Wellington Shropshire Family History Guide

Wellington is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wellington Christ Church, Watling Street, Walcott, New Dale, Lawley, Horton, Hadley, Aston, and Arleston.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1626
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1659

Separate registers exist for Wellington Christ Church

  • Parish registers: 1839
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Rodington
  • Kynnersley
  • Wroxeter
  • Withington
  • Little Wenlock
  • Ketley
  • Wrockwardine
  • Lilleshall
  • Wombridge
  • Eyton on the Weald Moors
  • Dawley Magna
  • Preston upon the Weald Moors
  • Wrockwardine Wood

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WELLINGTON, a town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a division, in Salop. The town stands at a convergence of railways, near Watling-street, 2 miles NE of the Wrekin, and 10½ E of Shrewsbury; was originally called Watling-town from Watling-street; was the place where Charles I., in 1642, mustered his forces and issued his first proclamation; is a seat of petty-sessions and county courts, a polling place, and a nominal borough, governed by a mayor and constables; publishes two weekly newspapers; carries on much trade as the centre of a populous mining and agricultural territory, and as a seat of malt-kilns, timber-yards, saw-mills, iron-foundries, nail-works, and glass-works; has recently undergone much extension and improvement, in result of its trade, and from increased facility of railway communication; presents a well built and prosperous appearance; and has a head post-office, designated Wellington, Salop, r. stations with telegraph, a banking-office, several good inns, covered markets and a town hall in the Italian style, erected in 1867 at a cost of about £10,000, a corn exchange of 1868, two mineral springs with baths over them, a modern and handsome parochial church, another modern church, five dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school, alms houses, a workhouse, a weekly market on Thursday, and twelve annual fairs. Pop. in 1861, 5,576. Houses, 1,162.

The parish contains 7 townships and 3 hamlets, and comprises 8,757 acres. Real property, £48,376; of which £7,652 are in mines, £3,592 in ironworks, £281 in canals, and £726 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 11,554; in 1861, 12,998. Houses, 2,545. The head living is a vicarage united with Eyton, and the living of Christchurch is a vicarage, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value of the former, £842; of the latter, £197. Patron of the former, T. Eyton, Esq.; of the latter, the Vicar of W. The vicarage of Hadley and the p. curacies of Ketley and Lawley are separate benefices. The sub-district includes greater part of Wrockwardine parish, and comprises 12,863 acres. Pop., 14,046. Houses, 2,756. The district comprehends also Wombridge and Ercall-Magna sub-districts; and comprises 33,528 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £7,984. Pop. in 1851, 20,729; in 1861, 23,873. Houses, 4,607. Marriages in 1863, 195; births, 919, of which 83 were illegitimate; deaths, 529, of which 225 were at ages under 5 years, and 14 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 2,139; births, 7,613; deaths, 4,842. The places of worship, in 1851, were 16 of the Church of England, with 5,673 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 286 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 479 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 420 s.; 10 of Wesleyans, with 2,546 s.; 1 of New Connexion Methodists, with 196 s.; 13 of Primitive Methodists, with 1,800 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 250 s. The schools were 15 public day-schools, with 1,143 scholars; 49 private day-schools, with 905 s.; 24 Sunday schools, with 3,470 s.; and 3 evening schools for adults, with 71 s.-The division is part of South Bradford hundred, and contains 18 parishes. Acres, 51,252. Pop. in 1851, 32,337. Houses, 6,329.

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

Wellington, a parish and market-town in the Wellington or southern division of the hund. of Bradford, union of Wellington, county of Salop; 11 miles east of Shrewsbury, and 142 north west of London. It contains the townships of Aston, Hodley, Horton, Ketley, Lawley, and Walcott. Pop., in 1801, 7,531; in 1831, 9,671. Houses 1,943. A. P., in 1815, £22,518. Poor rates, in 1838, £1,956 2s. — Living, a vicarage united to the rectory of Eyton, in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Lichfield; rated at £9 5s.; nett income £842. The patronage is with Eyton rectory. The church is an elegant structure of recent erection. Here are a Roman Catholic chapel; an Independent church, formed in 1825; a Baptist; and a Wesleyan Methodist, formed in 1787. In 1833, there were 13 day-schools in this parish, one of which is endowed with £4 6s. 11d. per annum. The Wellington poor-law union comprehends 11 parishes, all in the county of Salop, with a total area of 55 square miles; and a population, in 1831, of 17,945; and, in 1841, of 19,401. Expenditure for the year ending 25th March, 1838, £3,226. Average annual expenditure of the three years preceding formation of the union, £6,207: being a decrease of 48 per cent. Expenditure for the year ending 25th March, 1841, £4,349 4s. The workhouse has been enlarged by the poor-law commissioners at an expense of £1,400. — The town is about 2 miles south from the Wrekin; near the ancient Watling-street. The streets are lighted with gas. The lord-of-the-manor — the Duke of Cleveland — holds a court annually in November, at which officers are appointed for the government of the town, and constables for the different townships within the hundred of Bradford. The magistrates of the county hold the petty-sessions for the hundred here; as also a court-of-record for the hundred of Bradford, before which any debts not exceeding £20 can be recovered. This court was constituted by letters-patent of Charles II., in 1672. The lock up house is a detached building, lately erected at the expense of the county. It contains four cells. There is also a debtors' prison here. The number of prisoners since the 18th of August, 1826, to the 20th of July, 1837, was 108. The market is held on Thursday. It was granted to Hugh Burnel in the reign of Edward I. Fairs for horned cattle, horses, sheep, and swine, are held on March 29th, June 22d, September 29th, and November 17th. At these fairs large quantities of farm and dairy produce, as also horses, horned cattle, and sheep, are sold. There is a branch of Stuckey's banking company here, and also of the Shropshire banking company. The parish is well supplied with coal, and large quantities of ironstone and limestone are found here. In consequence, Wellington has long been the seat of extensive operations in the manufacture of iron and iron articles, particularly of nails. The town has ample communication with the Severn by means of the Shrewsbury and Shropshire canal. — In the vicinity, at Admaston, are two wells, the basis of one of which is sulphureous, and of the other chalybeate. They are supposed to possess medicinal qualities; and having, of late years, attained a considerable degree of celebrity, have been frequented by people from all parts of the country, particularly by those who are afflicted with rheumatic complaints. For the accommodation of visiters, a large and comfortable inn, with ample baths, has been built.

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


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Aston. A township in the parish of Wellington, and in the Wellington division of the hundred of Bradford, South. 3 miles south-west by west of Wellington.

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


Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Lawley. A township in the parish of Wellington, and in the Wellington division of the hundred of Bradford, South. 2 miles south-east by south of Wellington.

One of the hills in the eastern line of the plain of Shropshire.

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


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Hadley. A township in the parish of Wellington, and in the Wellington division of the hundred of Bradford, South. 1 ½ mile south of Wellington.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Hadley, a township in the parish and union of Wellington, Wellington division of the hundred of South Bradford, N. division of Salop; containing 1280 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


Vision of Britain historical maps


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Aston John, Wellington, Salop, mercer and hatter, Nov. 10, 1829.

Blyth James, Wellington, Salop, draper, May 21, 1822.

Bradbury George, Hadley, Wellington, Salop, maltster, March 13, 1821.

Evans Cecil, Spout lane, Wellington, Salop, corn factor, Jan. 30, 1838.


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

Historic Photographs

Market Square

The Square

Church Street

New Street

High Street & Holyhead Road And Mill Bank