Great Wollaston, Shropshire Family History Guide

St. John the Baptist at Wollaston
St. John the Baptist at Wollaston, near to Wollaston, Shropshire, Great Britain. A well preserved stone church in a tiny Shropshire hamlet. The copyright on this image is owned by Anne and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Great Wollaston is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Shropshire, created in 1733 from chapelry in Alberbury Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Woolaston, Wollaston.

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1829

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Great Wollaston

  • Alberbury
  • Westbury

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WOLLASTON, a chapelry in Alberbury parish, Salop; near Middletown r. station, and 10¾ miles W of Shrewsbury. Post town, Alberbury, under Shrewsbury. Real property, £2,482. Pop., 367. Houses, 73. The property is subdivided. There are quarries and lead mines. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £95. Patron, the Vicar of Alberbury. The church is tolerable.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Great Wollaston; or Woolaston. A township in the parish of Alberbury, and in the Ford division of the hundred of Ford, a chapel to Alberbury, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Pontesbury, and archdeaconry of Salop. 11 miles west 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


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Atcham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Pontesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Atcham
  • Hundred: Ford
  • Province: Canterbury