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Ketley, Shropshire

Historical Description

Ketley, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Wellington parish, Salop. The village stands on Watling Street, 2 miles ESE of Wellington, is inhabited chiefly by miners, and has a station on the Wellington and Severn Junction branch of the G.W.R., and a post and money order office under Wellington; telegraph office, Hadley. The township includes the village, extends considerably into the country, and contains ironworks and coalpits. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1880; population, 2107. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £280 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church was built in 1838 at the Duke of Sutherland's expense, is a cruciform structure, and stands on an eminence commanding extensive views over the surrounding plains, to the Wrekin and the Welsh mountains. There are Wesleyan, Primitive, and United Free Methodist chapels.

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 parishWellington 
HundredSouth Bradford 
Poor Law unionWellington 

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 Ketley

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ketley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Ketley 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.

CountyTelford and Wrekin
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtTF1
Post TownTelford