Willey, Shropshire Family History Guide

Willey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1644

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Willey

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILLEY, a parish in Madeley district, Salop; 1¾ mile W of Linley r. station, and 3¼ E by S of Much-Wenlock. Post town, Broseley, under Wellington, Salop. Acres, 1,390. Real property, £1,349. Pop., 149. Houses, 34. The manor, with W. Hall, belongs to Lord Forester. The living is a rectory, united with Barrow, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £200. Patron, Lord Forester. The church is good.

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

Parish Registers

Willey Parish Registers 1644-1812

Shropshire Parish registers Diocese of Hereford Vol. XVI (1915)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society

General editor; W. G. D. Fletcher

Publisher: Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

Willey Parish Registers 1644-1812 - Archive.org


Willey Cassey Shropshire Directory 1871

Willey is a parish, about 2 miles from Broseley, and 4 from Much Wenlock, in the Southern division of the county, Wenlock franchise, Madeley union, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. John is an ancient stone edifice in the Early English style.  The living is a rectory, with a perpetual curacy of Barrow annexed, joint yearly value £200, with residence and 29 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Lord Forester, the lord of the manor and chief landowner.  The population in 1861 was 149; the area is 1,354 acres; gross estimated rental, £2,173; rateable value, £2,066.
Letters through Bridgnorth.

Cartwright Henry, esq., The Dean
Forester Lord, Willey park
Rowley Rev. Thomas, D.D., Rectory
Davies Stephen, farmer, Lodge
Gough Edward, farmer, Bold farm
Raby Edmund, farmer, Bank
Owen Joseph, steward to Lord Forester, The Old hall
Smith Moses, farmer, Dean corner

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

Hearth Tax

Willey The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Format = Name; Fireharths; ll. (Pounds); s. (shillings)
Sir John Weld; 31; 3; 2
Thomas Corbett; 1; 0; 2
Richard Golden; 2; 0; 4
Thomas Evans; 3; 0; 6
George Tompson; 3; 0; 6
Francis Gittins, 1; 0; 2
William Williams; 3; 0; 6
Richard Corbett; 5; 0; 10
Thomas Corbett; 2; 0; 4
John Righte; 2; 0; 4
Henry Bansford; 1; 0; 2
Ambrose Bansford; 1; 0; 2
John Righton; 4; 0; 8
James Doney [Dovey?]; 1; 0; 2
Totals – Fireharths – 60; ll. (Pounds) – 6; s. (Shillings) – 0.


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Madeley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Wenlock
  • Poor Law Union: Madeley
  • Hundred: Much Wenlock Borough
  • Province: Canterbury