Wem, Shropshire Family History Guide


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


Other places in the parish include: Tilley, Tilley and French, Wolverley, Aston, Cotton, Soulton, Lacon, Lowe and Ditches, Northwood, Sleap, and Horton.


Parish church:


Parish registers begin: 1583


Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Irvingite/Catholic Apostolic Church, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.



Adjacent Parishes




  • Loppington
  • Broughton
  • Moreton Corbet
  • Ellesmere
  • Edstaston
  • Weston under Redcastle
  • Whixall
  • Lee Brockhurst
  • Newtown
  • Clive
  • Myddle
  • Prees
  • Bettisfield







Historical Descriptions


Wem


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870


WEM, a small-town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred, in Salop. The town stands on the Crewe and Shrewsbury railway, and on the Ellesmere canal, 11 miles N by E of Shrewsbury; is supposed by Horsley, but without any good evidence, to occupy the site of the Roman station Rutunium; belonged, at Domesday, to W. Pandulph; passed to the Howards, the Wycherleys, and Judge Jeffreys; gave to Jeffreys, in 1685, the title of Baron; declared for the parliament at the outbreak of the civil wars of Charles I.; sustained and repelled, in 1643, an attack by a party of the royal troops; suffered devastation by fire in 1677, with the loss of not less than £23,000 worth of property; numbers among its natives Lord-Mayor Adams who died in 1667, and Wycherley the dramatist; appears, at some time, to have been incorporated; is now a polling place; carries on malting and leather manufacture; comprises one large street, and several cross-streets and lanes; and has a post-office under Shrewsbury, a r. station, a banking office, a town hall of 1848, a market house, a church rebuilt in 1679, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £337 a year, a workhouse, charities £45, a weekly market on Thursday, and six annual fairs. The parish contains eleven townships and a part; and comprises 13,841 acres. Real property, £24,834. Pop., 3,802. Houses, 814. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £2,300. Patron, the Duke of Cleveland. The p. curacies of Edstaston and Newtown are separate benefices. The sub-district contains 8 parishes and a chapelry, Acres, 34,547. Pop., 7,282. Houses, 1,515. The district includes Prees sub-district, and formerly included also Whitchurch and Malpas sub-districts. Acres of the present district, 51,197; of the former district, 90,273. Poor rates in 1863, of the present district, £4,719; of the former district, £9,763. Pop. in 1851, of the present d., 10,625; of the former d., 21,995; in 1861, of the present d., 10,644; of the former d., 21,916. Houses of the present d., 2,230; of the former d., 4,567. Marriages, in 1863, of the present d., 71; of the former d., 166; births of the present d., 341, of which 34 were illegitimate; of the former d., 725, of which 98 were illegitimate; deaths of the present d., 187, of which 50 were at ages under 5 years, and 7 at ages above 85; of the former d., 440, of which 137 were at ages under 5 years, and 16 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, of the former d., 1,419; births, 6,037; deaths, 4,130. The places of worship, in 1851, of the former d., were 21 of the Church of England, with 8,225 sittings; 9 of Independents, with 2,125 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 710 s.; 9 of Wesleyans, with 1,090 s.; 1 of New Connexion Methodists, with 50 s.; 22 of Primitive Methodists, with 1,472 s.; 2 undefined, with 40 s.; and 1 of the Catholic and Apostolic church, with 140 s. The schools were 27 public day-schools, with 2,141 scholars; 28 private day-schools, with 519 s.; 28 Sunday schools, with 1,505 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 19 s.-The division contains three parishes and a part; and is part of North Bradford hundred. Acres, 35,029. Pop. in 1851, 6,691. Houses, 1,378.


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


Aston


Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850


Aston, in Wem parish. P. 212


Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Aston. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 1 mile east of Wem. 51 houses, 262 inhabitants.


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


Cotton


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Cotton. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford North. 75 houses, 458 inhabitants. 3 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


Horton


Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Horton. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 1 ½ mile north-west 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


Lacon


Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Lacon. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 4 houses, 45 inhabitants. 1 ½ mile north-east of Wem.


Part of Lacon is said to belong to one Bannister, who was steward to the unfortunate Duke of Buckingham, in the reign of Richard the third. The memory of Bannister is rendered infamous by his base treachery to his master.


