SHROPSHIRE, England - History and Description, 1868
"SHROPSHIRE, (or Salop), an inland county in the W. of England, is bounded on the N. by Cheshire, E. by Staffordshire, S. by Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and W. by the Welsh counties of Radner, Montgomery, and Denbigh. It lies between 62° 18' and 53° 0' N. lat. and between 2° 14' and 3° 12' W. long. Its extreme length from N. to S. is 48 miles, and its greatest breadth from E. to W. is 40 miles. The area of the county is 1,343 square miles, or 859,520 acres, of which 790,000 acres are arable, meadow, and pasture. The population at the commencement of the century was 169,248; in 1851 it was 229,341; and in 1861, 240,959, or 42 per cent: over the number in 1801." (There is more of this description).
- Shropshire - Archives and Libraries - links and information.
- Salter, Mike - The Old Parish Churches of Shropshire. Folly Publications: ISBN 1-871731-47-X. I can recommend this book personally - like others in his Old Parish Churches series, it is extremely well-researched, and for me, a regular source of reference.
- The Shropshire FHS website advertises a variety of Local Interest Publications.
- The Rev. R.W. Eyton's "Antiquities of Shropshire" is a unique source of Shropshire history, places and people in the 11th-14thC. It's in 12 volumes and not an easy read but is worth persisting with if you're looking up a specific place. Available at Mel Lockie's website. Added 15 Feb 2011.
- Photos and transcriptions of notable church monuments, provided by the Church Monuments Society. Added 28 Aug 2007.
- Roll of Honour - Shropshire - War Memorial Selection. Added 5 Aug 2005.
- Information about Shropshire Burial Indexes (non-SFHS).
- The Shropshire FHS website are offering transcriptions of Monumental Inscriptions for sale on various media, and they provide a Burial Index on CDROM.
- Shropshire Census - links and information.
- The Britannia, "America's Gateway to the British Isles" Index of Parish Churches features Shrewsbury Abbey Church - "Home of St. Winifred & Brother Cadfael".
- Transcriptions of Hereford Bishops' Registers, and in particular the names of Rectors (or Vicars) and their Patrons for each Benefice of Hereford Institutions, provided by Mel Lockie. N.B. a significant number of Shropshire parishes were in Hereford Diocese. Added 9 Oct 2007.
- The searchable LDS website - IGI and Familysearch. Note on using IGI Batch Numbers It is not always easy to locate your ancestors in the IGI using the search mechanisms provided at the above LDS site. Manually typing the batch numbers into the IGI search screen can be tedious. Hugh Wallis has made an exhaustive search of the likely ranges of batch numbers and created a database of those numbers and the source records that they apply to. A very powerful feature included is a hotlink from each batch number to the actual search engine provided at the Family Search site, including the ability to enter the surname you are looking for. This makes it very easy to search all the batches for a particular geographic location using just the last name you are searching for - something that is not possible directly from the LDS site without doing a lot of typing. This is Hugh Wallis's site.
- Information about Shropshire Marriage Indexes. However, amongst many other products, the SFHS (see below) also have available a Shropshire Marriage Index.
- The Shropshire FHS website advertises various Printed Registers on Microfiche. For Burials see Cemeteries above.
- Ancestry.com (under "Shropshire, England: Parish and Probate Records") has a number of indexes of parish registers. Searching is free; a subscription is required to see the detailed results.
- The Society of Genealogists web site has a searchable list of their holdings of Parish Register copies. Added 12 May 2006, amended 2 May 2013.
- Information on the location of Quaker Records in Shropshire provided by the Quaker FHS.
- The Anguline Research Archives, Shropshire page contains a number of resources for sale for Shropshire, including Parish Registers, and Nonconformist and Roman Catholic Registers. Added 11 Jul 2009.
- Transcriptions of some of the Shropshire parish registers published by the Shropshire Parish Register Society are available online at Mel Lockie's site. Added 1 Sep 2009.
- Copies of certificates of Birth, Death and Marriage may be obtained from either the General Register Office (GRO), or from the Superintendent Registrar's Office in the District they were first issued. If the District no longer exists, this would be the Office to which its registers have been moved.
- If ordering from a District (Superintendant's) Register Office,
please note the following:
- the cost of a certificate is £9.25 - send a Sterling cheque payable to the Superintendent Registrar plus return postage or two International Reply Coupons; Updated 3 Mar 2010.
