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"LILLESHALL, a parish in the Newport division of the hundred of South Bradford, county Salop, 3 miles S.W. of Newport, its pest town, and 1 mile from Donington railway station. It is situated on the Donington Wood branch of the Shrewsbury canal, and a little to the S.E. of the Newport and Wellington turnpike road. The parish contains the townships of Donington and Muxton, and the ecclesiastical district of Donington Wood. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the coal mines. The soil consists principally of a strong clay on a subsoil of red sandstone. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £313. The parish church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient stone structure with a tower containing a clock and six bells. In the interior of the church are several tombs, including two full-length effigies of Sir Richard and Lady Katherine Leveson, ancestors of the Duke of Sutherland, bearing the dates 1661 and 1674. The charities produce about £60 per annum. There are National schools for both sexes. Lilleshall House, the seat of the Duke of Sutherland, is a white freestone mansion situated on rising ground, and commanding a very extensive view of the surrounding country. About a mile distant from the church, in a secluded spot, are the ruins of Lilleshall Abbey, including a portion of the church 228 feet in length, with a Norman doorway. The Duke of Sutherland is lord of the manor and chief landowner."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015

  • " DONINGTON, a chapelry in the parish of Lilleshall, hundred of South Bradford, in the county of Salop, 3½ miles S.W. of Newport by the Shropshire Union railway, on which it is a station. It is situated on the Shrewsbury canal, and contains the township of Donington Wood. The inhabitants are mostly coal and iron miners. The living is a curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £197, in the patronage of the Duke of Sutherland, who built the church."
  • " MUXTON, a township in the parish of Lilleshall, county Salop, 4 miles S.W. of Newport. It is situated near the Shrewsbury canal, and it contains many valuable mines."

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