Newport Genealogical Records

Newport Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Ss Peter & Paul, Newport Baptisms (1785-1837)

A transcription of a Catholic baptism register for a chapel in Newport parish.

Shropshire Baptisms (1538-1900)

A searchable database of 1,159,976 records, linked to original images of baptism registers. The records provide proof of parentage, occupations, residence and other details.

Shropshire Baptism Transcripts (1538-1813)

Transcripts of baptism registers for over 100 parishes in Shropshire.

Shropshire Baptism Transcripts (1538-1812)

Covering around 100 Shropshire parishes, these records provide proof of parentage and often list abodes and occupations.

Newport Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Shropshire Marriage Index (1837-1935)

An index to Marriages registered in Shropshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

Shropshire Banns Registers (1760-1900)

A searchable database of 57,849 records detailing intentions to marry. Includes digital images of the records and may contain information not included in marriage registers.

Shropshire Marriages (1538-1900)

A searchable database of 520,415 records, linked to original images of marriage registers. The records may include fathers' names, age, residence, occupations and more.

Shropshire Marriage Transcripts (1538-1813)

Transcripts of marriage registers for over 100 parishes in Shropshire.

Newport Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Shropshire Burials (1538-1900)

A searchable database of 800,793 records, linked to original images of burial registers. The records may include date of burial and/or death, residence, age and other details.

Shropshire Burial Transcripts (1538-1813)

Transcripts of burial registers for over 100 parishes in Shropshire.

Shropshire Burial Transcripts (1538-1812)

Covering around 100 Shropshire parishes, these records essentially record deaths. The residence of the deceased is often given. Occasionally their age, occupation and names of relatives may be given.

Shropshire Burial Transcripts (1421-1902)

Transcripts of Anglican burial registers from over 90 churches in Shropshire.

Newport Church Records

Lichfield Diocese Parish Clerk Nomiations (1691-1916)

An index to surviving nominations of parish clerks. The index may contain: parish, surname, forename, year, the reason for the appointment (e.g. death, ill-health, retirement or dismissal of predecessor), and occasionally further information, such as occupation or age.

Shropshire Parish Registers (1538-1900)

A facility to browse digital images of registers recording births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials. To search these register by a name index, use the links in the above sections.

Shropshire Parish Register Transcripts (1538-1813)

Transcripts of baptism, marriage and burial registers for over 100 parishes in Shropshire.

Shropshire Parish Register Transcripts (1538-1812)

Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from around 100 parishes in Shropshire.

Shropshire Parish Register Transcripts (1421-1902)

Transcripts of Anglican parish registers from over 90 churches in Shropshire.

Newport Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

British Phone Books (1880-1984)

Directories containing over 275,000,000 entries. As well as name, address and phone number, occupations are often recorded. A useful census substitute.

Newport Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Lichfield and Coventry Diocese Probate Index (1650-1760)

An index to wills, administrations and inventories proved by the Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry. Copies of wills can be ordered or viewed at the record office in Lichfield.

Lichfield Diocese Probate & Administration Index (1516-1652)

A searchable database providing brief details of surviving probates and administrations granted by the Diocese of Lichfield, which covered parts of Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Contains a reference to order the original documents.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Newport

Shrewsbury Chronicle (1772-1778)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Shrewsbury area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

Cardiff Times (1858-1910)

A Welsh newspaper that circulated throughout most of Wales and The Marches. Editions can be searched and images of pages viewed.

Salopian Journal (1835-1862)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Shropshire district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

The Salopian Journal (1810-1831)

A great run, but with gaps for some years. This paper covers the county of Shropshire and its borders. Original images, searchable by an OCR index.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Newport Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Newport Cemeteries

Shropshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Shropshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Newport Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Shropshire (1934)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Shropshire (1917)

A directory of settlements in Shropshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Shropshire (1913)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Shropshire (1909)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Nooks and Corners of Shropshire (1899)

Details of a travel through Shropshire, describing towns, monuments and other areas of interest. Contains sketches of buildings, views, interiors etc.

Abstracts of Quarter Sessions Rolls for Shropshire (1696-1800)

A searchable transcript of Shropshire legal records. They include matters relating to militias, alcohol, agriculture, coroners' inquests and much more.

Shropshire Eyre Roll of 1256 (1256)

Transcriptions of pleas brought before a court. They largely concern land disputes.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Shropshire Eyre Roll of 1203 (1203)

Translations of pleas brought before a court. They largely concern land disputes.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Newport Taxation Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Testa De Nevill (1198-1251)

An account of knights' fees and serjeanties in the reigns of Henry the Third and Edward the First.

