Discover whether any of your ancestors were married in the diocese of Shropshire, England. These records cover almost four centuries of marriages, between 1538 and 1900. You will find your ancestor’s wedding date and spouse’s name. Later records will also include the names of witnesses, who were often relatives or close friends. Marriages from various denominations are represented, such as Methodist, Unitarian, Congregational and Baptist.
Each record comprises a transcript and a colour image of the original parish register of the marriage.
The amount of information included varies, but the Shropshire marriage records usually include the following information about your ancestor:
Full names of the bride and groom
Ages of the couple
Home parishes of the bride and groom
Date of marriage
Later records may also include additional details. These may not always be transcribed, but you may be able to see them on the scanned image of the original record. You might uncover:
Names of the witnesses to the marriage (often family members)
Names of the fathers of the bride and groom
Occupations of the groom
Occupations of the father of both the bride and the groom
Previous marital condition, such as 'bachelor', 'spinster' or 'widower'
This record set comprises almost 535,600 marriages in Shropshire, England.These records date from 1538 to 1900.
These records cover and can be searched by the following denominations:
United Reform Church
The vast majority of the records are Anglican, which remains the largest denomination in Britain today.
The second largest set is the Methodist, which is the fourth largest Christian church in Britain today.
The Baptist church is part of the Congregationalist Polity, a system of church governance in which each local church congregation is autonomous.
The Unitarian movement, a reform movement, became widespread in the Church of England in the seventeenth century.
The United Reform Church is one of the smaller mainstream denominations, and is also involved in the reform movement.
The Congregational church changed in the middle of the nineteenth century from isolated meeting houses into a network of thriving chapels, while still retaining its independence.
The Society of Friends emerged as a dissenting Christian organisation in England during the English Civil War.
Marriage records are an essential part of researching your family history. There are records where the parents of the bride and groom are listed, and these are often the key to finding out the names of the generation before.
Occasionally, ages of the couple may be listed as "full" rather than as a figure. This was a customary way of noting that they were over the required age of 21. If the bride or groom was under the age of 21, “with consent of parents” is noted in the record.
Salop is the old name for the West Midlands county of Shropshire. The county town is Shrewsbury. It was renamed Shropshire by order of the county council in 1980.
These records belong to the Shropshire Collection, a unique set of records spanning baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, which provides details of the history of Shropshire and its people.
These records are from the diocese of Shropshire; note that dioceses can cross county borders. Shropshire borders Wales, and there are a number of records from Montgomeryshire in Wales in these records.
Bridgnorth, St Leonard
Bridgnorth, St Mary Magdalene
Burford - 1st Portion (Boraston & Nash)
Burford - 2nd Portion (Whitton)
Burford - 3rd Portion (St Mary)
Clee St Margaret
Cleeton St Mary
Clun and Bryn
Cruckton (Chapelry Of Pontesbury)
Drayton In Hales
Eaton Under Heywood
Eyton On The Wealdmoors
Glazeley With Deuxhill
Great Wollaston and Middletown
Ketley (Red Lake)
Longden On Tern
Malinslee (Dawley Nova)
Middleton In Chirbury
Norton In Hales
Oswestry, Holy Trinity
Oswestry, St Oswald's
Preston On The Weald Moors
Ruyton Xi Towns
Shelton and Oxon
Shrewsbury, All Saints
Shrewsbury, Holy Cross (The Abbey)
Shrewsbury, Holy Trinity
Shrewsbury, St Alkmund's
Shrewsbury, St Chad's
Shrewsbury, St George's
Shrewsbury, St Julian's
Shrewsbury, St Mary's
Shrewsbury, St Michael's
St Martin's (Weston Rhyn Tithe Map)
Stanton Upon Hine Heath
Stoke On Tern
Stoke St Milborough
Trelystan (Chirbury), County Of Powys
Wellington, All Saints
Wellington, Christ Church
Weston Under Redcastle
Wheathill and Loughton
Market Drayton Circuit
Shrewsbury - Albert St
Shrewsbury, St John's Hill
Weston Rhyn, Quinta