Stirchley - History




The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk.  They have saved over 340 special buildings which attract more than 1.5 million visitors a year. With their help and with the support of the public they are kept open, in use and free to all – living once again at the heart of their communities.

The CCT's estate is the largest single collection of historic churches in the country, ranging from the virtually untouched medieval in idyllic rural settings, to ornately impressive Victorian in busy town centres.


Click for St James' Church, Stirchley

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British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, they aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

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Pages on Stirchley from the Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 11: Telford 1985 G C Baugh, C R Elrington (Editors), A P Baggs, D C Cox, Jessie McFall, P A Stamper, A J L Winchester - 

Stirchley - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18128

Stirchley: Growth of Settlement - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18129

Stirchley: Manor and Other Estates - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18130

Stirchley: Economic History - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18131

Stirchley: Local Government - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18132

Stirchley: Churches - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18133

Stirchley: Non-Conformity - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18134

Stirchley: Education - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18135

Stirchley: Charities for the Poor - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18136



A Vision of Britain through Time brings together historical surveys of Britain to create a record of how the country and its localities have changed.

Information and old maps of Stirchley.




Stirchley Parish Registers by Mel Lockie


Thanks to Mel Lockie

who has transcribed the three surviving volumes and has made them available online:


Volume I has baptisms, marriages and burials from 28 July 1638 to 27 July 1718.

Volume II has baptisms and burials from 1718 to 1812, and marriages to 1801.

Volume III contains only marriages from 1802 to 1812.


Mel Lockie's Home page - http://melocki.org.uk/.





Genuki is a website containing genealogical information for the UK & Ireland and has some information on Stirchley.


Other Local Websites





Local History 



Within the boundaries of the East Shropshire town of Telford, close to Stirchley, lies the village of Aqueduct. In common with other places such as Ironbridge, the village took its name from the construction of a particular edifice. In this case it was a sandstone bridge, built to carry the newly dug Shropshire Canal over the turnpike road from Bridgnorth to Wellington; an aqueduct. 

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Dawley Heritage




Secret Shropshire


This website will help you discover Shropshire's secrets. It will allow you to explore the county's local history, natural environment and archaeological treasures..

The site includes over 10,000 images from all over the county, as well as almost 300, 000 records about plants and dragonflies.

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All Round the Wrekin

from the Discovering Wellington Project


The Wrekin is one of the Midlands most famous natural landmarks and a source of pride and inspiration to generations of Salopians. The hill is a scheduled ancient monument and part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with at least 3000 years of human history behind it, whose creation pre-dates life on Earth itself.


Over the course of many centuries, The Wrekin has withstood feuding Celtic tribes, pillaging Roman invaders, tyrannical medieval monarchs and the ravages of the Industrial Revolution.


More importantly, it has survived to tell the tale, so come with us now and discover some of the incredible stories from all round The Wrekin.

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Captain Ahab's Watery Tales


A visit to the Shropshire Canal, Stirchley March 2012


Although the Shropshire Canal was largely replaced by the later railway as it made its way south to the Severn, the further you travel from the modern Telford the more watery remains there are to be found. Some obvious and some less so.


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