Highley Shropshire Family History Guide

Highley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin: 1551

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Highley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Highley, a village and a parish in Cleobury-Mortimer district, Salop. The village stands on a rising ground, adjacent to the river Severn and to the Severn Valley railway, 7 miles SSE of Bridgnorth; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Bridgnorth. The parish comprises 1,527 acres. Rated property, £1,779. Pop., 407. Houses, 82. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to William Jordan, Esq. Good building stone is quarried, and coal was formerly worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £300. Patron, J. Perry, Esq. The church is tolerable, and has a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £6.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Highley, a parish in Stottesden hund., union of Cleobury-Mortimer, county of Salop; 6¾ miles south-south-east of Bridgenorth, west of the river Severn. Living, a vicarage in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £5 19s. 2d., and returned at £127 10s.; gross income £153. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. S. Burrows. There are 2 daily schools in this parish. Charities, in 1819, £6 5s. per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £128 19s. Acres 1,460. Houses 84. A. P. £1,929. Pop., in 1801, 274; in 1831, 404.

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

The Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Higley. A parish in the Chelmarsh division of the hundred of Stottesden, a vicarage, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Newport, and archdeaconry of Salop. 84 houses, 424 inhabitants. 6 ½ miles south-east by south of Bridgnorth.

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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Highley Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Highley is a village, parish, and station, on the Severn Valley branch of the Great Western Railway, 11 miles from Kidderminster, 7 from Bridgnorth, and 7 from Cleobury Mortimer, in the southern division of the county, Chelmarsh division of the hundred of Stottesden, Cleobury Mortimer union and diocese of Hereford; pleasantly situated on an eminence on the western bank of the Severn.  The church of St. Mary is a small building of stone, in the early English style.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £210, with residence and 90 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Rev. Francis Henry Thicknesse, M.A., vicar of Brackley, Northamptonshire.  The Wesleyan Methodists have chapel here.  Charities of about £10 yearly value are distributed to the poor in bread every Sunday from Christmas to Easter.  Several valuable stone quarries are worked in this parish.  William Jordin, Esq., of Netherton, is lord of the manor, and with the Rev. Samuel Du Pre are chief landowners.  The soil is partly red loam and partly stiff clay; the sub-soil is similar with portions of free-stone.  The area is 1,527 acres, and the population in 1861 was 407; gross estimated rental, £2,335; rateable value, £2,134.
Post Office. – George Gough, postmaster.  Letters, received through Bridgnorth, arrive at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4 p.m.

Burrows Mr. Decimus
Du Pre Rev. Samuel
Jordin Samuel, esq. Netherton
Jordin William, esq. Netherton
Beesom Thomas, farmer, Hazelwell
Bentley Thomas, farmer, The Hag
Bill George, miller, Borl mill
Billingsley Thomas, carrier
Brick Samuel, farmer, Wood end
Edward George, Ship inn
Evans Evan Geo. builder and beer retlr
Gough George, shopkeeper
Hartley John, wheelwright
Harland William, farmer, Rhea hall
Homfray William, shoe maker
Horton John, beer retailer
Jones Richard, farmer, Stone house
Jordin Daniel, farmer
Jordin Thomas, farmer
Kirkham William, farmer
Lane Jesse & Wm., farmers, Wood end
Lawley James, beer retailer
Lawley Thomas, shopkeeper
Lloyd Edward, farmer, Highley wood
Lloyd William, shoe maker
Lowe Thomas, farmer
Moncks Thomas, butcher
Robinson William, blacksmith
Till William, farmer
Tomlinson Richard, farmer, Brookmouth
William Benjamin, tailor

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

Poll Books

Poll Book 1865

Below are the names of those that voted in the election of July 1865 between Col. The Hon. P. E. Herbert, Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bart., and R. Jasper More, Esq.

Poll Book of the Election, July 1865 for the Southern Division of Shropshire.

Bridgnorth Polling District

Highley, Parish of

625 Bentley Thomas

626 Brick Samuel

627 Bray James

628 Burrows William

629 Burows Decimas

630 Crane John

631 Dupre Samuel

632 Evans Edwin Paul

633 Evans George Evan

634 Edwards George

635 Gough George

636 Hazlewood Philip William, The Rev.

637 Hinton William Smith

638 Homer William Thomas

639 Jordin Levi

640 Jones Joseph

641 Jordin Daniel

642 Jordin Thomas

643 Jordin William

644 Kirkham William

645 Lowe Thomas

656 Lloyd William [sic]

647 Lucas William

648 Oakley John

649 Tomlinson Richard

650 Walford William

651 Woolridge James Handley

652 Yates Joseph


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