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Cressage, Shropshire

Historical Description

Cressage, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Cound parish, Salop, on the river Severn, 4 miles NW by N of Much-Wenlock, and 8 SE of Shrewsbury. There is a station on the Severn Valley section of the G.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Shrewsbury. The township includes Belswardyne, which is in Leighton parish for ecclesiastical purposes. Acreage, 2315; population, 281; population of the ecclesiastical parish, 247. The village is said to derive its name (Christ's Oak) from an oak under which missionaries preached to the pagan inhabitants. This oak has long since disappeared, but there still remains a very large oak tree called the Lady Oak. The Severn is crossed here by a timber bridge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; value, £205. The church is modern.

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


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

Ancient CountySalop 
Civil parishCound 
Poor Law unionAtcham 
Registration districtAtcham1837 - 1935

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 Cressage

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cressage from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Shropshire (Salop) is available to browse.


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Shropshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtSY5
Post TownShrewsbury