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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Salop
Ecclesiastical parish Leighton St. Mary
Hundred South Bradford
Poor Law union Atcham
Registration district Atcham (1837-1935)

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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