Houses Through Time

A look at who lived in the houses in Norton in Hales.

12 Main Road/ Central View

On the 1827 sale records of the Norton and Bellaport estates, on the map it is listed as house, smiths shop and garden, rented to widow Clarke.

Now known as the old post office and at times during the 1800’s it was called The Villa. It had 5 rooms listed in 1911.

George Bruckshaw, son of John Bruckshaw a Farmer and Blacksmith and Ann Wilkes of Oakley. George Bruckshaw b.1822 at Oakley, Blacksmith. In 1847 aged 25 George married Harriet Wakeford at Mucklestone and moved to Norton. In 1848 their first son John Bruckshaw was born and by 1851 George aged 29 and Harriet aged 32 were living at number 12 with their sons John b.1848, George b.1849, William b.1851 and two servants. In 1861 George a Blacksmith aged 39, Harriet aged 43, their children – John aged 12, George aged 11, Frederick aged 8, Alfred aged 4 and Elizabeth aged 2.

Children of George and Harriet Bruckshaw

John Bruckshaw 1948 – 1911 – Blacksmith – married Francis Goodburn in 1879 and stayed in Norton see number 37

George Bruckshaw 1949 – 1929 – Blacksmith – married Martha Keay in 1877

William Bruckshaw 1850 – 1852

Mary Ann 1852 – 1858

Frederick Bruckshaw 1853 – 1921 – Auctioneer – married Sarah Roger in 1877 and moved to Wales

Alfred Bruckshaw 1855 – 1923 – Gardener – married Emma Wood in 1878 and moved to Eaton Cheshire

Elizabeth Bruckshaw 1857 – 1880

Harriet Bruckshaw 1859 – 1860

Joseph Bruckshaw 1861 – 1878 – was found dead in the meadow

Christopher Charles Bruckshaw 1863 – 1923 – Blacksmith – married Alice Griffiths in 1899, Alice was the sister of Elizabeth Jones nee Griffiths who ran the Hinds Head with her husband John Bishop Jones. They moved to Blackbrook and later to Stapley.

In 1880 Harriet Bruckshaw died, she was buried on 11th December 1880 at the remote cemetery in Norton.

By 1881 George Bruckshaw junior now 31 years old and his wife Martha Bruckshaw nee Keay 28 years old and their 8 month old daughter Sarah Ada Bruckshaw are now the main residents of Norton Villa. George is a blacksmith, journeyman and farmer of 4 acres. George Bruckshaw senior now a widower aged 59, blacksmith and farmer of 6 acres has moved to 37 Main Road, living with him there is his eldest son John Bruckshaw a blacksmith, daughter-in-law Frances, son Christopher and an apprentice William Cooper.

NORTON IN HALES - APARTMENTS (Sitting room and Two Bedrooms) TO LET - Apply, Mrs Geo Bruckshaw, Norton Villa, Norton in Hales, near Market Drayton. (1881)

George Bruckshaw died in 1885. In the same year George and Martha had a son George Wilmot Bruckshaw.

On the 1901 census the Bruckshaw family are still residents, the house is now called ‘Blacksmiths Shop’ opposite Hinds Head. George Wilmot Bruckshaw married Agnes Garratt in July 1908. On the 1911 census George Bruckshaw blacksmith aged 61, Martha wife aged 58, Ada Bruckshaw daughter aged 30, George Wilmot Bruckshaw son, blacksmith aged 26, Agnes Bruckshaw daughter in law, aged 35, Barbara Bruckshaw granddaughter aged 8 months, Edgar Walker a blacksmith apprentice aged 17, Emily Simpson a general servant aged 15 years.

In 1913 George Bruckshaw, Martha Bruckshaw and their daughter Ada built a new house Alver bank opposite number 37 the home of George’s brother John Bruckshaw.

George Wilmot Bruckshaw and his family remain at 12 Main Road.

Martha Bruckshaw was buried at Norton in Hales cemetery on 29th January 1914. George Bruckshaw died in 1929.

George Bruckshaw of Alver Bank Norton in Hales Shopshire died 29 August 1929 Probate London 4 October to Sarah Ada Bruckshaw spinster. Effects £395 17s 9d

1934 trade directory lists George Wilmot Bruckshaw as a Blacksmith at Norton in Hales.

By the 1939 census George W Bruckshaw has retired and moved from Norton to Market Drayton at Grotto Road.

Living at 12 Main Road (shop and smithy) by 1939 is James Ransford b 1904, a master blacksmith, his father Thomas Ransford b1872 a blacksmith, his mother Florence b.1874 a shopkeeper (general stores)

Church Farm

The earliest known occupant I have found for Church Farm with a record linking them to the farm is George Jones b.1794 Tibberton, Shropshire. His name is documented in the records of Norton in Hales from 1830’s.
In 1827 when the Advowsow of the Rectory of Norton, farms and other buildings (upwards of 1,750 acres) was sold. Church Farm was rented by Richard Simpson who rented a lot of land across Norton.
George Jones and Sarah Leighton were married on 27th May 1841 at Market Drayton. When the 1841 Census was taken in June that year – George Jones a Farmer aged 40, Sarah Leighton aged 35, John Jones aged 8, Mary Dunn a servant aged 16 and Joseph Clark a servant aged 40. As George’s son John was born prior to his marriage to Sarah, that he was a widower when he married. Also living nearby in Norton in Hales was George’s brother Richard Jones b.1797 Tibberton, Shropshire, his mother Sarah Jones b.1767 and older sister Elizabeth Jones b.1791.

In the 1851 census George now 51 is listed as a Farmer of over 100 acres, employing labourers.
George Jones ,51
Sarah Jones, 41
Richard Jones, 8 – Farmers son
John Eley, 20 – Servant
George Morrey, 17 – Waggoner
Jane Hammersmith, 14 – House Servant

In the 1861 census

George Jones, 67 – farmer of 72 acres, one labourer
Sarah Jones, 53
Richard Jones, 18
Clara Ann Jones, 16
Betsey Jones, 13
George Jones, 11 – Scholar
Henry Allman, 20 – Cowman

George Jones died on 27th November 1869.

John Jones b.1828, George’s son married Eliza Hitchen Morris b.1828 on 20th March 1862 at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales. Eliza Morris was the daughter of Richard Robert Morris b.1784 and Hannah Hitchen b.1787. Since 1851 the Morris family lived in Norton, Richard Morris has been documented on census returns and directories as a Farmer, Wheelwright and Beer seller. In 1861 their address is given as “The Plough” we know that long ago there were two pubs in Norton. The Hinds Head – previously known as the Griffin Arms, the Crescents and Anchor, the Cotton Arms, the Hawk and Buckle. There was also another – the Talbot which is listed as a beer house, it is possible that the Talbot was also known as the Plough at some time. The location of this beerhouse is 26 and later 27 Main Road, Norton in Hales.

John and Eliza Jones had two sons – John Richard Morris Jones b.1868 and Albert William Jones b.1871.

In 1907 both John and Eliza Jones died, John on 16th February 1907 and Eliza was buried on 25th March 1907 at the remote cemetery on the outskirts of the village.