Newport Land & Property Records

Eyton's Antiquities of Shropshire (1085-1299)

A sprawling work detailing Shropshire's early historical records. It is particularly useful for the study of medieval Shropshire families.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Newport Occupation & Business Records

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Lost Pubs of Shropshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Railway Employment Records (1833-1963)

A rich collection of records documenting those who worked for railway companies that were later absorbed by the government. Records include: staff registers, station transfers, pensions, accident records, apprentice records, caution books, and memos. Records may include date of birth, date of death and name of father.

Newport School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Newport

Victoria County History: Shropshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Newport Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Shropshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Eyton's Antiquities of Shropshire (1085-1299)

A sprawling work detailing Shropshire's early historical records. It is particularly useful for the study of medieval Shropshire families.

Shropshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Shropshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Newport Military Records

Shropshire Militia Buried at Yarmouth (1804)

The names of Shropshire militia men who were buried in Great Yarmouth.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

British Army WWI Service Records (1914-1920)

This rich collection contains contains records for 1.9 million non-commissioned officers and other ranks who fought in WWI. Due to bomb damage in WWI, around 60% of service records were lost. Documents cover: enlistment, medical status, injuries, conduct, awards and discharge. A great deal of genealogical and biographical documentation can be found in these documents, including details on entire families, physical descriptions and place of birth.

Newport Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Newport Histories & Books

Nooks and Corners of Shropshire (1899)

Details of a travel through Shropshire, describing towns, monuments and other areas of interest. Contains sketches of buildings, views, interiors etc.

Victoria County History: Shropshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Eyton's Antiquities of Shropshire (1085-1299)

A sprawling work detailing Shropshire's early historical records. It is particularly useful for the study of medieval Shropshire families.

Shropshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Shropshire.

Shropshire Churches (2010-Present)

Descriptions and photographs of Shropshire Anglican and other denominational churches. Also provides details for those wishing to visit the church.

Biographical Directories Covering Newport

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Newport Maps

Maps of Shropshire (1600-1900)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Newport Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Newport Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

Newport, a small market-town, situated on a plain, near the borders of Staffordshire, by the Roman way called Watling-street. It is a place of great antiquity, and has been a corporation ever since the reign of Henry I. The church is a stately Gothic structure, built by a Mr. Draper in the reign

of Henry VI. and was formerly collegiate, but it is now a perpetual curacy in the gift of the inhabitants. The nave is lofty, and there are side aisles, with a chancel, and a tower at the west end, in which is a clock, with a ring of six good bells.

Here is a noble free-school, founded by Sir Thomas Adams, where youth are qualified for the University: it is a stately brick building, with a library for the use of the scholars. At the south end is a neat house for the residence of the master, who has a handsome salary; and at the north one are lodgings for the usher. Near the school are two alms-houses, built and endowed by the same benevolent gentleman, who gave 550l. towards building a town house.— Charles II. being informed of the great liberality of Sir Thomas Adams, he sent for him, and asked whether he had not greatly injured his fortune; to which be answered, that it rather increased it; and if his majesty would procure him an act of parliament to exempt his estate from taxes, he would give him 1000l. We are not informed whether the king accepted the offer; but the act passed, and all the estates left by Sir Thomas for the support of his charitable foundations, are still exempted from taxes. The town received considerable damage by a fire that happened here on the 18th of May, 1665. It consumed 160 houses, the loss of which, with the goods, furniture, &c. was estimated at 30,000l. Here is a weekly market on Saturday, and the town consisted, according to the late population act, of 323 houses, and 2,337 inhabitants, viz. 1,171 males, and 1,136 females. Newport gave the title of baron to the late Earls of Bradford, and the Earls of Shrewsbury and Gower are joint lords of the manor.

Thomas Brown, of facetious memory, was a native of this town, but his wit being greater than his prudence, brought him frequently within danger of starving.—Toward the latter part of his life, however, we are informed, by Mr. Jacob, that he was in favour with the Earl of Dorset, who invited him to dinner one Christmas day, with Dryden, and other gentlemen celebrated for ingenuity; when Brown, to his agreeable surprize, found a bank note of 50l. under his plate: and Dryden, at the same time, was presented with another of 100l.—Brown died in London in the year 1704, and was interred in the cloister of Westminster Abbey, near the remains of Mrs. Behn, with whom he was intimate in his life-time. His whole works were printed in 1707, consisting of "Dialogues, Essays, Declamations, Satires, Letters from the Dead to the Living, Translations, Amusements, &c." in four volumes. Much humour, and not a little learning, are scattered everywhere throughout them ; but those who think that they want delicacy have certainly abundant reason on their side.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

NEWPORT is a market and union town, head of a petty sessional division and county court district, and township and parish, in the Northern division of the county, Newport division of South Bradford hundred, rural deanery of Edgmond, archdeaconry of Salop and diocese of Lichfield. The London and North Western railway has a station in the parish of Aston, half a mile south of the Town Hall, 141 miles from London, 17 ½ east-north-east from Shrewsbury, 11 ½ west-by-south from Stafford, 32 north-west from Birmingham, 8 northeast from Wellington. The town appears to have been founded by Henry I. in whose time the burgesses of Newport enjoyed franchises, and had customs which were subsequently confirmed by Henry II. by his charter dated at Brewood, 1163-6 and by Edward I. in 1287.

