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This is the extract for Ercall Magna from the 1870 Kelly's Directory. (Rowton Chapelry click here)

HIGH ERCALL is a large parish comprising the hamlets of Cold Hatton, Cotwall, Moortown, Crudgington, Sleap, Slafford, Ellerdine, Haughton, Isombridge, Osbaston, Poynton Roden, Rowton, Tern and Walton, 8 miles from Shrewsbury, 6 from Wellington and 2 from Crudgington railway station, in the Northern division of the county, Wellington division of the South Bradford hundred, Wellington union and county court district, rural deanery of Wrockwardine, archdeaconry of Salop and diocese of Lichfield. The church of St Michael is a fine old building, with a lofty square tower and eight bells: its date is about 1280: it was much injured in the Parliamentary War, but was substantially repaired afterwards, and in 1864-5 it underwent a thorough restoration under Mr Street, at a cost of about £1600, and is now a handsome church. The church in the place of which the present was built was dedicated to St Edward the confessor. The register dates from the year 1585. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £526, with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Cleveland K.G. and held the Rev. George Bucknill, M.A., of Trinity College, Oxford. A mission church has been erected for the hamlets of Crudgington, Sleap, and Slafford. Crudgington is now a station on the great Western branch line from Wellington to Market Drayton. There is an endowed School for boys, the yearly income is £90, and a separate school girls and infants. There is also an hospital, founded by Francis, Earl of Bradford, for six aged men, with an income of £64; the other charities amounted to £45 yearly. The Duke of Cleveland, who is Lord of the Manor, the Duke of Sutherland, J. Tayleur, Esq., and Patrick Hunter, Esq., are the principal landowners. The soil is principally composed of loam and marl, and rests on the new red sandstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley, turnips and artificial grasses. The area of the parish is 11,799 and the population in 1861 was 1,969: gross estimated renta, £19,562; rateable value £17,944. The hamlets of Cold Hatton, Ellerdine and Rowton form a distinct district for each ecclesiastical purposes, with a chapel of ease.
Parish Clerk, William Amies.
Post Office. - Evan Davies Parry, Postmaster. Letters arrive through Wellington, at 8.30a.m.; box closes at 4:30 p.m. The nearest the nearest money order offices at Wellington and Shrewsbury.
Endowed School ( for boys), Rev. C. H. Hog, M.A., headmaster; David C. Matias, assistant master.
National School (for girls and infants), Mrs Emily Matias, headmistress.
Railway Station, Crudgington, Daniel Houldey, stationmaster.

Bucknill, Rev George M.A., Vicarage.
Forester, George Townsend, Esq.
Hogg, Rev Christopher Haines, M.A. headmaster of endowed School.
Mathias, Mr. David .
Smith, Mrs.
Steedman, Mrs, The Grove.
Williams, Rev Syidney Herbert, B.C.L.
Birch, John, farmer, Rodenhurst Hall
Bourne, John, brick and tile manufacturer, Long Waste.
Delves, Mary (Mrs), Tayleur Arms, Long Waste.
Hampton, George, Miller & farmer, Ercall Mill.
Lockley, William, blacksmith, Long Waste.
Mansell, Thomas, farmer, Ercall Park
Owen, William, Joiner.
Parry, Evan Davies, grocer.
Ridgway, William, blacksmith.
Smallman, Ann, (Mrs), Cleveland Arms.
Steedman, Edward Blakeway, farmer The Hall.

Ball, John, tailor.
Clay, Richard, butcher.
Colley, Edward, tailor.
Icke, Robert, farmer.
Nicklin, Samuel, boot and shoe maker.
Pitchford, William, farmer, Potford.
Ridgway, George, blacksmith.
Shakeshaft, William, farmer.
Vaughan, John, relieving officer.
Webb, John, Seven Stars.

Juckes, Mary (Mrs.), farmer.

Allen, Sarah (Mrs.), farmer.
Atcherley, Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer.

Bennett, Thomas, farmer.
Humphreys, William, blacksmith.
Jenkinson, John, farmer, Sleap.
Madeley, Thomas, bricklayer.
Rider, William, farmer.
Steward, Thomas Lancelot, farmer.

Dickin, Mrs.
Buttery, William, boot and shoe maker and shopkeeper.
Cartwright, James, boot and shoe maker.
Cliff, Thomas, farmer, Heath.
Cotterill, John, farmer, New House
Dicken, Mrs. Thomas, farmer.
Foulkes, William, Oak, Heath.
Foulkes, William, Junior, butcher .
Hamer, William, farmer, Windy Oak
Higginson, William, farmer.
Jefferies, William, wheelwright.
Morris, William, shopkeeper.
Shakeshaft, William, farmer.
Taylor, John, farmer.

Brisbourne, Thomas, farmer.
Leeke, John, farmer.

Bromley, Jeremiah, farmer.
Dixon, Tom, farmer.

Brookes, John, farmer.
Colley, Benjamin, farmer.

Breeze, William, surveyor of roads.
Hamer, Robert, farmer.
Madely, Thomas, farmer
Morgan, Mrs. farmer.

Hunter, Patrick, Esq.
Brisbourne, Peter, farmer.
Cowsell, Thomas, farmer.
Stanway, Richard, farmer, New Farm.

Juckes, Thomas, farmer.

Breeze, John, boot and shoe maker.
Brookes, George (exors. of), farmer.
Hughes, William, Tailor.
Juckes, William, butcher.
Webster, Mary (Mrs.), farmer.
Wilding, James, farmer.

   28 Jun 09

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