Probate - John Jones of Church-farm Norton-in-Hales near Market Drayton Shropshire died 16th February 1907. Administration London 9th March to Albert William Jones farmer. Effects £2205 4s 5d.


Albert William Jones was still living with his parents before they died and following their deaths took over Church Farm. In 1912 aged 41 he married Alice Goodwin of Whitchurch. Albert and Alice had 3 sons – Arthur John Jones b.1913, Sydney Jones b.1914 and Richard Maurice Jones b.1918.
Albert died on 31st October 1933.

Albert William Jones of Church Farm Norton-in-Hales Shropshire died 31st October 1933. Probate London 12 January to Alice Jones widow and George Henry Goodwin farmer. Effects £6868 8s 11d.

By the 1939 census Alice Jones is still living in Norton but no longer at Church Farm she is living in Market Drayton. Alice died in 1962 aged 83.

For Church Farm in 1939 the census lists Samuel and Clara Vernon (Noden) – Diary Farmers.
Samuel Vernon 1st Feb 1911 Dairy Farmer – Samuel was also the A.R.P Warden (Air Raid Precautions)
Clara Vernon 23rd Jan 1916 Unpaid domestic duties
Harry Holland 3rd March 1913 Erector of milking machines

Clara Vernon died in 1965 and Samuel Vernon died in 1969

1968 - Brick built 4 bedroom farmhouse with associated farm buildings and milking plant. Land amounting to 181.53 acres. 2 semi-detached 3 bedroom brick built farm cottages known as 21 and 22 Norton-in-Hales. Sold by Green and Pearce by instructions from Mr S C Vernon at The Corbet Arms Hotel, Market Drayton.

17 Beswick Lane

3 rooms listed in 1911, at some point number 16 & 17 joined to become Beswick House

John Morrey b.1838 at Norton in Hales, the youngest son of Daniel Morrey, a labourer and Sarah Mason. By the 1851 census John was a servant at Bellaport Lodge Farm for Mr Richard Eardley. 10 years later he is still working at Bellaport Lodge Farm. On 31st March 1864 at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales John Morrey married Ann Edwards of Manchester.

By the 1871 census John and Ann Morrey are living at 17 Beswick Lane with six of their children.

John Morrey b.1860 at Tunstall, Staffordshire. By 1881 John is working as an indoor farm servant at Bellaport Lodge Farm for Edwin Eardley

William George Morrey b.1865 at Norton in Hales, was a railway porter at Norton in Hales. He married Harriet Grocott in 1888, they moved to Hanley, by 1911 William’s occupation is a railway passenger guard.

Alice Morrey b.1866 at Norton in Hales, in 1881 Alice is working as a housemaid at Woore Hall.

Fanny Morrey b1868 at Norton in Hales. She married Joseph Murrall of Audlem, in 1888 at St Chad’s Church Norton in Hales and lived at The Terrace Norton in Hales. Later they moved to Chesterton. Fanny died in 1901 aged 33.

George Morrey b.1870 at Norton in Hales, a railway porter later moved to Drayton.

James Morrey b.1871 at Norton in Hales, moved to Stoke, in 1911 his occupation was a grocers porter.

Henry Morrey b.1874 at Norton in Hales, moved to Wolstanton

Frederick Morrey b.1878 at Norton in Hales. In 1898 Frederick married Annie Martin.

Ann Morrey died and was buried on 12 August 1910 at Norton’s cemetery, aged 71.

Following Ann’s death Frederick took over the household with his father John living with them until his death in 1922 aged 4.

On the 1911 Census Fred Morrey a farm waggoner, aged 33, his wife Annie Morrey aged 36, sons George aged 9, Harold aged 7 and daughter Annie Morrey aged 5. Also living with them is Fred’s father John Morrey aged 73.

By the 1939 census Arthur Silvester born 7th April 1889 Market Gardener and his wife Sarah R Silvester born 21st Sept 1879 are living here.

Arthur Thomas Silvester was the son of George (a wheelwright) and Jane Silvester, in 1891 Arthur aged 2 was living at Brockley Lodge, Betton with his parents and grandparents George and May Silvester. On the 3rd August 1914 Arthur Silvester married Sarah Reynolds Stephens. Sarah Stephens was born in Ireland in 1911 she was a domestic cook at the Rectory in Norton, alongside Olive Mary Silvester Arthur’s sister.

Sarah Silvester died in 1952 aged 73.

1949 -1981: Mrs Ada Guard lived to be 100. Ada previously lived at 48 Chapel Lane.

Norton Villa / 19 Beswick Lane

Date stone 1898. 8 rooms listed in 1911

17th December 1898 - To be let, Norton Villa, a newly erected House and good Garden, within three minutes walk of Norton-in-Hales Station. - For particulars, apply to J. Meadows, Oakley, Market Drayton
- An advert also appears 7th January 1899

In 1901 living at Norton Villa were Margaret Harrison aged 61, living on her own means and her son listed as Charles William Turner Harrison aged 24, also living on his own means.

Born Margaret Brown in 1840 at Hanley, was the youngest daughter of Thomas Brown a potter, painter and grocer and Margaret Brown. In 1871 aged 30 her occupation is listed as dressmaker.

In 1871 she married William Turner a potter, and they had a son Charles William Turner b.1875 Hanley. On the 1881 census, Margaret, William and Charles are living with Margaret’s widowed father, next door to the shoulder of mutton pub in Shelton (the shop where they were living is still a shop today). At some point between 1881 and 1888 Margaret become a widow and in 1888 she married John Harrison at Woore. By 1901 she was once again a widow and living at Norton Villa.

In 1911 Joseph Meadows (Junior) b.1868, his wife Annie nee Pearce b.1869 and their son Philip Joseph Meadows b.1909 were residing at Norton Villa.

Joseph Meadows (Junior) was one of seven children born to Joseph Meadows (senior) and Anne Ellen Meadows. Joseph Meadows (senior) was an land/ estate agent for the Chetwode family – in 1861 aged 26 he was living at Oakley Hall with the Chetwodes, in a cottage on the Estate ‘Park Cottage’ is where his parents lived, Joseph’s father, also called Joseph was the butler. Joseph (Junior) like his father also became a land agent for the Chetwodes

In 1892 Joseph Meadows (Junior) married Annie Pearce at Drayton. In 1894 they had a daughter Evelyn Meadows, in 1895 another daughter Beatrice Mary and in 1909 Philip Joseph Meadows. In 1911 Evelyn aged 17 and Beatrice Mary aged 16 were at a boarding school in Surrey.

Between 6th June 1918 and 23rd November 1918 when Beatrice was 19 years old she served in the voluntary aid detachment, proving nursing care.

On the 22nd January 1920, at St Chad’s Church Norton in Hales, Beatrice Mary Meadows married Sydney Herbert Hilton James.

Joseph Meadows died in 1931 when he was 63 years old.

Joseph Meadows of Norton in Hales Shropshire died 27 December 1931 Probate London 3 February to Philip Joseph Meadows clerk and Albert Ernest Isidore Hoyland solicitor. Effect £7,170 14s 2d.