The town is pleasantly situated in a fertile country, on the Staffordshire border, and was under the control of a Local Board, but under the provisions of the “Local Government Act, 1894” (56 and 57 Viet. cap. 73), an Urban District Council has been established: it is partially paved, lighted with gas by a company from works in Avenue road, and abundantly supplied with good water, derived from wells close to the railway station. Newport Marsh, comprising no acres and producing about £350 yearly, is vested in a corporation, called the Newport Town and Marsh Trustees, and under the Act 17 and 18 Viet. cap. 81, 1854, the proceeds are applied to the general improvement of the town. The town was formerly incorporated, the corporation consisting of a high steward, deputy steward, two water bailiffs and twenty-eight burgesses, but under the provisions of the “Municipal Corporations Act, 1883,” the corporation was abolished. The canal runs through the north end of the town, joining the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction canal half a mile south of Norbury, Staffordshire. The church of St. Nicholas is an ancient edifice of Ted sandstone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestories nave, aisles and an embattled tower containing a clock with chimes and 8 bells: the organ was erected in 1861: the chancel was restored in 1866 at an expense of about £600, and more recently the fabric has been rebuilt at a cost of nearly £1,200, under the direction of Mr. Norton, architect, of London. A stained glass window was erected to the memory of Mr. Richard Brittain in 1891. The register dates from the year 1569. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge £123, net yearly value £246, with 3 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Lichfield, and held since 1886 by the Rev. Ward Travers Burges M. A. of Brasenose College, Oxford, rural dean, surrogate, and chaplain to Newport workhouse. The Catholic church of SS. Peter and Paul, in Salter’s lane, erected in 1832, is an edifice of brick with stone dressings, in the Late Perpendicular style, and will seat 300 persons. The Congregational chapel, in Wellington road, seats about 400 persons. The Wesleyan Methodist chapel is in the Avenue road, Upper Bar. A cemetery of 4 acres, east of the town, was laid out in 1858 at a cost of about £4,000: it has a mortuary chapel, and is under the control of a burial board of 9 members. The Town Hall, erected in 1859-60, at a cost of about £13,000, is a building chiefly of stone in the Gothic style, from designs by Mr. J. Cobb, architect: the assembly room will hold 500, and there is a smaller one holding about 250. Newport is the head quarters of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the King’s (Shropshire Light Infantry). The markets are held on Saturdays for corn and provisions, and on alternate Mondays for live stock, in a spacious cattle market at the back of the Town Hall. The Market Cross, in High street, is a plain structure of stone, now (1895) rapidly falling to decay. In the town are two foundries for the manufacture of agricultural implements and machinery. A newspaper, called the “Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser,” established in 1854, is published every Saturday morning, and another journal belonging to the same proprietors, and styled “The Stone and Eccleshall Advertiser,” is published every Friday; both have a very good circulation; also the “Pupil Teacher and Scholarship Student,” published from this office. The Newport Literary Institution, opened in 1883, contains reading, billiard, smoking and recreation rooms, and has a library of over 1,300 volumes: admittance is by subscription, and there are at present (1895) about 140 members. There are almshouses in Lower Bar for two aged single men and women, built and endowed by Mr. William Adams, the occupants of which receive ten shillings weekly; and other almshouses for four aged women in Vineyard Road, rebuilt in 1836, and belonging to an ancient charity called “the Church Almshouses,”' whose inmates are in receipt of 5s. weekly, with certain allowances for coal; these are under the management of twelve governors. The Duke of Sutherland K. G. is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Sir Thomas Fletcher Boughey bart. J. P. John Sidney Burton Borough esq. B. A., J. P. of Chetwynd Park, and Col. Ralph Leeke J. P. of Longford Hall. The area is 566 acres; rateable value, £10,237; the population in 1891 was 2,675, including 100 officers and inmates in the workhouse.

