Wrockwardine

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"WROCKWARDINE, a parish in the Wellington division of South Bradford hundred, county Salop, 2 miles S.W. of Wellington, 10 E. of Shrewsbury, and half a mile from the Admaston railway station. The parish comprises the townships of Admaston, Allscote, Bratton, Burcott, Clottley, Cluddley, Charlton, Leaton, Long Lane, Wrockwardine, and Wrockwardine Wood. The substratum abounds in coal and ironstone, which are principally worked in the township of Wrockwardine Wood, now constituted a separate ecclesiastical district. The village is situated on ground adjoining a by-road leading from Watling Street turnpike road, and commands a prospect over the surrounding country, including the vale of Salop, the Breddyn hills in North Wales, and the plains of Cheshire, with the hills of Derbyshire in the distance. The manufacture of glass is carried on, and there is a corn-mill on the river Tern, which bounds the parish on the N. In the township of Wrockwardine Wood the Shrewsbury canal passes, and in that of Admaston is a mineral spring with hotel and baths attached. The water contains muriate of soda, a small portion of muriate of lime with iron, and hepatic air. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £400, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, has recently been restored. In the chancel are a painted E. window representing the Saviour, and several monumental tablets. There are National schools for boys and girls, both here and at Wrockwardine, and almshouses for 6 poor persons, built and endowed in 1841. The charities produce about £38 per annum."[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

  • " ADMASTON, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, hundred of South Bradford, in county Shropshire, 1 mile to the S.W. of Wellington, and half a mile S. from Admaston railway station."
  • " ALLSCOTE, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, hundred of South Bradford, in the county of Salop, 3 miles to the N. W. of Wellington. It is a station on the Shropshire Union railway, and is close to the parish church of Wrockwardine. The river Tern rums through it."
  • " BRATTON, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, hundred of Bradford, in the county of Salop, 2 miles from Wellington. The Shropshire Union railway passes near it, with a station in the neighbouring township of Admaston."
  • " CHARLTON, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, in the county of Salop, 2 miles W. of Wellington. The whole of this township is the property of the Duke of Sutherland."
  • " CLUDDLEY, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine in the county of Salop, 1 mile S.W. of Wellington."
  • " LEATON, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, hundred of South Bradford, county Salop, 2 miles W. of Wellington. It is situated near the' river Tern and the Shrewsbury canal. Many of the inhabitants are engaged in the coal and ironstone mines."
  • " LONG-LANE, a hamlet in the parish of Wrockwardine, county Salop, 2 miles W. of Wellington. It is situated near the river Tern and the Shrewsbury and Birmingham railway. Some of the inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring coal and ironstone mines."
  • " RUSHMOORE, a township in the parish of Wrockwardine, county Salop, 3 miles N.W. of Wellington."
  • " WROCKWARDINE-WOOD, a township and ecclesiastical district in the parish of Wrockwardine, county Salop 4 miles W. of Wellington, 5 from Newport, 1 mile from Oaken Gates railway station, and 5 miles from the village of Wrockwardine. A branch of the Shropshire Union canal, which communicates with the Severn, passes through the township. The substratum abounds with coal and ironstone, which are extensively worked by the Lilleshall company on lease from the Duke of Sutherland. The township includes the hamlets of Frenchland and the Nabbs. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £140. The church has recently been repaired. The Primitive and Reformed Methodists have chapels. There are National schools."

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History

St Michael and All Angels Single-aisled church largely rebuilt in the 19thc by J P Harrison. Blocked 12thc N doorway in the nave. Small plain Norman window in the N wall of the chancel. 12thc Priest's Doorway. 12thc font at the W end of the nave. There are fragments of sculpture immured in the exterior of the nave and the chancel. The medieval church belonged to a castle, and the remains of a motte and a bailey castle survive to the W of the church. The castle ceased to be a residence of the lords of the manor after c. 1272 when it passed to the Burnell family of Acton Burnell. In 1315 no manorial buildings remained. Excavations carried out in the grounds of the castle in the 1950s produced 13thc pottery. Church records contain a reference to Roger Clericus who was resident in Smethcott in 1262. The church was rebuilt in 1850.
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