Beatrice died in 1936 at the age of 41, at 100 Oak Tree Road, Tilehurst, Reading.

24 Main Road

Built between 1850’s and 1865 – 5 rooms listed in 1911.

John Beeston b.1821 at Hales, Staffordshire was the son of Francis and Sarah Beeston. Having first married Sarah in 1845 they had 2 children, Elizabeth and Esther. John became a widower and married Harriet Powell in 1862 at Chetwynd. At this time Harriet’s mother, Ann Blandford was living at Pell Wall Lodge, near to John’s parent’s Francis and Sarah Beeston.

On the 1871 census John Beeston aged 50, an agricultural labourer, his wife Harriet and his mother in law Ann Blandford aged 70 are all living at number 24.

In 1880 John Beeston died. On the next census in 1881 only Harriet aged 40, a gardener’s widow is listed. Harriet Beeston died in 1883 and was buried on 25th January 1883 at the cemetery in Norton.

The next residents in 1891 were William, a gardener and Margaretta Harrison and their five children; Lucy aged 11, Percy aged 9, Sarah aged 7, Margaretta aged 5 and William aged 2.

William Harrison b.1848 at Norton in Hales, son of Richard and Eliza Harrison, married Margaretta Weston b.1853 of Hadnall, Shropshire in 1876. Before moving into number 24 the Harrison family lived at 61 Brand Cottages.

By the 1911 census only William Harrison aged 63, Margaretta aged 59, their three children Sarah Ann aged 27, Margaretta, a dressmaker aged 24 and Archie Roland Harrison, an apprentice coachbuilder aged 19 and a granddaughter Gladys May Harrison aged 7 were living at number 24. Harry had moved to Warwickshire, Lucy moved to Lymm, Percy moved to Northampton and William Egbert went into the Army, then later lived in Wales.

In 1913 William, Margaretta, Sarah, Margaretta and Roland moved to number 58 Main Road. Roland Harrison married in 1921. William Harrison died in 1925 and was buried on 12th December 1925 at the cemetery in Norton. Margaretta died in 1942.

25 Main Road

Built between 1850’s and 1865 – 4 rooms listed in 1911.

On the 1827 sale records for the Bellaport and Norton estate this house and garden were rented by Thomas Tildsley. From the census records the earliest occupants by 1851 were Thomas and Sarah Tildesley. Thomas b.1802 at Norton in Hales to Thomas and Hannah Tildesley. On the 3rd October 1850 Thomas married Sarah Beech b.1825 at St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone. Sarah was the daughter of Richard and Mary Beech, Richard Beech was a farmer from Oakley. On the 1851 census Thomas and Sarah are living at number 25. Thomas’s occupation is listed as a labourer. Thomas and Sarah had four children.
Hannah Tildesley b1853, Norton in Hales
Thomas Tildesley b.1858 – 1859
Mary Elizabeth b.1858, Norton in Hales
William Henry b.1863, Norton in Hales

By 1861 Thomas Tildesley was a waggoner and Sarah was a school teacher. Their children Hannah and Mary were at school. Within the schools records for 1879 Sarah Tildesley was paid £23 per year and an additional £5 per year for cleaning of both schools and lighting the fires.

By 1881 Thomas and Sarah’s son William Tildesley had left Norton, he is listed as hairdressers apprentice in Stoke. By 1891 he moved to Norfolk and became a hairdresser until 1939 were his occupation is listed as a gardener. William Tildesley died in 1951. In 1881 Thomas Tildesley died and was buried on 14th July 1881 at the cemetery in Norton.

The Will of Thomas Tildesley late of Norton in Hales in the County of Salop labourer who died 9th July 1881 at Norton in Hales was proved at Shrewsbury by Samson Vernon of Market Drayton in the said County Saddler and Hames Hirma Tildesley of Gatacre Liverpool in the County of Lancaster Butler the nephew of the executors. Personal estate £18 7s 6d.

On the 3rd October 1882 Sarah Tildesley resigned from her post of infant school mistress on account of failing health. Although the records reference her still cleaning the school in 1883. By the 1891 census Sarah aged 67 is living on her own means with her two daughters Hannah aged 38 and Mary aged 36. In 1900 Sarah Tildesley died and was buried on 5th February 1900 at the cemetery in Norton. By the 1901 census Hannah Tildesley aged 47 and her sister Mary aged 45 are living at number 25, living on their own means. They is also a visitor Henry Banford aged 69, a widower and retired blacksmith and a boarder John Smith, aged 21 a railway signal man.
On the 1911 census sister Hannah Tildesley aged 58 and Mary Tildesley aged 56 are living at number 25, boarding with them is Albert Davison aged 19, a porter signalman. Hannah Tildesley died in 1914 and was buried on 29th July 1914 at the cemetery in Norton.

The Will of Hannah Tildesley of Norton in Hales Shropshire spinster died 26 July 1914 Administration London 10 August to William Henry Tildesley hairdresser. Effects £226 18s 3d.

Mary Elizabeth died in 1925 and was buried on 11th December at the cemetery in Norton.

In 1912 Thomas Hamlet b.1880, married Mabel Taylor b.1882. In 1913 they had a daughter Mahalath Ellen Hamlet. Thomas like his father William was a mole catcher.

Before moving to number 25, Thomas was living with his family at 50 Chapel Lane, now Bell Cottage, after his mother died in 1909 he went to live as a boarder 38 Main Road with William Bloore and Edith Mary Boore.

In 1922 William Hamlet, Thomas’s father who was living with the family died aged 85 years.

On the 1939 census are Thomas Hamlet, mole catcher and general labourer, Mabel Hamlet, unpaid domestic duties, Mahalath Hamlet, school caretaker.

In 1955 Mabel Hamlet died age 72, then in 1956 Thomas Hamlet died aged 69.

Following the death of Mahalath’s uncle Henry Hamlet in 1941, her Aunt Mary Jane Hamlet moved from 46 Main Road to number 25. In 1859 Mar Jane Hamlet died aged 90 years.

Mary Jane Hamlet of 25 Norton in Hales Market Drayton Shropshire widow died 22 January 1959 Probate London 20 February to Frank Crewe retired farmer Effects £2306 16s 6d

In 1998 Mahalath Hamlet died.

26 Main Road

5 rooms listed in 1911

Richard Morris b1784 of Mucklestone and Hannah nee Hitchen b.1787 of Maer. The Morris family lived in Norton in Hales from at least 1815 with the baptism of their son John Morris.

On the 1841 census Richard Morris aged 55, wheelwright, Hannah Morris aged 50, John Morris aged 25, Martha Morris aged 20, William Morris aged 18 – shoemaker, Eliza Morris aged 15, Mary Morris aged 12, Susannah aged 10, Thomas Austin aged 15 – apprentice, Elizabeth Hopkins aged 20 – Independent.

In 1851 at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales, Richard and Hannah Morris’s daughter Elizabeth Morris b.1823 married William Hodgkinson a grocer of Leek, Staffordshire. They moved to Stoke on Trent.