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


Lowe and Ditches


Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Lowe and Ditches. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 13 houses, 93 inhabitants. Lowe, 1 mile north-west, - Ditches, 1 mile north-west by west 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


Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845


Ditches, with Lowe, a township, in the parish and union of Wem, Whitchurch division of the hundred of North Bradford, N. division of Salop, 1 mile (W.) from Wem; containing 98 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.


Northwood


Shropshire Gazetteer 1824


Northwood. A township in the parish of Wem, and in the Whitchurch division of the hundred of Bradford, North. 33 houses, 182 inhabitants. 4 miles north-west 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


Tilley


Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845


Tilley, a township, in the parish and union of Wem, Whitchurch division of the hundred of North Bradford, N. division of Salop, 1 mile (S.) from Wem; containing 333 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.


Parish Registers


Wem Parish Registers Part I 1583-1744


Shropshire Parish Registers Diocese of Lichfield Vol. IX (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


Wem Parish Registers Part I 1583-1744 - Archive.org


Wem Parish Registers Part II 1745-1812


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


Wem Parish Registers Part II 1745-1812 - Archive.org


Transcriptions


Wem Marriages 1582 to 1599

1582


Oct. 19. Im primis George Tatnall, Clarke, & Marye Newans, mar.


Oct. 22. Thomas Cartewrighte, p. Hodnet, & Alice Cliffe, p. Childs Arkoe, mar.


Nov. 24. Edwarde Hutte & Anne Drurye, mar.


Dec. 1. Roger Evans & Margarett Judson, wid., mar.


Dec. 1. Homfrey Evans & Alice Judson, mar.


Dec. 1. John [Munceloe?] & Margery [Stooke?], mar.


Jan. 27. Thomas Starbee & Mary Postell, mar.


Jan. 28. Thomas Hussey & Jane, d. of William Menlove, mar.

1583


Apr. 26. Humphrey Aston & Ellyne Mounsey, mar.


June 6. Thomas Edge & Margery Watkys, mar.


June 15. Thomas Pue & Katheryne Blackburne, mar.


July 15. John Heywarde & Margery Beayne, mar.


Aug. 19. William Humfreyes & Jone Bawde, mar.


Dec. 1. Rycharde Ryder & Elizabeth, d. of William Thurlyne, mar.


Jan. 6. Rycharde Welshe & Elliner Worter, mar.


Feb. 14. Robarte Deverese & Margery Rychardson, mar.


Feb. 15. Thomas Menlove & Elizabeth Foxe, mar.


1584


May 18. William Elson & Margery Boothe, mar.


May 31. George Tyrer & Jane Addams, mar.


July 20. Edwarde Cooper & Jane Bostocke, mar.


Nov. 2. John [Timoe?] & Jane Hussey, mar.


Nov. 7. Rycharde Syer & Ellyne Whorde, mar.


Nov. 24. James Gregorye & Margarett Shirrett, mar.


Feb. 2. Rycharde Barloe & Elizabeth Kynnarley, mar.


Jan. 26. John Higginson & Mary Hinton, mar. (Note: Entered here in the original)


1585


May 3. William Turner & Jane Tyler, mar.


May 15. William Heywarde & Margaret, d. of William Sewell, mar.


June 12. John Rogers & Anne Clarke, mar.


June 19. Thomas Pipeley & Jone Sewell, mar.


July 19. William Rycrofte & Alice Gamoe, mar.


July 17. Rycharde Grace & Elizabeth Pee, mar. (Note: Entered here in the original)


Aug. 23. Rycharde Higginson & Katheryne Higginson, mar.


Oct. 16. Randell Griffyes & Jane Brayne, mar.


Oct. 24. John Parton & Jone Thorelyme, mar.


Nov. 30. Roger Lee & Margaret Calcott, mar.


1586


Apr. 13. John Cowper, the elder, & Isabell Wrighte, mar.


Apr. 13. John Cowper, the younger, & [Ayos?] Wrighte, mar.


May 6. Thomas Robinson & Ellyne Higginson, mar.


May 31. Thomas Grome & Moode Watkys, mar.


June 5. Rycharde Drurye & Katheryne Jenkyns, mar.


Sep. 24. William Cadman & Ellinne Whitfylde, mar.


Sep. 26. George Griffyes & Jane Holbroeke, mar.