- the General Register Office (GRO) Index references (available via FreeBMD) are of no value;
- for marriage certificates, the precise place of marriage must be given;
- Civil Registration in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837.
- Information about which Local Register Office to contact may be found in Brett Langston's list of Shropshire Registration Districts (1837-1974).
- Alternatively, details about ordering copy certificates is available from Shropshire Council's website (follow the link to Registration Services). Updated 4 Jul 2013.
- If you have a GRO reference, you can order certificates through the General Register Office's own website, via their Certificate Ordering Service, for the same price as locally.
- You can obtain a GRO reference in several ways:-
- Searching microfilm or fiche at a Library or LDS Family History Centre.
- FreeBMD is an ongoing project to make the General Register Office (GRO) Indexes freely available online. More volunteers are needed and details of how you can help are available on-site.
- findmypast.com (formerly 1837online) - images of the complete BMD indexes from the GRO online. Fee payable
- The images are also available on Ancestry.co.uk for which a subscription provides access to a wide range of other records.
- The Prison Service Museum near Rugby houses HM Prison Service's historical
collection of exhibits, illustrating the history of imprisonment from medieval times
to the present day. Housed in a converted stable block, the museum contains
reconstructions of Victorian prison architecture, and exhibits include the
last set of Gibbet Irons used in England. Smaller items include bone
carvings and paintings made by prisoners in their cells, and a nineteenth
century sampler embroidered by a female prisoner from her own hair.
Admission to the museum is by appointment only, please contact:- The Curator,
HM Prison Service Museum,
Tel: 01788 834168
[Information compiled from "The Penal Lexicon Home Page", formerly at www.penlex.org.uk/pages/index.html.]
- The Geograph British Isles project - "aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the UK and the Republic of Ireland..." Added 16 Jun 2007.
- Leicester University's Digital Library of Historical Directories for England and Wales. URL amended 3 Dec 2013.
- For help finding your ancestors onboard ship - The Ships List - of particular interest are the large number of transcribed passenger lists, and records of some Marriages at Sea. Added 10 Dec 2007.
- Some emigrants from Sutton Maddock & Brockton, Shopshire, to Canada in 1834 (particularly the FARMER family).
- A Dictionary of Genealogy & Archaic Terms, Dick Eastman/Randy Jones. Added 3 May 2007.
- Nigel Batty-Smith's site providing UK Genealogy Archives of Shropshire has a description of the county from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5.
- You will also find it worthwhile searching in the comprehensive
The GENUKI Gazetteer covers the whole of England, Wales and Scotland and can be searched by place-name (or part of a place-name) or Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (six-figure, eg SJ490120). If there are multiple place-names matching the name you enter, you will be presented initially with a drop-down list of the matching place-names with their distances and bearings from Shrewsbury.
- The appendix to Gregory's Gazetteer of Shropshire (1824). Added 29 Aug 2011.
- An extract from Leonard's Gazetteer providing a list of places, locations and populations (1850). Added 4 Sep 2011.
- A transcript of the Shropshire parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Shropshire parish entries from Gregory's 1824 Gazetteer of Shropshire,
- The Shropshire section of "Curious Fox" - "The village-by-village contact site for anybody researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland". Added 29 Nov 2006. URL amended 4 Jul 2013.
- Genealogy and Local History collection for Villages and Townships on the Borders of hire,Shropshire and Staffordshire} - with emphasis on the Newport area, also plenty of general interest items for Shropshire as a whole. Updated 3 Dec 2009.
- Sally Lloyd has a growing collection of information about Shropshire on her site The Parish Mouse. Added 22 Jul 2006, URL amended 3 Jan 2013, 6 Apr 2013, 9 Sep 2013.
- Chris Potter is providing chargeable lookups in his extensive databases and transcriptions of mainly South Shropshire research material - see Shropshire Family History Research.
- Various Transcriptions from Shropshire, provided by Malcolm Platt-Grigg.
- Graham Jaunay's Online English Names Directory covers this county.
- The Shropshire Look-Up Exchange - a list of volunteers who hold reference material relating to Shropshire and who are willing to undertake small searches.
- Details of Shropshire Mailing Lists - part of a much larger collection of " Genealogy Resources on the Internet" - pages maintained jointly by John Fuller, with Chris Gaunt.