On the 1851 census Richard Morris aged 65 – farmer of 12 acres employing 1 labourer, Eliza Morris aged 24 – farmers daughter, Susannah Morris daughter aged 19, Alfred Harper grandson aged 6 and their servants – Louisa Taylor aged 16 – house servant and John Bloore aged 14 – waggoner.

On the 1851 directory Richard Morris is listed as Wheelwright and Beerhouse.

On the 1861 census Richard Morris “The Plough” aged 77 a wheelwright and beerseller, Hannah wife aged 73, Eliza H daughter aged 34, Elizabeth Hodgkinson daughter aged 38, Hannah Hodgkinson granddaughter aged 4 and servants Jane Shaw housemaid aged 19, James Wainwright servant boy aged 16.

On the 5th May 1861 Richard Morris was buried at the cemetery in Norton in Hales.

The Will of Richard Morris late of Norton in Hales in the county of Salop Beer-house Keeper Wheelwright and Farmer deceased who died 3rd May 1861 in Norton in Hales aforesaid was proved at Shrewsbury by the oaths of George Morris of Etruria in the county of Stafford Victualler and Maltster and John Morris of Hanley in the same county Inn keeper and Maltster the sons the executors. Effects under £100.

On 20th March 1862 Eliza Hitchen Morris married John Jones of Church Farm, Norton in Hales. After Eliza’s marriage Hannah goes to live with her daughter at Church Farm Norton in Hales.

On 16th March 1875 Hannah Morris was buried at the cemetery in Norton in Hales

1868 John Fuller is listed in the Poll Book and Electoral Register

1871 John A Fuller b.1835, Fairlight Sussex

Mr William Beeston keeper of the Talbot Inn, Norton in Hales since 1879

1889 - Serious Charge Against Publican - Mr Beeston keeper of the Talbot Inn, Norton in Hales was charged by police constable Turner with selling intoxicating liquors in prohibited hours and with permitting drunkeness on the said licensed premises. Mr Beeston kept the Talbot Inn from 1879
1891 - The NORTON ESTATE includes an area of about 764 acres and embraces a handsome and convenient residence known as Brand Hall, surrounded by picturesque pleasure grounds and overlooking an extent of splendidly timbered, park like lands, 3 valuable and highly-productive farms, all having unusually good homesteads; two road-side inns, known as the Griffin Arms and the Talbot; and a number of accommodation holdings, cottages and gardens comprising the greater portion of the model village of Norton.

By 1891 William Beeston a retired publican aged 79 is now lodging with the new residents. William and Annie Nevitt.

William Nevitt b.1860 at Prees, Shropshire to Thomas Nevitt an agricultural labourer and Harriet Batho. Before moving to Norton in Hales he lived with his widowed mother, a launderess in Buerton and later became an indoor farm servant at Alkington Hall. In 1881 William married Annie Thompson from Whitchurch. In 1891 they were living at The Talbot Inn, William Nevitt beerhouse keeper, aged 30 , wife Annie Nevitt aged 29, daughter Agnes Nevitt aged 9, son William Nevitt aged 1.

Living in the house adjoining was William Nevitt’s mother Harriet Mellor a laundress following her marriage to John Mellor. William’s brother John Nevitt a gardener, sister Annie Nevitt a laundress and step sister Agnes Mellor a laundress are living with them. By 1901 the family had left Norton to live in Marbury, Cheshire. John Mellor and Harriet had moved to Rose Cottage, Norton in Hales.

2nd September 1893 - BREWSTER SESSIONS - Superintendent's report. One house has been closed the Talbot Beerhouse, Norton in Hales.

On the 1901 census Joshua Halfpenny is now living here and the address is now ‘Late Talbot Beerhouse Cottages’

32 Main Road (School House)

1841 – Thomas Clorley

1851 – John Wickstead (Master of National School) b.1815 and Ann Wickstead b.1813 (School Mistress). By 1861 John and Ann are living in the village, John is a Tailor and Grocer.

1861 – James Harper Spence (National School Master) b.1842 Islington, son of James (Headmaster) and Hannah Spence. In 1862 James married Amelia Day in Essex. On the 25th October 1863 their son, James Harper Spence Junior, was baptised at St Chad’s Church, Norton-in-Hales. By 1871 James and Amelia are living in Holy Cross, Shropshire. James became a Land and Insurance Agent, then later an Accountant.

1865 – 1879 – Henry Gray, also played the organ in church.

1879 – 1885 (following the rebuilding of the school) – Abijah Gaston

1885 – 1900 – William F Thomas. In January 1900 William F Thomas (Headmaster), Elizabeth Thomas (Teacher) and Wilfred Thomas (Assistant Teacher) resigned from their positions.

1900 – Charles Chadwick

1939 – Annie Mycock

1949 – Elizabeth Brown

33 Main Road

Built between 1860’s – 1871 – 6 rooms listed in 1911.

First known residents were George Frederick Minshall and wife Elizabeth Vernon b1841 Market Drayton. George Minshall was the son of William Minshall of Norton in Hales and Anne Wilkinson of Audlem. The house 2 doors down was his family home (previously 35 Main Road but this has since been demolished) this is where his parents continued to live until their deaths, William in 1866 and Anne in 1885.

Elizabeth Vernon was the daughter of Abraham and Mary.
Before moving to 33 Main Road, in 1861 Elizabeth, aged 19 was a house servant in Everton, Lancashire. In 1861 George aged 17 is living at home with his parents at 35 Main Road Norton in Hales. On 16th April 1868 Elizabeth and George married at Christ Church Everton.

On the 1871 Census George aged 24 is listed a boarder at the house of George Hodgkinson, a Wheelwright in Wolstanton, Staffordshire, George’s occupation is also a Wheelwright. Elizabeth at this time is staying with her parents Abraham and Mary who were both living at 43, the end cottage where they lived until their deaths, Mary in 1892 and Abraham in 1896.
In 1874 their daughter Fanny Minshall was born at Norton in Hales
By 1881 census George, Elizabeth and Fanny aged 7 are living at 33 Main Road. George’s occupation is listed a Colliery Carpenter. John Minshall, George’s brother lives at 36 Main Road (now demolished), from 1871 until he died in 1911. Next door at number 34 lives George’s sister Betsey Minshall with her husband Isaac Vernon, Elizabeth’s brother.

In 1891 George is still a Wheelwright and Fanny now aged 17 is a dressmaker.

On 2nd September 1897 Fanny Minshall marries George Kinsey Downing (a builder) at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales. Fanny and George afterward live in 15 Vale Street, Silverdale, Staffordshire. In 1901 George aged 57 and Elizabeth 58 (note they alter their ages from census to census) Hilda Downing aged 14 visitor (no doubt a relation of the son-in-law’s).

George and Elizabeth live at 33 Main Road until their deaths, George in 1915 and Elizabeth in 1920.

George Frederick Minshall of 33 Norton in Hales near Market Drayton Shropshire died 30th December 1915 Probate London 16 February to Fanny Downing (wife of George Kinscey Downing) Effects £312 10s
Elizabeth Minshall of 33 Norton in Hales near Market Drayton Shropshire widow died 20th May 1920 at Norton in Hales. Probate London 10th March to Fanny Downing (wife of George Kinscey Downing) Effects £769 13s 3d.