Oct. 29. Lawrance Robinson & Ellin Shirret, mar.


Nov. 3. Hughe Davye & Margery Hinton, mar.


Nov. 26. Rycharde Doughtye & Anne Evans, mar.


Jan. 29. George Hussey & Alice Welshe, mar.


Feb. 6. Thomas Pydggine & Blanche Jones, mar.


Feb. 6. James Jaxson & Elline Bentley, mar.


1587


May 15. Roberte Waters & Katheryne Eaton, mar.


June 10. John Powell & Alice Smith, mar.


July 3. Rondell Goghe & Ellyne Cartewright, mar.


Sep. 9. Thomas Mason & Jane Jenkyne, mar.


Sep. 30. Thomas Peete & Margery Gregory, mar.


Oct. 14. Rycharde Judson & Ellne Rydley, mar.


Dec. 2. William Atcherley & Thomason [blank] , mar.


Jan. 30. Rycharde Wade & Ellyne Whitefyelde, mar.


Feb. 1. John Newton & [Cicell?] Watkys, mar.


1588


May 6. Rycharde Whorde & Anne Russell, mar.


May 6. Thomas Cowper & Elizabeth Goghe, mar.


June 9. Richarde Chaddocke & Katheryne Gooden, mar.


July 6. William Watkys & Margery Newnes, mar.


Oct. 5. John Shore & Susan Brugis, mar.


Nov. 6. Peter Bowser & Anne Jebbe, mar.


Nov. 6. Edwarde Gosnell & Amy Morrice, mar.


Jan. 22. Hugh ap Thomas & Alinne Judson, mar.


Jan. 24. Roberte Pitchforde & Ann Done, mar.


Jan. 25. Thomas Ellis & Margery Higginson, mar.


Jan. 27. Rycharde Harrison & Jane Watkys, mar.


Feb. 8. John Harper & Jane Hussey, mar.


Feb. 10. Thomas Mourton & Anne Harrson, mar.


1589


May 3. John Cartewrighte & [Cath’e?] Chalner, mar.


June 2. John Reeve & Margaret Pee, mar.


June 2. Rolande Hill & Margaret Cartewrighte, mar.


June 9. William Barrowe & Elizabeth Bowser, mar.


June 21. John Sanlonde & Margaret Newans, mar.


June 30. John Arnewey & Alis Crompton, p. Iton Wilmore, by Rycharde Felton, Clarke; licensed under the hande & seale of the right worshipfull Mr. Babington, chancellor of Co: & Lich: to solemnize the same.  Wytnesses: John Newton, clarke; Peter Bowser, alias Carter; & Rycharde Moose, mar. (Note: Iton Wilmore is Eyton on the Wild Moors)


July 29. Thomas Downe & Elizabeth Morrice, mar.


Oct. 5. John Goughe & Ellynne Whicke, mar.


Nov. 4. Thomas Let & Anne Eccles, mar.


Jan. 17. John Fardall & Margery Rycharde, mar.


Jan. 31. Thomas Duddleson & Margery Davies, mar.


Jan. 31. Rycharde ap David & Margery Nonniley, mar.


Feb. 14. Rondle Walton & Katheryne [Trevoure?] , mar.


Mar. 2. John Smithe & Jane Bowde, mar.


1590


May 9. Roger Hussey & Margaret Chetto, mar.


May 9. William Evans & Margery Peaus, mar.


June 20. William Burleton & Elizabeth Higginson, mar.


Aug. 8. William Addams & Katheryne Ekynee, mar.


Sep. 1. Thomas Meiriche & Elizabeth Harper, mar.


1591


May 8. George Woddall & Jane Mostley, mar.


July 18. William Menlove & Elline Wrighte, mar.


Sep. 18. Leynarde Bromely & Anne Higginson, mar.


Jan. 16. Thomas Bate & Jane Newans, mar.


Jan. 22. John Hanley & Katheryne Iveson, mar.


Jan. 22. Thomas Rogers & Jane Heywarde, mar.


1592


Apr. 29. William Evans & Margery Scasebricke, mar.


Aug. 5. Charles Whord & Margery Oliver, mar.


Aug. 5. Lewis ap Morris & Margery Brayne, mar.


