Harley, Shropshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1745
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1631

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Harley

  • Hughley
  • Much Wenlock
  • Kenley
  • Cressage

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HARLEY, a parish in Atcham district, Salop; on an affluent of the river Severn, 2 miles NW of Much-Wenlock r. station. It has a post-office under Wellington, Salop. Acres, 1,955. Real property, £3,779. Pop., 220. Houses, 50. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, 276. Patron, the Duke of Cleveland. The church is good.

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

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Harley. A parish parley in the franchise of Wenlock, and partly in the Cound division of the hundred of Condover, a rectory, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, the deanery of Salop, and archdeaconry of Salop. 47 houses, 235 inhabitants. 10 ½ miles south-east of Shrewsbury.

The Rev. Benjamin Jenks, who was born either here or in some other part of Shropshire, in the year 1646, held the rectory of Harley fifty six years. He was a most exemplary and pious divine, and appears from the dedication of his books of devotion to Lord Bradford, to have distantly allied to that family, for he claims kindred with the nobleman whom he addresses. He died in 1724. His works are, 1. Prayers and Offices of Devotion, for families, 12mo., a work once very popular, and even now not uncommon. 2. Meditations on various important subjects, 5 vols. 8vo.

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

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Parish Registers

Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. II (1901)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; W. P. W. Phillimore

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Harley Parish Registers 1590-1812 - Archive.org


Harley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871


Vision of Britain historical maps


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