsbury. Attribution: John Phillips

Q. Describe Haughmond Abbey.

A. Haughmond Abbey is a picturesque ruin, a little to the east of Battlefield. It was formerly a religious house for regular canons of St. Augustine, founded in the year 1100, by William Fitz-Alan. Situated on a rising ground, and backed by an extensive forest, these ruins form an interesting object. The south door of the nave of the abbey church, the chapter house, the refectory, and a spacious hall, are the only parts of the edifice that are not wholly decayed.

Source: The History and Topography of Shropshire; William Pinnock Jolibois; 1820.

Parish Records

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Battlefield Parish Registers

The registers of Battlefield, Shropshire

The registers of Battlefield, Shropshire. 1665-1812

Published 1899 by Priv print. for the Shropshire Parish Register Society in London .

The Registers of Battlefield, Shropshire. 1665-1812 -


Battlefield Parish Registers 1805 to 1812

Battlefield Parish Registers 1800 to 1804

Battlefield Parish Registers 1795 to 1799

Battlefield Parish Registers 1790 to 1794

Battlefield Parish Registers 1780 to 1789

Battlefield Parish Registers 1770 to 1779

Battlefield Marriages 1754 to 1774


Battlefield – Cassey Directory of Shropshire 1871

Battlefield is a village and parish, 3 miles from Shrewsbury, and 2 from Hadnal, in the Northern division of the county, Albrighton division, Atcham union, and diocese of Lichfield.  The church of St. Mary Magdalen was restored, mainly through the munificence of the late Lady Brinckman, of Sandorne Castle.  The living is a vicarage, annual value £234, in the gift of the Rev. John D. Corbet.  The principal landowners are the Rev. John D. Corbet and Wm. Sparrow, Esq.  The charities amount to £1 13s. 6d.  The soil is strong loam and clay; subsoil, clay and sand.  The area is 1,000 acres, and the population in 1861 was 81; gross estimated rental, £1,348; rateable value, £1,278.

Letters arrive at 7 30 a.m.

Davies Mrs. Battlefield house
Pigott Rev. Arthur J., B.A.
Mansell Rev. William Surman
Winnall Richard, esq. Mount house
Colley Henry, farmer, Huffley
Lloyd Thomas, farmer, Albright Hussey
Walters John, Lion inn
Wright William, farm bailiff

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

Further Reading

The Registers of Battlefield Shropshire 1665-1812 Paperback - Amazon

Church of St Mary Magdalene, Battlefield Shropshire Paperback – 1998 by Michael Charlesworth (Author)  - Amazon


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Atcham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Shrewsbury
  • Poor Law Union: Atcham
  • Hundred: Albrighton Division
  • Province: Canterbury