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1. Newspapers and Journals
From Liverpool Mercury etc ( Liverpool, England ), Friday, August 22, 1834; Issue 1216.
Married
On Friday, the 8th instant, W. E. WHITEMAN, Esq., of this town, to Miss Eleanor STRANGE,
daughter of the late David STRANGE, Esq., of Ellesmere, Salop. 
2. Parishes (mostly IGI extractions)and Census 
Alberbury
Marriage:
1568 Jul 09 Christopher Strange to Margareta Griffith
Berrington
Marriages:
1909 Nov 23 Fanny Strange b 1885 f John Edward Strange to Walter William Cor??? Blakeman
1911 Oct 02 Alice Emily Strange b 1882 f John Edward Strange to George Henry Edwards
Bicton Heath, St Julian
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2541; Folio: 72; Page: 1; Sched: 1
Salop and Montgomery Counties and Wenlock Borough Lunatic Asylum
Arthur Strange  Superintendant, M, 57, Physician Surgeon, Ashton Under Lyme, Lancashire
Emma Elizabeth Strange  Wife, 55, M, Oswestry, Shropshire
Ethel Caroline Strange  Dau, 20, S, Oxon, Shropshire (in Ellesmere District,  
Charles Arthur Strange  Son, 16, S, Student, Oxon, Shropshire  correctly Oxon and Shelton)
(I have omitted those with other names but classified as within this household)
Bromfield
Marriage:
1743 Nov 16 Eleanor Strange to Thomas Harris
Broseley - Saint Leonard
Marriage:
1792 Feb 13 John Strange to Anne Jones
Culmington
1690 Oct 14 Mary Strange to Isaac Gope
Dowles
Baptisms:
1848 May 21 Eliza Strange parents: William Strange, Elizabeth
1851 Apr 13 John Strange parents: James Strange, Elizabeth
1853 Aug 07 Thomas Strange parents: James Strange, Elizabeth
1855 Dec 09 Henry Strange parents: James Strange, Elizabeth

Marriages:
1879 May 04 Sarah Strange to Henry Lester; father William Strange
1916 Sep 10 Annie Gertrude Strange (born 1895) to James Henry Darkes; father Richard Strange
1921 Oct 22 Edith Elsie Strange (born 1898) to William Carter; father Richard Strange
1926 Dec 27 Emily Hannah Strange to Sidney Archibald Wills; father Richard Strange
Duddleston (Dudleston) - St Mary the Virgin Map. This church was built in the 12th century 
as a township chapelry (or chapel of ease); becoming an Ecclesiastical Parish in 1715. This is
not to be confused with Dudleston Heath (Criftins) which has had its own church since 1874.
Note that Google Maps is wrong in that it shows St Mary's as being where the parish office is,
not where the actual church is ; this is also true of the webs site called "A Church Near You".
The parish of St Mary covers an area that comprises many very small clusters of farms and
associated cottages with no defined centre of occupation plus Kilhendre Hall.
Parish description from the Shropshire Gazetteer 1824.

Baptisms:
1719 Oct 01 John Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1721 Jan 24 David Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1724 Aug 25 Roger Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1727 May 07 James Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1731 Dec 05 William Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1734 May 12 Joseph Strange   parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1737 May 01 Mary Strange parents: Roger Strange, Mary
1752 Jul 19 James Strange parents: James Strange, Sarah
1752 Oct 28 Mary Strange parents: David Strange, Elisabeth
1755 Jan 25 John Strange parents: David Strange, Elisabeth
1757 May 07 Martha Strange parents: David Strange, Elizabeth
1759 Nov 22 {male} Strange   parents: David Strange, Elizabeth
1761 May 03 William Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1763 Jun 05 Roger Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1765 Sep 08 Edward Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1768 May 23 John Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1771 Jan 06 Elizabeth Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1773 Feb 07 Margaret Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1777 Aug 10 Sarah Strange parents: William Strange, Mary
1779 Jun 24 William Strange parents: James Strange, Jane
1781 Mar 11 Sarah Strange parents: James Strange, Jane
1790 Jan 04 Joseph Strange   parents: William Strange, Mary
1790 Oct 16 Mary Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
1792 May 31 David Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
(married c1836 Ann born Selattyn; died Q2 1870 Ellesmere RD aged 77)
1797 Jan 05 James Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah (died 04 Jun 1798)
1799 May 10 John Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
1801 Feb 08 Elizabeth Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
1803 Jul 31 Martha Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
1805 Jul 07 Helen Mary Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah
1809 Jul 09 Mary Strange parents: David Strange, Sarah        
1834 Sep 28 David Strange     parents: David Strange, Ann
1836 Jun 05 John Strange       parents: David Strange, Ann
1838 Feb 18 William Strange    parents: David Strange, Ann
1839 Oct 23 Elizabeth Strange parents: David Strange, Anne
1842 Jan 28 Ellen Strange      parents: David Strange, Anne
1843 Oct 02 Mary Anne Strange parents: David Strange, Anne      
1845 May 22 Sarah Strange      parents: David Strange, Anne
1847 Jul 11 James Strange      parents: David Strange, Ann
1851 Aug 17 George Strange     parents: David Strange, Ann
1852 Oct 29 John Strange       parents: Joseph Strange, Ellen (married Jane c1879)
Marriage:
1756 Jul 08 William Strange to Mary Hughes (submitted)Burials:
National Burials Index 1817 Aug 13 Elizabeth STRANGE 16 1819 Jan 12 David STRANGE 59 1822 Nov 27 Sarah STRANGE 52
Dudleston Heath (usually known as Criftins)- St Matthew (legally St Martins .... but why?) 
