Leighton, Shropshire


Leighton, a village and a parish in Salop. The village stands on the river Severn, under the Wrekin, 2 miles NE of Cressage station on the Severn Valley branch of the G.W.R., and 5 NW of Much Wenlock. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Ironbridge (E.S.O.) The parish contains the townships of Leighton and Garm-ston, and, for ecclesiastical purposes, Belswardyne, which is for civil purposes a part of Cressage parish. Acreage, 1712; population of the civil parish, 268; of the ecclesiastical, 302. Leighton Hall is a chief residence. The Wrekin, forming a grand feature, and commanding an extensive view, is on the NE border. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value,, £215. The church is a good brick building, with a wooden tower, and contains a recumbent effigy of a knight in armour, one of the De Leighton family, said to have been brought from Buildwas Abbey at the dissolution.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Shropshire Archives have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Leighton


Old maps of Leighton are available on the old-maps.co.uk site, and a current map is available on the Streetmap.co.uk site.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

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