Leighton, Shropshire

Historical Description

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

Administration

Ancient County Salop
Hundred South Bradford
Poor Law union Atcham

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

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


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Leighton (St. Mary) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Maps

Online maps of Leighton are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)


Visitations Heraldic

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