- The Shropshire GenWeb pages, parts of the England GenWeb Project. These are in turn part of the British Isles GenWeb Project, and overall part of the World GenWeb hierarchy. URL amended 5 Nov 2014.
- The Anguline Research Archives, Shropshire page contains a number of resources for sale for Shropshire. Added 11 Jul 2009.
- A digital library of medieval and modern sources of the history of the British Isles - British History Online. Notable souces include Journals of the House of Commons and House of Lords, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, and the Victoria County History. Added 14 Oct 2005.
- An Encyclopaedia of British History: 1700-1950 - useful for seeing local events against a national perspective. Scroll down the introductory page on this site to see topics - Monarchy, Child Labour, The Railways, &c. Updated url 1 Jun 2014.
- The Domesday Book site - "to enable visitors to find out the history of the Domesday Book and to give an insight into life at the time of its compilation". Note this site does not provide the original text, but does include a list settlements existing in 1086.
- English Heritage Viewfinder - site with historic photographs, searchable by county. Has some unusual ones of the Industrial Age which won't be found amongst the more usual postcard collections!. URL amended 2 Jun 2015.
- The Francis Frith Collection - a collection of over 700,000 photographs of the UK, Europe and the Middle East taken by the Victorian photographer Francis Frith.
- A Vision of Britain Through Time - information about your home area from the 2001 census, and from each British census back to 1801. Presented both as maps of the whole country and as graphs showing change over time.
- An extract from Leland's Itinerary of England and Wales (c. 1540) consisting of his references to Shropshire. Added 28 Nov 2011.
- A table of Shropshire Townships to show the attribution of townships to parishes and hundreds, derived from Gregory's 1824 Gazetteer. Added 25 Aug 2011.
- A list of Shropshire Hundreds with their parishes and townships derived from Gregory's 1824 Gazetteer. Added 27 Aug 2011.
- Parishes on the County Borders, which may cause difficulty - provided by Michael J Hulme/Alan Stanier.
- Some abstracts of Shropshire Feet of Fines (land conveyances) of various dates - on Chris Phillips Medieval English Genealogy web site. Added 22 May 2007.
- Mike Durtnall is providing a country-wide collection of Historical Manuscripts Pages recording details of deeds that have been offered for sale on eBay and in auction catalogues. In most cases whereabouts of the documents will be unknown, but sufficient details of the property involved and of buyers, sellers, mortages, &c. is provided to make them a useful research tool. Added 9 Mar 2007.
- Pat Johnson has a large collection of original Family Deeds. Abstracts, with name and parish indexes are provided onsite, with transcriptions of the full documents available for a modest fee. In addtion, the original deed may also be available for purchase if required. Added 3 Oct 2004. Updated 19 Sep 2007.
- The Equity/Chancery Court Pleadings Database (on the Public Record Office's website) provides an online index to some of the Chancery Pleadings in series C6. Searches can be made by both name and place.
Names from Criminal Registers (PRO Class HO 27) 1805-1816 are available for purchase on floppy disk or microfiche through Family History Indexes (the link to Criminal Register Indexes is part way down the page).
- Access to various satellite map sites (Google, MS Live, &c.) via the convenient front end of Flash Earth. Added 16 Jun 2007.
- The London Ancestor site has maps from the 1885 Boundary Commissioners report for all parts of the British Isles, including Shropshire (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1885).
- A most useful set of maps for the whole of England and Wales,
showing parish boundaries, on a one inch to the mile scale - see:
Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.,
Historic Maps of England and Wales: Boundaries before 1850.
From Feb 2007, these maps were withdrawn from sale, but some classes of user can still download the maps free of charge.
- The Old Maps web site has a wonderful series of 1:10,560 scale historical maps for the whole of the UK available on-line. New url 2 Dec 2014.
- The Genmaps site contains a fine collection of Old Maps of the British Isles for Genealogists and Historians. In particular, see Old Maps of Shropshire.
- The above Genmaps Links pages lists Great Britain - Medieval Maps, which in turn provides several maps including an intriguing Ecclesiastical Map of the British Isles in the Middle Ages, which shows the principal Monasteries, demonstrating some of the earliest centres of habitation and influence.
- Detailed Maps of the area you may be interested in Shropshire are viewable at the UK Street Map Page. The site provides a most useful service, with superb address searching and street map facilities for anywhere in mainland Great Britain.