In 1928 the house was occupied by the Evans family. Thomas Evans b.1860 at Market Drayton and Ann nee Beckett b.1859 at Hales. Before moving to Norton the family lived in Napley, Thomas was a stockman on the farm. Ann Evans died in 1928. On the 1939 census Thomas Evans, a widower aged 79 is living with his son Arthur Evans a postman aged 51 , daughter Annie aged 42 and a boarder Elizabeth Peake aged 80. Thomas died in 1943 aged 83. Arthur Evans died in 1963 aged 74.

34 Main Road

Built between 1868 – 6 rooms listed in 1911.

First known residents were Isaac Vernon b.1837 Betton and his wife Betsey Minshall b.1832 Norton in Hales. Isaac and Betsey were married at St Chad’s Norton in Hales on 3rd June 1866.

Isaac Vernon was the son Abraham and Mary Hallmark. Before moving into 34, Main Road, when Isaac was 22 years old he is listed on the 1861 census at Rooms Farm House, Ridgwardine along with Thomas Bloore’s family. His occupation at that time was a Journeyman Wheelwright.

Betsey Minshall was the daughter of William Minshall of Norton in Hales and Anne Wilkinson of Audlem. The house next door was her family home (previously 35 Main Road but this has since been demolished) this is where her parents continued to live until their deaths, William in 1866 and Anne in 1885.

John Minshall, Betsey’s brother lives at 36 Main Road now demolished from 1871 until he died in 1911. Next door at number 33 lives Isaac’s sister Elizabeth Vernon who married Betsey’s brother George Frederick Minshall in 1868.

Isaac’s occupation on the 1871 census is Wheelwright and from 1881 an estate carpenter. By 1871 Isaac’s parents Abraham and Mary were both living at 43, the end cottage where they lived until their deaths, Mary in 1892 and Abraham in 1896

On the 1881 census their niece Mary E Jones aged 11 is living with them.

21st August 1886 - TO LET a six-roomed House, with piggeries and with or without garden, at Norton in Hales: Apply Isaac Vernon.

In 1891 they were both still living at 34, Main Road. They also had living with them a lodger, Thomas W Bovill a Pupil teacher from Yorkshire aged 14, who was offered the appointment of candidate in probation at a salary of £10 per annum in 1889 at Norton School.

By the 1911 census, taken months before Isaac died, they are still living at 34, Main Street. Isaac aged 74 now a retired carpenter, Betsey aged 67 and living with them is Isaac’s sister Fanny Griffiths aged 80.

Isaac Vernon died in 1911 and was buried on 11th July 1911 at the remote cemetery in Norton in Hales.

Will – Vernon Isaac of Norton in Hales Shropshire died 9th July 1911. Probate London 18th August to Betsey Vernon widow and Herbert Deakin Jones Solicitor’s clerk. Effects £323 12s 3d.

Betsey Vernon died Age 86 Years in 1927. Betsey and Isaac had no children.

Will – Vernon Betsy of 34, Norton in Hales Shropshire widow died 3rd September 1927 Probate London 4th November to William Owen school caretaker and George Enoch Hughes retired plumber Effects £919 0s 4d.

35 Main Road (now demolished)

William Minshall was born in 1792 in Norton In Hales, the son of Catherine and John. He married Ann Wilkinson of Audlem on 27 February 1827. William and Ann had 7 children. Their eldest son William Minshall a cordwainer died in 1852 at the age of 24, and was buried in Norton In Hales. Martha Minshall married William Owen in 1853 and lived at the Chapel House. John Minshall married Isabella Soul in 1870 and lived at number 36. Sarah Minshall married James Bate in 1861. Betsey married Isaac Vernon and lived at number 34. George Minshall married Elizabeth Vernon and lived at number 33. William Minshall died on 19 April 1866 in Market Drayton, Shropshire, at the age of 74. Ann continued to live at number 35 and in in 1881 she is listed as an agricultural labourers widow, proprietor of land and house. Ann died in 1885 at the age of 84.

William Minshall 29th October 1866. The Will of William Minshall late of Norton in Hales in the county of Salop Yeoman deceased who died 19th April 1866 at Norton aforesaid was proved at Shrewsbury by the oaths of John Minshall of Norton aforesaid Labourer and George Minshall of Norton aforesaid labourer the sons of the executors. Effects under £100.

37 Main Road

This was two cottages in 1891. In 1911 7 rooms are listed.

By 1881 George Bruckshaw had moved from 12 Main Road to the Blacksmiths at number 37. Now a widower aged 59, blacksmith and farmer of 6 acres. Living with him at number 37 was his eldest son John Bruckshaw, a blacksmith, daughter-in-law Frances Bruckshaw, youngest son Christopher and an apprentice William Cooper.

John Bruckshaw b.1848 was born in Norton and lived at the blacksmiths at 12 Main Road. In 1879 he married Frances Goodburn at St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich. Frances b1846 in Bermondsey and was the daughter of Thomas Goodburn a master mariner and Susannah Goodburn.

In 1883 John and Frances had a daughter, Alice Maud Bruckshaw. George Bruckshaw died in 1885.

In 1891 John Bruckshaw aged 42 a blacksmith, his wife Frances aged 45, their daughter Alice aged 8, John’s  younger brother Charlies aged 28 and now a partner in the business and William Taylor aged 16 an apprentice blacksmith were all living at number 37. By 1901 the house is recorded as blacksmith shop and smithy and is now one cottage. John Bruckshaw aged 52 is a blacksmith and agent, deputy registrar of births and deaths. Frances Bruckshaw aged 55. Alice Maud Bruckshaw is 18 and is a school mistress (at Norton in Hales school). In 1911 only John and Frances Bruckshaw are living at the house. John is still a blacksmith at home. Alice Bruckshaw now 28 years old is working as a domestic service for William (Farmer) and Mary Ann Huxley at Stoke Manor, Market Drayton.

John Bruckshaw died in 1911. Alice Maud Bruckshaw died 1919.

38 Main Road/ Back Lane

3 rooms listed in 1911.

In 1881 Joseph Davies a butcher and retired farmer aged 66 and his wife Elizabeth Davies aged 63 were living here. Joseph Davies died in August 1888 and was buried in Norton in Hales.

William Bloore b.1859 at Mucklestone to William Bloore and Eliza nee Matthews. In 1881 William was a farm servant to Thomas and Matilda Bourne at Mucklestone.

On 30th December 1884 William Bloore married Mary Timmis of Little Drayton the daughter of George and Fanny Timmis. Prior to their marriage Mary was working as a domestic servant at Norton Farm.

In 1887 their son Harry was born, followed by John in 1890 and Edith Mary in 1891. In 1891 the family is living at number 38. In 1893 they had their fourth child William Bloore, a few days later Mary died and was buried on the 26th May 1893 at the Cemetery in Norton. William Bloore was baptised on the 28th May 1893 at St Chad’s Church Norton in Hales. Less than a year later William died and was buried on the 28th April 1894.