Sep. 30. Phillipe Vaughan & Elline Sandlane, mar.


Nov. 4. John Rawlinson & Margaret Addams, mar.


Nov. 19. Roger Burleton & Anne Forgham, mar.


Nov. 25. Rycharde Thurline & Margery Laurance, mar.


Nov. 27. Robarte Draper & Elizabeth Ryder, mar.


Nov. 27. Thomas Barker & Anne Coton, mar.


Feb. 10. Samuell Beyly & Margery Aldersey, mar.


1593


June 10. George Coton & Elline, d. of John Barne, mar.


Aug. 30. Thomas ap Robarte & Ellyne Davy, mar.


Sep. 24. Thomas Phillippe & Margaret Heywarde, mar.


Oct. 15. John Chalner & Isabell Rychardeson, mar.


Jan. 21. William Evans & Jone Harper, mar.


Jan. 22. Vincent Stanworthe, of Lee, & Anne Howells, p. Elsmere, mar.


Jan. 26. Thomas Gadde & Malde Higginson, mar.


Jan. 26. Edward Maddoxe & Jone Taylor, mar.


Feb. 9. Addam Cartewrighte & Margaret Bronghall, mar.


Feb. 11. William Watkys & Jane Allenson, mar.


1594


Apr. 27. Edwarde Addams & Margery Fardall, mar.


May 27. William Bostocke & Margaret Ridley, mar.


Oct. 6. George Broxton & Mary [Sole?] , mar.


1595


Aug. 25. Richarde Adams & Jone Heywarde, mar.


Aug. 26. John Wrighte & Anne Ellis, mar.


Nov. 8. Richarde Holden & Anne Tayler, mar.


Nov. 29. Robert Lister & Jane Newnes, mar.


Jan. 31. Rolande Wade & Margery Higginson, mar.


Feb. 3. Thomas Peate & Elizabeth Haughton, mar.


Feb. 23. Hughe Wolryche & Jane Maddoxe, mar.


1596


May 15. Thomas Parton & Jane Thurline, mar.


May 20. Richarde Chilterton & Anne Evans, mar.


May 22. Thomas Fernett & Cicilie Clibbery, mar.


June 19. Richarde Allenson & Isabell Allen, mar.


June 26. John Cartewrighte & Jane Downe, mar.


Nov. 22. Thomas Ricrofte & Allice Hatchet, mar.


Nov. 23. George Newton & Jane Ellis, mar.


Feb. 7. John Morgane & Jane Higginson, mar.


1597


June 30. Phillippe Hill & Jane Loyde, mar.


Aug. 29. William Beseforde & Amye Edwards, mar.


Nov. 14. James Hill & Jone Addams, mar.


Nov. 26. John Kettell & …. Doncaster, p. Prees, mar.


Jan. 28. Roger Adams & Jane Drurye, mar.


Feb. 6. George Peate & Dorathy Tyler, mar.


Feb. 28. John Podmere & Anne Beyly, mar.


1598


May 20. Thomas Pey & Jone Chetto, mar.


June 12. Meredethe ap Rees & Anne Chetto, mar.


July 15. Thomas Creake & Margery Phillips, mar.


Sep. 12. John Allen & Margerye Ellis, mar.


Jan. 29. Richarde Ricrofte & Elizabethe Mannaringe, mar.


1599


Apr. 10. Edwarde Ditches, p. St. Chades [Shrewsbury?], weaver, & Elizabethe, d. of Charles Richardson, yeoman, mar.


Apr. 19. Thomas Cowper, yeaman, & Katherine, d. of John Allenson, yeoman, mar.


July 7. Robarte ap John, husbandemane, & Jane, d. of Margery Mose, wid., mar.


Aug. 29. Rondle Meikin, yomane, & Katherine, d. of John Bromall, gent., mar.


Sep. 24. John Evans, laborer, & Jone Poole, wid., mar.


Oct. 15. Raphe Harper & Margret Sandland, mar.


Dec. 1. George Higginson, chapman, & Elizabethe, d. of John Peate, husbandman, mar.


Jan. 19. Homfrey Southall, shukere, & Katherine, d. of Richard Jebbe, yeoman, mar.


Wem Marriages 1600 to 1602

1600.


May 24. Jeffrey Coller, p. Whitchurch, husbandman, & Alis Lewis, mar.