Petty Sessions are held at the Town hall every alternate Tuesday at 11 a.m. The following places are included in the petty sessional division: —Bolas-Magna, Carrington, Chetwynd, Chetwynd Aston, Church Aston, Donnington Wood in Lilleshall, Edgmond, Kinnersley, Lilleshall, Longford, Newport, Preston, Sheriff Hales, Tibberton & Woodcote.

Newport Union

Newport union consists of the following parishes:-Adbaston (Stafford), Cherrington, Chetwynd, Chetwynd Aston, Church Aston, Edgmond, Forton (Stafford), Gnosall (Stafford), High Offley (Stafford), Lilleshall, Longford, Newport, Norbury (Stafford), Tibberton, Weston Jones (Stafford) & Woodcote. The population of the union in 1891 was 14,332; area, 48,217 acres; rateable value in 1895, £100,120.

Places of Worship, with times of services

Parish Church, Rev. Ward Travers Burges M. A. rector; Rev. John Drew Roberts & Rev. the Hon. Henry Hugh. Courtenay, curates; 8 & 11 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m.; Thurs. 7. 30 p.m.

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic, Salters’ hall, Rev. David Williams, priest; 8. 30 & 10. 30 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m.; daily, 8 a.m.

Congregational, Wellington road, Rev. Wm. Henry Jones 11 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Primitive Methodist, Wellington road; 2. 30 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Thurs. 7.30 p.m. Wesleyan Methodist, Avenue road; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m. Gospel Hall, Canal place; 3 & 6. 30 p.m.; Thurs. 7. 30 p.m.

Schools

Free Grammar School, High street, founded in 1657 by William Adams, citizen & haberdasher, for the instruction of 80 boys in the Latin, Greek & Hebrew languages: boys resident in Newport or Chetwynd End are eligible, & next, those resident within a radius of 5 miles, on payment of the original entrance fee of £3; outside this radius the fee is £7 10s. yearly, or £2 per term; there are four Careswell exhibitions of an average value of £40 each, for 10 years, tenable at Christ Church, Oxford, & open to any boy at the school, natives of Shropshire having the preference: the government of the charity, which produces nearly £2,000 yearly, is vested in the masters & wardens of the Haberdashers’ Company, London, & in a body of local managers, 13 in number; Tom Collins M. A. head master; C. W. Mos-

National (mixed), Avenue road, built in 1872, with master's house, for 350 children; average attendance, 306.

Catholic School (mixed), Salter's hall, built in 1879, with teacher’s residence, for 175 children; average attendance, 50.

Kelly's Directory of Shropshire (1895)

Surnames Found in Newport

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Williams451.48
2Jones391.28
3Simpson331.08
4Owen290.95
5Taylor250.82
6Welsh240.79
7Morris230.76
8Burke230.76
9Robinson230.76
10Turner220.72
11Evans220.72
12Moran210.69
13Roberts200.66
14Doody200.66
15Welch200.66
16Barnett200.66
17Cartwright200.66
18Adams190.62
19Heatley190.62
20Kelly190.62
21Smart190.62
22Eccleshall190.62
23Price180.59
24Lewis180.59
25Hesbrook180.59
26Harvey180.59
27Pearce170.56
28Beech170.56
29Kane160.53
30Worrall160.53
31Harper160.53
32Davies160.53
33Plant150.49
34Elkes150.49
35Podmore150.49
36Adderley140.46
37Griffiths140.46
38Plimmer140.46
39Moss140.46
40Sillitoe140.46
41Brown140.46
42Ward140.46
43Breeze140.46
44Smith140.46
45Hall140.46
46Downes130.43
47Walsh130.43
48Beeston130.43
49Shaw130.43
50Wright130.43
51Cain120.39
52Thompson120.39
53Felton120.39
54Aston120.39
55Fulwood120.39
56Cooper120.39
57Malia120.39
58James120.39
59Cliff120.39
60Moore110.36
61Powell110.36
62Wagg110.36
63Cornmell110.36
64Talbot110.36
65Barlow110.36
66Armstrong110.36
67Barber110.36
68King110.36
69Wickstead110.36
70Edwards110.36
71Bruckshaw110.36
72McRowney110.36
73Hurd110.36
74Yale110.36
75Clews100.33
76Johnson100.33
77Mancell100.33
78Allen100.33
79Norris100.33
80McKlin100.33
81Duffey100.33
82Walker100.33
83Rees100.33
84Rowley100.33
85Griffin100.33
86Quibell90.30
87Middleton90.30
88Humphreys90.30
89Whitfield90.30
90Dood90.30
91Hodgson90.30
92Bradbury90.30
93Keeling90.30
94Lloyd90.30
95Talbott90.30
96Underhill90.30
97Bate90.30
98Boughey90.30
99Harris80.26
100Drennan80.26