By the 1901 census living at number 38 are William Bloore aged 42, an agricultural labourer, his son Harry Bloore aged 14 working as a cattle boy on a farm, John Bloore aged 11 and Edith Mary Bloore aged 10. Also living with them was Harriet Lawrence aged 46, a domestic housekeeper.

By the 1911 census living at number 38 is William Bloore now 52 years old, a domestic garden labourer, his daughter Edith Mary aged 20 and a boarder Thomas Hamlet aged 32, a mole catcher.

In 1918 Edith Mary Bloore married Joseph Woodcock.

William Bloore died in 1931 when he was 72 years old, he was buried at Norton in Hales on the 22nd August 1931.

1933 part of this house was joined to number 39 Main Road and a part of the building went to ‘Oakhurst’ built in 1973.

39 Main Road/ Back Lane

3 rooms listed in 1911

In 1881 living here were John Moseley a gardener aged 40, his wife Rebecca Moseley aged 36 and a lodger Alfred Jones a groom aged 21 from Oswestry.

On the 1901 Census William Batho, aged 58, a cowman on the farm, Sarah Batho aged 53, son Alfred aged 25, son Thomas aged 18, daughter Sarah Elizabeth aged 26, daughter Ethel Batho aged 8, granddaughter Sarah J Bloore aged 5 and Elizabeth Anne Bloore aged 2 months were living at number 39.

In 1869 at Wem, William Batho and Sarah Wynn married.
Sarah Wynn was the daughter of William and Ann Wynn of Market Drayton. In 1861 she was living with her family at Stone Quarry, Sutton. William Batho, the son of William and Sarah Batho came from Shrewsbury Street, Prees.

Before moving to number 39, the Batho family lived at the Old Gate House, Bearstone. They had 10 children. Their eldest daughter Annie Batho married George Bloore, brother of William Bloore who lived at number 38 in 1890. They lived at Charn Cottage, just outside the village and later moved into 10 Mucklestone Road in 1939.

By the 1911 census only William Batho now 67 years old, a retired farm labourer, Sarah Batho aged 62, son Thomas Batho aged 28 and granddaughter Annie Batho aged 10 were living here. William Batho died later that year.

This became the Post Office in 1929 and the Postmaster was George William John Southerton. George b.1896 at Market Drayton to George and Sarah Southerton. Before living here, George lived at number 35 Main Road with his mother Sarah, younger brother Frederick and uncle John Southerton. In 1914 George enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps as an air mechanic and was discharged in 1917. In 1920 George married Marion Lewis. George’s uncle, John Southerton lived next door at number 38. In 1931 George died aged 34 years old.

George William John Southerton of 39 Norton in Hales near Market Drayton Shropshire died 13 January 1931 Asministration London 4 March to Marion Southerton widow. Effects £1,112 12s.

Mr Walter Malkin was the Postmaster for six months until the Post Office moved in 1933 to number 37 Main Road where Edwin Keay became Post Master. On the 1939 census Walter G Malkin b.1888 Land Agent Clerk and Edith Malkin b. 1894 are listed at number 39.

Walter George Malkin b.1888 at Norton in Hales, to Frederick Malkin, a groom at Oakley Hall and Alice Malkin. He grew up at 42, Forge Cottage, Norton in Hales. During WWI, Walter enlisted into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was discharged in 1918. Walter lost his leg in the war and had a wooden leg. Walter’s Uncle John and Aunty Elen Malkin lived at number 51. Walter married Edith Florence nee Gee in 1927. Edith Malkin died in 1995 aged 100.

43 Main Road/ Drayton Road

Part of three cottages that are very old. In 1911 number 43 is listed as having 3 rooms.

Abraham Vernon b.1808 Market Drayton and his wife Mary Hallmark b.1812 Hodnet. Before moving to Norton Abraham and Mary lived in Betton with their 8 children. By 1871 Abraham, Mary and one of their daughters, Elizabeth Minshall were living at number 43 Main Road. Elizabeth had married George Minshall in 1868 and was living at 33 Main Road, Norton in Hales until 1920. Isaac Vernon, their son had married George Minshall’s sister Betsey and they lived in the house next door at 34 Main Road, Norton in Hales.

On the 1871 census Abraham’s occupation is listed as an Agricultural Labourer. They both lived at number 43 until their deaths, Mary in 1892 and Abraham in 1896.

In 1897 James Edwards b.1870 and Harriet Edwards b.1864 are living at number 43.

In 1899 a sad event was discovered.

Sad death of a child from scalds – G Gordon Warren Esq. coroner , Market Drayton held and inquiry at the Hinds Head Inn , Norton in Hales on Saturday last touching the death of a three year old child of James Edwards, a labourer of Norton in Hales, who died from the result of scalds on the previous Wednesday evening. Mr W F Thomas was foreman of the jury – Harriet Edwards deposed: I am the wife of James Edwards, labourer. The deceased Fanny Elizabeth Edwards was our child. She was two years and seven month olds. On Wednesday last the 26th April about nine o’clock in the morning. I was preparing for washing. I filled a bucket of boiling water and placed it in the house-place. At this time the little girl was in the kitchen. I went for a bucket of cold water and as I went out I met the deceased coming from the kitchen in the house place where the hot water was. She was drawing a little waggon I had given her to play with. When I met her she was walking with her face towards the bucket. I was not away half a minute. I heard the child scream and that brought me back. On going back into the house I saw the child in the bucket in a sitting position as if she turned round when met her and fallen backwards into the bucket. I took her out, called for help and then undressed her. She was badly scalded on the lower part of her body. Mrs Hamlet came and saw the child. Before Mrs Hamlet came I dusted the child with flour and wrapped her up in a sheet and blanket. I sent for Dr Eddows and when he came he said the child was scalded very badly and he did not think she would survive. The child died the same evening. I have one child besides this. The deceased was not insured. In answer to the foreman: the bucket did not turn over: the child simply sat in it. Sarah Hamlet deposed: I know the family well. The parents were very fond of the child. Everything was done for child that we could do and Dr Eddows said we could have done no more. The jury declared a verdict of “Accidental Death”.

By the 1901 census James is listed as single and an agricultural labourer, Harriet is not listed as his wife, but a married servant whos occupation is a charwomen. Living with them is Herbert Edwards b.1890 the relationship to James is recorded as son. However parish records detail George Herbert Edwards as his much younger brother. By 1911 the records are still confusing with James still listed as single and Harriet now a widow, living with them is Edith Edwards, James’s daughter aged 9.

44 Main Road/ Drayton Road

Part of three cottages that are very old. In 1911 number 44 is listed as having 3 rooms.

In 1861 the residents were James Hodgkinson, an agricultural labourer aged 39 from Cheshire and his wife Ann aged 40. They were still listed at number 44 until the 1881 census.

45 Main Road/ Drayton Road

Part of three cottages that are very old. In 1911 number 45 is listed as having 5 rooms.

James Wainwright was in his early 20’s when he met Reverent Frederick Silver, he had been living in a caravan by the river Tern. Frederick found him somewhere more permanent to stay and where he could continue his business as a shoemaker. So James moved into an end cottage on Main Road. James soon became actively involved in church life and took up organ playing and bell ringing. Frederick and James became good friends and James later went on to become the parish clerk, sexton, district registrar and Sunday school teacher in the village. Whilst doing my research I have come across many examples of his beautiful copperplate writing.

