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Wollaston

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Willavestune 1086 DB
  • Willaueston' c.1200 ForProc 1203-4 Ass 1255 RH
  • Wylaveston 1242 Fees 1255-6 Ass
  • Willaveston c.1260 InqMisc
  • Wallaueston', Wullaueston 1203-4 Ass
  • Wilageston' 1221-2 Ass
  • Wilaston' 1242 Fees
  • Magna Wylaston' 1291-2 Ass
  • Wylaston 1316 FA 1415 Fine 1577 Saxton
  • Wylaston' 1334 SR
  • Wyllaston 1431 FA
  • Willaston 1608-9 PR(H) 1655 SAS1/XLVII
  • Gr. Willaston 1695 Morden
  • Wilauston, Willaustun m.13th Ch 1322
  • Wylaweston c.1291 TN
  • Petite Wollaston' 1305-6 Ass
  • Woolleston 1660 PR(H)
  • Wollaston 1667 ib
  • Woollaston 1673,7 ib
  • Great Woolaston and Little Woolaston 1707 SBL6042
  • Wallaston 1610 SBL15757
  • Wollesson, Wrolleson 1658 PR(L)
  • Woolleseston 1672 HTR
  • Woolston 1681 PR(H)

Etymology

'Wīglāf's estate', identical with Wollaston Nth.

The earliest indication that there were two settlements is in 1255 RH, where Willaueston and Willaueston Parva are both listed.Little Woolaston is marked on the 19th-cent. OS map at G.R. 366117, where later maps show Orchard Fm. It is over two miles E. of Wollaston, and in Alberbury Parish (as the whole of Wollaston was). It is Wollaston Fm in the Alberbury TA

Wollaston was a township of Alberbury at the date of the Tithe Award, but became a civil parish in 1864. It contains the townships of Bulthy, Trefnant, Winnington and Great Wollaston in Shropshire, and it formerly contained Middleton and Uppington in Montgomeryshire. The two Welsh townships were made into a parish of Middleton in 1933.

Major Settlements