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"WOMBRIDGE, a parish in the Wellington division of South Bradford hundred, county Salop, 3 miles E. of Wellington, 13 N.W. of Shrewsbury, and half a mile from Oakengates railway station. The parish is intersected by several canals and railways, and abounds in ironstone and coal, which have been worked from an early period. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the collieries and ironworks at Ketley, the latter turning out vast quantities of merchant bars, guide-iron, and wire-rods. The surface is hilly, and the soil dry and sandy, alternated with stiff clay. There are slight remains of a priory of Black canons, founded by William Fitzalan, of Clun, in the reign of Henry I., and which, at the Dissolution, had a revenue of £72 15s. 8d. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £85. The church, dedicated to SS. Mary and Leonard, was rebuilt about 1760 on the site of an older structure, which was blown down by a storm in 1756, and has been recently enlarged. The Wesleyans have a chapel. There are National schools for both sexes near Oakengates, part of which village is in this parish. The Duke of Sutherland and St. John C. Charlton, Esq., are lords of the manor and chief landowners."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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