James Wainwright was born in 1830 at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, to Samuel Wainwright and Alice Bowker. In 1854 James married Ann Ridgeway a Housemaid to William Norcop at Betton Hall. In 1851 they are both residing at 45 Main Road.

In 1861 James’s father Samuel a coachman, step-mother Penelope and step-brothers John and Joseph, were all living in Norton.

James and Ann had 10 children, only 3 survived into adulthood. James Bowker Wainwright b.1860 who went on to become a manager of a cigar and coffee store in Manchester. Walter Wainwright b.1864 served in the Royal Horse Artillery from 1886 when he was 22 years old. John Wainwright b.1867 became a house furnisher’s manager in Birmingham.

In 1912 after five days of illness James Wainwright died aged 82 years. He was buried at the remote cemetery on 10th August 1912. Ann died in 1920.

The next residents were Albert Edward and Alice Pruceclick here to read their story

Laurel Cottage / 46 Drayton Road

7 rooms listed in 1911

From the details taken from James Owen’s Will I assume that James built Laurel Cottage as he owned the 3 cottages (43,44 45) and land at this time.

In 1871 James Owen b.1816 Audlem, retired Wheelwright and his wife Ellen b.1808 Mucklestone were living at Laurel Cottage with their daughter Mary Owen b.1849 and Grandson William H Owen.

Before moving to Norton, James and Ellen lived at the Blue Bull, Winnington, Staffordshire as a Publican and Wheelwright aged 45, Ellen aged 53 and children George 14, Mary 12, Alice 4.

In 1875 Ellen Owen died. James remarried a couple of years later on 20th January 1877 to Mary Ann Spragg a widower of Norton in Hales.

Mary Ann Owen died in 1885 she was buried on 23rd May 1885 at Norton in Hales cemetery.

The Will of James Owen late of Norton in Hales in the county of Salop Gentleman who died 27 September 1888 at Norton in Hales was proved at Shrewsbury by George Owen of 62 Lower-Broughton-road Lower Broughton in the county of Lancaster Grocer the son one of the executors. Personal Estate worth £424 1s 5d

James Owen was buried on 1st October 1888 at Norton in Hales.

24th August 1889 - TO LET, for immediate possession, Laurel Cottage, Norton in Hales; seven rooms, garden, stable, coach-house etc. Apply James Wainwright Norton in Hales
28th September 1911 - I William Henry Owen the oldest son of the Vendor and the Grandson of the said James Owen died a bachelor and intestate at New Jersey United States of America on 12th September 1894 without disentailing the property and the Purchaser shall be satisfied with such evidence of this death as is in the possession of the vendor to this effect at the expense of the purchaser. 

This is when the land, three cottages, Laurel Cottage and Rose Cottage were sold at auction.

1911 Lot 2 - That well built small residence known as "Laurel Cottage" containing seven rooms and out-houses and excellent gardens..in the occupation of Mr S Barratt at a yearly rent of £13.

On the 1911 census Samuel Barratt b.1839, a retired joiner from Newcastle, Staffordshire, residing with his wife Mary Barratt b.1850 and two of their children Elizabeth aged 30 a sewing machinist – tailoring and Samuel aged 25. They also have three boarders – Henry Pye aged 10, Alice Pye aged 8 and Elsie Talbot 2 months old.

Samuel Barratt died and was buried on 21st December 1911 at the cemetery at Norton in Hales.

Mary Barratt is detailed receiving money for being a widow within the Norton in Hales accounts until 1916.

In 1919 Henry Hamlet b.1871 and his wife Mary Hamlet b.1868 move from 44 to 46 Main Road. By 1933 Arthur Jones b.1890 lodged with the Hamlets. Arthur was an estate worker, sweeping the roads and keeping the water gutter clear. People with cows lived in fear of Mr. Jones because they had to move their cows twice daily, from their small-holdings to the fields in the summer, and Mr. Jones always complained of the cow muck on the road. In 1941 Henry Hamlet died, Following his death Mary Hamlet moved to 25 Main Road to live with her niece.

Henry Hamlet of 46 Norton in Hales Market Drayton Salop died 11 July 1941 Probate Llandudno 19 August to Mary Jane Hamlet widow Effects £297 8s 7d.

Rose Cottage/ Rose Villa/ 46 Drayton Road

6 rooms listed in 1911

In 1881 Elizabeth Read b.1816 Wrenbury, Cheshire, a widower and retired farmers wife was living at Rose Villa aged 65. Living with her as a general domestic servant was Mary Morrey b.1854 Mucklestone.

Elizabeth’s husband Thomas Read a master farmer of Aston, Stafford died on 30th August 1868 leaving effect of under £7,000 to his widow and son.

In 1891 Elizabeth now 75 years, still residing at Rose Villa, with her unmarried sister Ellen Manley aged 68 and a general domestic servant Anne Morrey b.1873, Newcastle, Staffs.

The Will of Elizabeth Read late of Norton in Hales in the county of Salop widow who died 23 April 1891 at Norton in Hales was proven at the principle registry by Samuel Hope of Knighton in the parish of Stafford builder and Samuel Dunn of Willoughbridge Lodge in the said parish farmer the executors. Effects £6,496 9s 3d

In 1901, living here was John Mellor b.1830, his wife Harriet nee Batho b.1836 a laundress, step-daughter Annie Nevitt b.182, laundress and daughter Agnes b.1877, laundress.

Before living at Rose Cottage – John Mellor married Sarah Spragg b.1829 at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales in 1858. The lived somewhere in the village, their address is not known. Sarah died and was buried on 14th September 1874 at Norton.

Harriet Batho married Thomas Nevitt an agricultural labourer in 1859 at Whitchurch. In 1861 they were living in Whixall with their 9 month old son Willian Nevitt. Thomas died on 16th May 1868.

In 1875 Harriet Nevitt and John Mellor were married at Whitchurch. At some point after their marriage they came to live in Norton. By 1881 John Mellor was no longer working as an agricultural labourer and is described on the census as an invalid. They lived in the house adjoining the Talbot Inn where in 1891 Harriet’s son William Nevitt was living as a beerhouse keeper. It is then by 1901 that the family move to Rose Cottage.

John died in 1905 and Harriet Mellor died in 1909.

In 1911 Annie Nevitt is still living at Rose Cottage, along with her cousin Thomas Edward Radcliffe b.1893, a grocers apprentice. Annie left Rose Cottage in 1919 to 28 Main Road, then afterwards in 48 Chapel Lane where she lived with Miss Rathbone. Annie Nevitt died in 1950.  

1911 Lot 3 - "Rose Cottage" a similar residence to and adjoining Lot 2 [Laurel Cottage] with Laundry, Out-offices and Garden in the occupation of Mrs. Nevett at a yearly rent of £13.

