Edstaston, Shropshire Family History Guide

Edstaston was taken out of Wem, and formed into a separate parish, in 1850. It includes the hamlets of Edstaston and Cotton, and comprises an area of 3,721 acres. The population in 1901 was 740.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1712

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Parishes adjacent to Edstaston

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Edstaston, a chapelry in the parish of Wem, county of Salop; 2 miles north-north-east of Wem. Houses 82. Pop., in 1821, 397; in 1831, 397. Other returns with the parish.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Edstaston. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. A chapel to Wem, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Newport, and archdeaconry of Salop. 2 miles north of Wem.

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 Registers

Edstaston Parish Registers 1712-1812

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. X (1908)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; 1900-1906, W.P.W. Phillimore; 1907- W.G.D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Edstaston Parish Registers 1712-1812 - Archive.org


Edstaston Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Edstaston, with the township of Cotton, is an ecclesiastical parish and pleasant village, 2 miles north-west from Wem. The church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, is an ancient building, having three Norman doorways, and on the south side a handsome stained glass window. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £160, in the gift of the rector of Wem. At Pool head is a Primitive Methodist chapel. A branch from the Ellesmere Canal passes through this township. Viscount Hill is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Edward Chamberlain, Vernon Dolphin, W.C. Kirby, Samuel Job, and H.J. Barker, Esqrs., and Messrs. Boote and Walmsley. The soil varies; the subsoil is sand and clay. The area of the parish is 2,018 ¼ acres. Cotton is four miles north-north-east from Wem. The township contains about 1,704 acres. The principal landowners are Viscount Hill and Miss Bowen.
Letters arrive from Wem.

Poole Mr. George W.
Ryley Samuel, esq.
Bebbington Thomas, farmer
Boote Daniel, farmer
Cliff Maria, shopkeeper
Darlington Joseph, Canal tavern
Darlington William, farmer
Groom George, tailor
Holbrook W., shopkeeper
Howard Wm. farmer
Matthews John, farmer, Rye bank
Moseley John, farmer
Newbrook William, farmer
Rogers Thomas, smith
Sands John, carpenter, &c.
Shuker Abraham, farmer
Sidney William, farmer
Symonds Sarah, shopkeeper
Taylor Wm. farmer, Pepper street
Titley Jacob, Harp Inn
Weston Wm. shopkeeper
Wilkinson George, farmer
Withington Elizabeth, farmer Fox holes

Bowen Miss, Colton hall
Whitehurst John, esq., Cotton grove
Amson Wm. Bull and Dog Inn
Ashley James, grocer, &c.
Ashley Thomas, farmer
Batho Thomas, farmer, Woodend hall
Batho William, farmer
Buckley William, farmer
Cartwright Thomas, farmer
Cotton Thomas, farmer
Crosbie Thomas, farmer
Dickin William, butcher
Hall Rd., shoe maker
Hooson Charles, farmer
Moseley William, farmer
Jones James, farmer
Ikin Moses, farmer Rookery farm
Williams John, farmer
Williams Wm., smith, Cotton wood

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


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wem
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Wem
  • Poor Law Union: Wem
  • Hundred: North Bradford
  • Province: Canterbury