June 8. Homfrey Beyly, blacksmith, & Margaret Sturdy, mar.


June 14. David Edwards, tanner, & Jone Sturdy, wid., mar.


Aug. 30. Thomas Grace, weaver, & Jane Griffyes, sp, mar.


Sep. 20. Richarde Williams, p. Oswestree, husbandman, & Elizabeth Roberts, wid., mar.


Sep. 28. Thomas Geste, p. Marberie, husbandman,  & Jane, d. of Thomas Beyly, of Tilley, mar.


Oct. 11. Edwarde France, husbandman, & Jone Aston, sp., mar.


Nov. 29. John Newans, of the Clive, weaver, & Margery Creake, wid., mar.

Feb. 2. Richard Hall & Jees Wackley, mar.


Feb. 3. William Higley, p. Loppiton, & Margrett Walle, p. Staunton, mar.


Feb. 4. Thomas Allinson & Elizabethe Skrimshoe, mar.


1601.


Apr. 25. Richarde Cliffe, of Morton Se, taylor, & Margarett Donne, sp., mar.


May 11. William Jennins, p. the Malpas, gent., & Sara, d. of John Bromall, gent., mar.


May 12. Yevan Beyly, p. Alberbury, yeoman, & Margaret, d. of John Adams, yeoman, mar.


May 16. Barnarde Barloe, cowper, & Elline Davyes, sp., mar.


June 13. Phillippe ap John, p. Elsemere, husbandman, & Margery, d. of Elizabethe Hussey, wid., mar.


June 22. John Johnson, p. Whitchurch, weaver, & Elline Benion, wid., mar.


July 20. Richarde Higginson, yeoman, & Isabell, d. of Thomas Tyler, yeoman, mar.


Aug. 15. Richarde Grome, yeoman, & Winnifreede Calcott, mar.


Jan. 19. Mathewe Hardinge, labourer, & Malde Davyes, sp., mar.


Jan. 19. John Gibbons, labourer, & Anne, d. of John Tayler, labourer, mar.


Feb. 2. Richarde ap. Thomas, labourer, & Elizabethe Cartewrighte, mar.


1602.


Apr. 10. Thomas Wilson, citizen of London, butcher, & Anne, d. of Agatha Richardson, wid., mar.


May 17. William Newans, p. Ightefyelde, husbandman, & Elizabethe Downes, wid., mar.


June 2. Thomas Evans, husbandman, & Katherine Phillipps, p. St. Maryes [Shrewsbury?], mar.


June 5. Thomas Hatton, tayler, & Elizabethe Edwards, sp., mar.


June 12. Nicholas Brindle, wheelewrighte, & Elline Blackeburne, sp., mar.


July 3. John Gregorye, wheelewrighte, & Isabell, d. of Homfrey Watkys, yeoman, mar.


Oct. 9. Thomas Woode, husbandman, & Elizabethe Beddoe, sp., mar.


Oct. 31. William Mulliner, tayler,& Anne, d. of John Peate, husbandman, mar.


(End of book that is in my possession)


The Register of Wem Presbyterian Chapel 1755 to 1814


Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)


Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William


Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society


The Register of Wem Presbyterian Chapel 1755 to 1814 - Archive.org


The Register of Wem Chapel St. Independent Chapel 1785-1836


Read the complete book online at the Open Library
Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)


Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William


Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society


The Register of Wem Chapel St. Independent Chapel 1785-1836 - Archive.org


Directories


Wem Universal British Directory 1791

Wem is a market-town, near the source of the Rodan, distant from London one hundred and fort-eight miles, nine from Salop, thirty-two from Chester, and twenty from Newport.  Market-day on Thursday; and fairs May 6, June 29, and November 22.  it is a place of great antiquity.  Wem was the title bestowed by King James II on his worthless and wicked lord-chancellor Judge Jefferies.  In 1676 great part of the town was burnt down.  Sir Thomas Adams, lord-mayor of London, gave the house in which he was born to be a free-school for the children of this town.  The church has a square tower and six bells.

