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"WILLEY, a parish in Wenlock franchise, county Salop, 2 miles S. of Broseley, 4½ N.W. of Bridgnorth, and 4 from Much-Wenlock, within which borough it is situated. The village is situated on the Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth road, and near the river Severn. The greater part of the parish is comprised within the park of Lord Forester, who occasionally resides at Willey Hall, and is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Hereford, value £300. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is situated within the park, and contains several monuments to the Weld and Forester families."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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Names, Geographical

  • You may be interested in other places named Willey in the UK:
    • Willey, Devon
    • Willey, Herefordshire
    • Willey, Shropshire
    • Willey, Surrey
    • Willey, Warwickshire
    All except the one in Surrey are mentioned in Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, 1899, cited above.