- Clear, Large Type and Braille Maps. Added 11 Feb 2006.
David Hawgood has produced Maps of Shropshire with Braille labels (large print labels) to help people with visual disabilities, with similar Tactile and large print Maps for other English counties.
- There is an article, Production of Tactile maps with Braille labels explaining how these maps have been produced.
- Medical Heritage of Great Britain, a site produced by the Bath & Wessex Medical History Group, providing detailed information on a county level of the history of medical treatments, and locations of some associated buildings.
- A very comprehensive site featuring Castles and Fortifications - CastleUK.net. Modified 3 Jul 2012.
- The Age of Nelson - a website providing general information about the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815, and specifically searchable databases of those present at Trafalgar (and more) and of all Commissioned Naval Officers 1787-1822.
- Names from Musters of the Shropshire Militia 1781-82 are available for purchase on floppy disk or microfiche through Family History Indexes (the link to Militia Musters is part way down the page).
- The British Library's building at Colindale includes reading rooms providing access to newspapers. See also the British Library's Newspapers Digitisation Project for up-to-date details of research facilities. Updated 5 Mar 2011.
- For other English Newspapers see OnlineNewspapers.com - England.
- Richard Heaton's site, Last Chance To Read, now includes about 550 copies (or eleven years worth) of the Salopian Newspaper starting in 1810. The runs aren't yet complete but a few more will be added when Richard gets time. While the site is free to search, it's pay to view, so be prepared (2 copies - 27/10/1813 and 17/02/1830 - are free of charge). However, anyone interested in Shropshire and surrounding counties should find it helpful.
- The Worshipful Company of Curriers - information about the history of this trade. Added 1 Apr 2008.
- The Virtual Waterways Archive - "Hundreds of years of British waterway history brought together in one online catalogue". Added 19 Nov 2007.
- Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands past and present - select 'Pub Histories' for listings by county. Added 2 Nov 2005.
- The Society of Brushmakers' Descendants assists those with Brushmaking Ancestors, or with an interest in discovering more about the brushmaker's trade.
- Shropshire County Council. This new unitary authority now provides all the services and functions formerly run by Shropshire County Council and Bridgenorth, North Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and South Shropshire District Councils. Changed on 8 Jan 2010.
- A site "dedicated to the Workhouse - its buildings, its inmates, its staff and administrators, and even its poets..." - The Workhouse - created by Peter Higginbotham.
- GENUKI's own list - Shropshire Poor Law Unions - is provided by Michael J Hulme/Alan Stanier.
- The Regency Collection has a section on Postal History, and also includes other interesting material relating to the Regency period - e.g. Turnpike Trusts, Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, and more.
- See Shropshire Archives site for information about Probate Records in Shropshire. URL amended 4 July 2013.
- For Shropshire parishes in St Asaph Diocese, the National Library of Wales has put the Wills on line, though you cannot download them. URL amended 2 Jun 2015.
- For Shropshire parishes in Lichfield Diocese, Chris Potter has a database of 32,000 Probate grants before 1858, complete from 1660 and 30% complete before that date. Added Oct 2009.
- For Shropshire Parishes in Hereford Diocese, Chris Potter has a a database complete from 1660-1858, with 27,000 Grants. Added Oct 2009.
- The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of the United Methodist Church has a list of John Wesley's Preachers, 1740-1791. Added 10 Jul 2006. Updated 2 Feb 2014.
- A brief history of Education in England (3 parts).
- If you are interested in finding out whether your dearest school friends are also researching their family trees, check out Friends United, a site devoted to reuniting old school and college friends. Updated 2 Feb 2014.
- Mother Bedford - "a website devoted primarily to the history of Old-Bedford County, Pennsylvania during the American Revolutionary War period" - a fascinating site including items of general historical interest, e.g.:
- Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 - The Gazetteer, compiled by Dr Samantha Letters is a catalogue of Markets and Fairs in Medieval England and Wales. First comprehensive National Survey, with detailed information about grants of Charters to all Market Towns.
- Victorian Social History: An Overview - Public Health, Education, Conditions of Life and Labour.
- Costume History Society - a very comprehensive site on Fashion and Dress through the ages. URL amended 5 Mar 2014.
- The E 179 Database (on the National Archives website) contains detailed information about over 26,000 documents relating to the taxation of lay people in England and Wales between c.1200 and c.1700. These documents are likely to contain many names.