50 Chapel Lane now Bell Cottage

4 rooms listed in 1911

In 1891 William Hamlet b.1837, Moreton Say Shropshire, his wife Sarah b.1838 Prees, Shropshire and their children William (stepson) b.1865, Henry b.1871, Thomas b.1879 and William’s brother George Hamlett b.1866. William Hamlet was a mole catcher as well as his sons.

In 1899 Henry Hamlet married Mary Jane Evans at Woore, Shropshire. Afterwards they moved into 44 Main Road.

In 1901 William Hamlet (mole catcher), Sarah and son Thomas (mole catcher)

In 1909 Sarah Hamlet died aged 71, following her death, William, now a retired farmer, went to live as a boarder at 52 Main Road with Agnes Edwards and Samuel Ravencroft both widowers. Thomas Hamlet went to live as a boarder 38 Main Road with William Bloore and Edith Mary Boore.

51 Main Road

6 rooms listed in 1911.

On the 1901 census, living here were John Malkin an estate bricklayer’s labourer aged 38, his wife Ellen nee Brayford, also aged 38 and their three children; John Edward Malkin aged 9, Helen Ann Malkin aged 7 and Annie Malkin aged 5.

John Malkin was born in 1862 in Norton in Hales, to John Malkin/Maulkin and Ann nee Davis. He was baptised at St Chad’s Church on the 23rd November 1862. In 1871 John Malkin/Maulkin was living with his parents and older brother Frederick b.1859 in Norton in Hales. In 1875 John’s mother Ann died and later that year his father married Jane Bunn and moved to Napley.

By 1881 John was working as a farm servant in Maer, Staffordshire. In 1890 he married Ellen Brayford, daughter of Daniel and Frances Brayford.

By the 1911 census John Malkin aged 48, his wife Ellen 48 and three of their four children are listed; John Edward Malkin a domestic gardener aged 19, Helen Ann Malkin a dressmaker aged 17 and Daniel Brayford Malkin aged 9 who was at school. Also living with them was William Thomas a domestic gardener aged 20. Their daughter Annie Nancy Malkin aged 15 is listed on the census at 1 Bellport Lodge, Lodge Farm as a servant for the Eardley family.

In 1914 John Edward Malkin joined up along with Colonel Sir Lovelace Stammer. John Radford Norcop, Percy Jones, Arthur Glassey, James Morrey, Henry Morrey, Joseph Morrey. Herman Fisher, Joseph Mottram, Oliver Chidlow, Edward Ratcliffe, Sam Swire and Alfred Boughey from Norton in Hales.

On the 8th October 1914 at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales Helen Ann Malkin married Thomas Henry Whateley.

In 1915 John Edward Malkin of the 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry was killed in action on 25th September 1915 during an enemy bombardment of trenches at “Railway Wood” near Ypres. Aged 24 years. He is remembered at Panel 47-49 at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

20th November 1915 – Memorial service – a special service was held in the parish church on Sunday evening, in memory of Private John Malkin, killed in action in France on September 25th and Private William Forrester, who died of wounds in France on October 17th. Special psalms and hymns were sung and the prayers included several forms of service for the burial of the dead. The service close with hymn “holy Father in thy mercy hear our anxious prayers keep our loved ones now far absent, “neath thy care” which was sung by the congregation kneeling.

On the 7th June 1920 Annie Malkin married Wilfred Norman Chell at St Chad’s Church.

In 1922 Daniel Malkin married Nellie E Pye at Market Drayton – by 1939 Daniel was a Dairy Farmer living in Sandy Lane, Market Drayton.

MALKIN Ellen of 51 Norton-in-Hales near Market Drayton Shropshire (wife of John Malkin) died 1 September 1932 Probate London 27 September to Daniel Brayford Malkin farm worker and Thomas Henry Whateley chauffeur. Effects £426 18s

On the 1934 Directory – John Malkin (Clerk) Helen Whateley (Shopkeeper) in Norton in Hales

MALKIN John of 51 Norton in Hales near Market Drayton Salop died 19 May 1936. Probate London 18 June to Daniel Brayford Malkin farm labourer and Thomas Henry Whateley chauffeur. Effects £930 13s 5d.

In 1939 living here were Thomas Henry Whateley caretaker village institute and chauffeur (retired) aged 53, Helen A Whateley Shopkeeper (Grocer), aged 49, Frances Whateley Shop Assistant aged 24, Vera C Whateley aged 13 and Betty (Elizabeth Mary) Williams aged 8.

56 Main Road/ Tudor Cottage

6 rooms listed in 1911.

On the 1911 census, living here were William Wild a cowman on the farm aged 64, his wife Emma Wild aged 50 and their children; Robert Wild an assistant in the bread bakery aged 17, Thomas Wild aged 15. Harry Wild aged 12 and Emma Elizabeth Wild aged 8. In the Norton in Hales school records in 1907 it states that Thomas Wild was excluded from school by the headteacher on account of various mal practices and that in the headteachers opinion thought the boy mentally ill. It then went on to say a medical officer did not consider the boy ill and the boy was to be re-admitted to school. However on the 1911 census Thomas is not listed at school and a detail is included under infirmity in the margin.

Norton Farm / 59 Drayton Road

10 rooms listed in 1911

On the 1827 sale records of the Norton and Bellaport estates, Norton Farm, along with other dwellings and land was rented to John Meakin. From the various meeting minutes that survive we know that John Meakin was an overseer of the poor in Norton in 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826.

In 1848 Thomas Benton b.1793 and his wife Lydia Rathbone became the tenants of Norton farm, from various causes he was unsuccessful and the tenancy was transferred to a Elizabeth Walley. Elizabeth Walley nee Croxon was born in 1786 at Wroxton, Cheshire in 1801 she married John Walley

On the 1851 census Elizabeth is listed as a widower and farmer of 100 acres, along with her daughter Caroline Walley b.1824, son Richard Walley b.1827 daughter Sarah Ellen Walley b.1829 and servants Elizabeth Chatterley b.1830, William Beatty b.1824 Michael Hembbard b.1827 John Clark b.1835.

On the 6th January 1857 Elizabeth’s daughter Caroline Walley married Henry Hickman Bennion, of Wybunbury, Cheshire at St Chad’s Church, Norton in Hales.

By 1859 the Walley family left Norton Farm and on the 1861 census Elizabeth, now a retired farmer aged 75 is living at Betton Wood Farm house with her daughter Caroline Bennion aged 37, son in law and head of the household Henry H Bennion aged 42, a farmer of 175 acres and her children Sarah E Walley aged 32 and son Richard Walley aged 34. Elizabeth died later that year.

In November 1859 John Eardley became the new tenant farmer.

John Eardley b.1834 at Mucklestone, was one of ten children born to Daniel Eardley and Ann Bourne of Bearstone Farm. When John came to Norton Farm, being unmarried he brought with him his sister Mary Ann Eardley b.1836 as housekeeper. In 1860 Mary married John Dunn of Willoughbridge Farm, so she was replaced by other sister Fanny Eardley b.1839. In 1862/3 she left Norton Farm to marry John Blockley. Finally before John married another young sister Jane Eardley b.1842 came to be housekeeper. On the 8th September 1864 John Eardley married Fanny Broomfield.