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This is the extract for Ercall Magna from the 1913 Kelly's Directory. (Rowton Chapelry click here)

HIGH ERCALL (or Ercall Magna) is a large parish comprising the hamlets of Cold Hatton, Cotwall, 1 mile East, Moortown, 1 1/2 miles North-East, Crudgington, 3 miles East, Sleap, 3 East, Slafford, Ellerdine, 3 North, Haughton, 3 West, Isombridge, 3 South, Osbaston, 1 North-East, Poynton 2 West, Roden, 1 West, Rowton, Tern, 2 East and Walton 1 North. High Ercall is 7 1/2 miles North-East from Shrewsbury. 5 1/2 North West from Wellington and 2 1/2 West from Crudgington Station (in this parish) on the Wellington and Market Drayton branch of the great Western Railway and 151 from London, in the Northern division of the county. Wellington division of the South Bradford hundred, Wellington petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Wrockwardine, archdeaconry of Salop and diocese of Lichfield. The church of St Michael's dates from 1080, but was enlarged about two centuries later. Its original dedication was to St Edward the confessor. The building is of stone in the early English style, consisting of chancel with chapel on the north side, nave, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower containing a clock and 8 bells: it was much injured in the Civil War, but was substantially repaired afterwards, and in 1864-5 it was restored under the direction of G.E. Street Esq. R.A. at a cost of about £1600 and affords 350 sittings. The register's date from the year 1585. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, with 30 acres of Glebe and residence, in the gift of Lord Barnard, and held since 1911 by the Rev. Arthur Norman Spencer Scott M.A. of Pembroke College, Cambridge. A mission church of brick was erected in 1863, at a cost of about £500, for the hamlets of Crudgington, Sleap, and Slafford: it has a western turret containing one bell, and affords 100 sittings. There is also a Wesleyan chapel at Crudgington, built in 1902, and seating about 100. Here is a hospital, founded in 1694 by Francis, Earl of Bradford, for six aged persons and supported by Lord Barnard: the other charities amount to £26. 16s. 8d. yearly, arising from Thomas's bequest, being the interest on £484. 12s. 3d.: Roddenhurst’s, the interest on £85, and the Poor’s Land of 3a. 3r. 4p. which is let for £8 yearly. A grammar school was founded here in 1663 by Thomas Leeke, but since 1887 the funds have been too low to admit of it is being carried on, and they are used to provide scholarships. Lord Barnard who is lord of the manor and the Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd, Manchester, are the principal landowners: the latter has a large fruit farm at Roden and a convalescent home adjoining. 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 11,302 acres of land and 45 of water; rateable value, £16,379; the population in 1911 was 1,672 in the civil, and 1,241 in the ecclesiastical Parish (which comprises parts of high Ercall and Rodington civil parishes).
The hamlets of cold Hatton, Ellerdine and Rowton form a distinct district for each ecclesiastical purposes, called Rowton under which head they will be found.
Sexton, Richard Webb.
Post, M. O. & T. Office, High Ercall. William H. Cotterill, a sub postmaster. Letters through Wellington, Salop, at 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.: box cleared at 3:30 and 6:20 p.m.; no Sunday Post.
Post Office, Crudgington. John Roster, sub postmaster. Letters through Wellington at 6:50 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.: despatched at 6:40 and 10:20 a.m. and at 7:15 p.m.: no Sunday Post. Waters Upton is the nearest money order and High Ercall, 3 miles distant, the nearest telegraph office for delivery, but there is a telegraph office at the railway station for collection only, which is closed on Sundays.
Post, M. O. & T. Office, Roden. Miss A.M. Ridgway sub postmistress. Letters arrive from Wellington, Salop, at 7:35 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.: despatched at 3:15 and 6:10 p.m. no Sunday Post.
Letterboxes. Osbaston Lane, cleared at 5:30 p.m.: Poynton, cleared of 5:50 p.m. and Walton, cleared at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays only.
Public elementary schools.
Crudgington, (mixed), built in 1877, for 90 children: average attendance 65: Edgar Percy Davies, master.
High Ercall (mixed), built in 1860, for 160 children: average attendance, 112: Ebenezer Pitchford master.
Railway station, Crudgington, Samuel Harris, station master.

Private residents.
Brookes, Mrs, The Grove.
Davies, Richard, Ercall house.
Evans, George Treyer, the old vicarage.
Poulson, William Edward, The Elms.
Scott, Rev. Arthur Norman Spencer M.A. (Vicar), Vicarage.
Sure, Thomas, Shirlowe.
Topham, Richard, Ercall Park
Early closing day, Wednesday.
Cotterill, William H, grocer, Post Office.
Davies, Richard, farmer Ercall Hall.
Davies, William, Tayleur Arms. P. H. Longwaste.
Ralphs, William, blacksmith Long Waste.
Ridgway, Edward, blacksmith.
Sure, Thomas, farmer, Shirlowe.
Smith, Exton, Cleveland Arms P.H..
Topham, Richard, farmer, Ercall Park.
Winnall, John, Miller (water).

Jones, Sydney, farmer, Cotwall farm.
Owen, Fredrick, carpenter and joiner.

Bromley, Thomas, farmer.
Hampton, Robert Colley, farmer.

Boulton A and Co., coal merchants (J. Roberts, agent), railway station.
Brown, Andrew, farmer, the Grange.
Corbett, Mary (Mrs), farmer, Sleap.
Crowder, Joseph, farmer, Tern Lane.
Lilleshall Co. Ltd coal merchants (J. Birch, agent), railway station.
Madeley, Richard, Cowkeeper.
Major, Reginald, farmer, Sleap.
Newport and district agricultural trading Society (George Middleton, agent), railway station.
Nunnerley, Thomas, farmer, Manor farm.
Roster, John, shopkeeper, Post Office.
Shakeshaft, John, farmer.
Stockton, George, Cowkeeper.

Balmer, M, (Mrs), farmer.
Woolrich, John, farmer.

Cottan, Benjamin, farmer.

Adney, Jeffrey, farmer.
Casewell, Thomas K, farmer.

Atcherley, Samuel, Green Lane House.
Buttery, Richard & son, boot and shoe makers.
Hulme, Mary E, (Miss), farmer.
Humphreys, William, horse breaker.
Morgan, John, farmer.
Pratt, William Newall, farmer.

Brisbourne, Peter, farmer, New Farm.
Bullock, Richard, blacksmith.
Gregory, Thomas, farmer, Redhouse.
Lokier, Walter J., Cowkeeper.
Manchester Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. (John William Newell, manager), fruit growers.
Manchester Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. Convalescent house (Miss M. J. Twigg, matron).
Shrewsbury Co-operative Society (No 2) (branch),grocers.

Juckes, Thomas George, farmer.

Hughes, Robert, Tailor.
Kemp, Benjamin, farmer.
Nicklin, Arthur B. farmer.
Rickards, Ernest Richard, farmer.

Other Information
Councillor: Richard Taylor J.P. Springhill House, Wellington.

   28 Jun 09

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