Post-Office – The post is dispatched for London Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, at eight in the evening; arrives from London every Morning at five o’clock, except Tuesday.  Dispatched for Whitchurch Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, at eight in the evening; arrives from Whitchurch Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, at the same hour: William Deakin, post-master.
There is no stage or mail coach to or from this town. – A wagon from the White Horse inn, to Manchester, every Tuesday. – James Brown’s cart to Shrewsbury Saturday and Wednesday; returns the same days. – The following are the principal inhabitants:


Gentry, &c.


Bickerton Mrs.
Cokebourn Capt. George, Navy
Dickin Thomas, Esq.
Hodgson Mr. John
Roberts Owen, Esq.
Wickstead Mr. Richard


Clergy.


Aslet Rev. William, Dissenting Minister
Dickin Rev. George
Edwards Rev. Peter, Dissenting Minister
Smallbrook Rev. Samuel
Spedding Rev. John
Walker Rev. Richard


Physic.


Clay Joseph, Surgeon
Gwinn Edward, Surgeon
Higgins Thomas, Surgeon


Law.


Henshaw John, Attorney
Jeffreys William, Attorney
Lee John, Attorney
Walford John, Attorney


Traders.


Allison John, Shoemaker
Ashford Joseph, Hair-dresser
Bagshaw John, White Horse Inn
Baker John, Taylor
Basford Daniel, Clockmaker
Briscoe John, Baker
Brockham – , Wheelwright
Bucks Thomas, Currier
Bull John, Grocer
Cartwright William, Staymaker
Clayton Francis, Shoemaker
Colley Samuel, Maltster
Cook William, Farmer
Cottam John, Victualler, (Three Tuns)
Darlington Tho. Victualler, (Talbot)
Dawes George, Maltster
Drewry John, Victualler
Edwards James, Taylor
Elkes Tho. Victualler, (Buck’s Head)
Evans John, Shoemaker
Garbet James, Cabinet-maker
Golding Joseph, Victualler, (Hart)
Gough Edward, Currier
Gregory Thomas, Hair-dresser
Griffith William, Draper
Hales John, Victualler, (White Lion)
Hales Arthur, Smith
Hales John, Shoemaker
Hales Robert, Butcher and Victualler
Harris Thomas, Staffordshire-ware-shop
Hildish Joseph, Victualler, (Bull’s Head)
Howard Andrew, Hatter
Ireland Philip, Liquor Merchant
Jab William, Miller
Jeffreys Thomas, Miller
Jenkins Tho. Victualler, (New Crown)
Jinkes William, Sadler
Jones Arthur, Gardener and Seedsman
Kelvert Anne, Milliner and Mantua-maker
Kitching David, Draper
Kynaston John, Baker
Lane Anne, Black Lion Inn
Lawrence James, Boot and Shoe Maker
Lee Sarah, Huckster
M’Call Samuel, Linen-draper
Mason John, Cabinet-maker
Morris Andrew, Taylor
Newns Richard, Farmer
Newns John, Victualler, (Horse and Jockey)
Parker Timothy, Skinner and Breeches-maker
Pidgeon Thomas, Butcher
Pidgeon William, Chandler & Butcher
Prince Sarah, Milliner
Prince Charles, Shoemaker
Ralph Elizabeth, Huckster
Richards Edward, Schoolmaster
Roberts Benjamin, Breeches-maker
Sandland Thomas, Staymaker
Sandland Thomas, Cabinet-maker
Sharrat Richard, Grocer and Ironmonger
Shaw Thomas, Shoemaker
Shenton William, Plumber and Glazier
Snape John, Taylor
Swanwick Mrs. Ladies Boarding-school
Vickers Richard, Swan Inn
Wilkinson Thomas, Farmer
Walford George, Timber-merchant
Walker John, Roper
Wamsley William, Maltster
Wamsley John, Draper
Watkiss John, Smith
Yond Samuel, Dyer


About three miles and a half from this town are the delightful seat and park of Sir Richard Hill, member of parliament for the county. – Redcastle is near Wem, on a rocky hill, anciently called Radcliff.


Source: Universal British Directory 1791


Bankrupts


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.


Allmand Richard, Wem. Salop, victualler, June 1, 1832.


Astley George, Wem, Salop, farmer, July 14, 1821.


Bellingham Richard, Wem, Salop, boot and shoe-maker, Nov. 25, 1842.


Burton Henry, Wem, Salop, corndealer, Feb. 28, 1840.


Administration


  • 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


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