A
lso referred to as Criftins-by-Ellesmere. The church was built in 1874.
Marriages:      
1880 Apr 17 Mary Ann Strange b 1861     f Joseph Strange to Joseph Heay
1893 Aug 24 Mary Ann Strange b 1867     f John Strange to Ephraim Evison
1900 Jun 07 Sarah Strange to Lewis Brooks
1903 Apr 15 John Strange to Mary Trickett
1905 Apr 02 Joseph Strange to Margaret Annie Lewis
1930 Apr 29 Dorothy Mary Strange b 1910 f Joseph Strange to John Thomas Lee

1851 Census (recorded as a Township not a parish)
Class: HO107; Piece: 1994; Folio: 359; Page: 1; Sched: 4
David Strange, Head, M, 55, Ag Lab, Overton, Flintshire, Wales
Mary Strange, Wife, M, 53, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales
Anne Strange, Dau, U, 24, Overton, Flintshire, Wales
William Strange, Son, 18, Overton, Flintshire, Wales
Class: HO107; Piece: 1994; Folio: 371; Page: 25; Sched: 123
Thomas Strange, Head, M, 50, Ag Lab, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Anne Strange, Dau, U, 19, ? Maker, Ellesmere, Shropshire
1861 Census (Criftins)
Class: RG9; Piece: 1884; Folio: 18; Page: 7; Sched 31
Pentremadock (Pentremaddock)
David Strange, Head, M, 68, Farmer, Ellesmere, Shropshire (bap Dudleston 1792, died 1870)
Ann Strange, Wife, M, 50, Selattyn, Shropshire
John Strange, Son, 25, U, Ellesmere, Shropshire
William Strange, Son, U, 23, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Elizabeth Strange, Dau, U, 21, Ellesmere, Shropshire
James Strange, Son, 12, Ellesmere, Shropshire
George Strange, Son, 9, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Mary Williams, Serv, U, 15, House Servant, St Martins, Shropshire
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2550; Folio: 53; Page: 26; Sched: 92
Greenhill hamlet
William Strange Head, 40, M, General Labourer, Dudleston, Shropshire
Annie Strange   Wife, 46, M, Pant Glas, Oswestry, Shropshire
Florence Strange       8, Dudleston, Shropshire
Thomas Strange   6, Dudleston, Shropshire
Margaret Strange       4, Dudleston, Shropshire
Osmond Strange   1, Dudleston, Shropshire
Thomas Burgess   43, Dudleston, Shropshire
Eastwick, Ellesmere St Mary
1851 Census
Class: HO107; Piece: 1994; Folio: 328; Page: 2; Sched 9
Joseph Strange, Head, M, 51, Blacksmith, Eastwick, Shropshire
Sarah Strange, Wife, M, 51, Dudleston, Shropshire
John Strange, Son, U, 23, Blacksmith, Dudleston, Shropshire
Elizabeth Strange, Dau 14, Dudleston, Shropshire (bap Ellesmere)
Thomas Strange, Son, 9, Scholar, Dudleston, Shropshire (bap Ellesmere)
Samuel Strange, Son, 7, Scholar, Dudleston, Shropshire (bap Ellesmere)
1861 Census
Class: RG9; Piece: 1884; Folio: 26; Page: 7; Sched:
Dudleston (under Eastwick census)
Sarah Strange, Head, W, 62, Blacksmith, Dudleston, Shropshire
John Strange, Son, U, 33, Blacksmith, Dudleston, Shropshire
Thomas Strange, Son, U, 19, Blacksmith, Dudleston, Shropshire
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2550; Folio: 80; Page: 10; Sched: 56
Jane Strange    Head, W, 61 Blacksmith, Llengrawg, Cardiganshire, Wales
John Strange    Son, S, 31 Blacksnith, Dudleston, Shropshire
Joseph Strange  Son, S, 23 Blacksmith, Dudleston, Shropshire
Ernest Edward Strange   Son, 9, Wrexham, Denbyshire
Ellesmere
Description of the town and its parishes:
Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales; 1870-72
Baptisms:
1676 May 18 John Strang      father: Roger Strang
1680 Apr 01 Roger Strange    father:  Roger Strange
1681 Dec 22 Elizabeth Strange father: Roger Strange
1687 May 06 Jane Strange     father:  Roger Strange
1690 May 27 Roger Strange    father:  Roger Strange
1693 Jul 16 Margaret Strange father: Roger Strange
1754 Jan 06 David Strange    parents: James Strange, Sarah
1757 Mar 24 Joseph Strange   parents: James Strange, Sarah
1757 Mar 24 Mary Strange    parents: James Strange, Sarah
1763 Dec 23 Sarah Strange     parents: James Strange, Sarah
1766 Nov 23 John Strange      parents: James Strange, Sarah
1786 Jun 25 John Strainge     parents: William Strainge, Elizabeth
1787 Dec 16 Samuel Strange    parents: William Strange, Elisabeth
1791 May 01 John Strange      mother:  Elizabeth Strange
1792 Jul 22 William Strange   parents: William Strange, Elizabeth
1794 Dec 31 Thomas Strange    parents: William Strange, Elizabeth
1798 Sep 02 James Strange     parents: William Strange, Elizabeth
1802 Dec 16 Elizabeth Strange parents: William Strange, Elizabeth
1817 Mar 15 John Strange      parents: John Strange, Sarah; died 30 Oct 1818   
1819 Mar 25 George Strange    parents: John Strange, Sarah
1821 Jul 15 John Strange      parents: John Strange, Sarah
1821 Jun 24 Elizabeth Strange parents: James Strange, Anne
1824 Jun 13 Sarah Strange     mother:  Sarah Strange
1825 Jan 16 Pamela Strange    parents: Thomas Strange, Anne
1827 Aug 14 James Strange     parents: James Strange, Anne
1829 Jan 18 Sarah Strange     parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1829 Dec 20 Sarah Strange     parents: Thomas Strange, Anne
1831 Jan 23 Ambrose Strange   parents: James Strange, Anne
At 16 Cable Street, Chester in 1901 with wife Hannah 11 years his junior.
1831 Jan 30 James Strange     parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1832 Aug 28 Joseph Strange    parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1834 Jan 10 David Strange     parents: James Strange, Anne
1834 Sep 07 Marianne Strange  parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1836 Sep 04 Elizabeth Strange parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1838 Sep 30 James Strange     parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1840 Oct 15 Martha Strange    parents: James Strange, Anne
1840 Oct 15 Mary Strange      parents: James Strange, Anne
1841 May 13 Thomas Strange    parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah
1843 Oct 15 Samuel Strange    parents: Joseph Strange, Sarah (living in Eastwick in 1851)
1853 Sep 29 James Strange     mother:  Mary Strange
1862 Dec 25 Sarah Strange     parents: John Strange, Jane
1873 Jan 16 Sarah Strange     parents: Thomas Strange, Ann
Marriages (and possibly Banns, check in IGI records to confirm):
1748 Jun 30 David Strange to Elizh. Allin
1752 Apr 05 James Strange to Sarah Price
1757 Jul 26 Mary Strange to Samuel Rogers
1777 Dec 30 Elizth. Strange to Francis Edwards
1780 Dec 06 Martha Strange to Thos. Shone
1781 Aug 21 Mary Strange to Charles Acres
1789 Dec 27 David Strange to Sarah Wiston
1790 Feb 16 John Strange to Mary Rogers
1799 Jan 06 Margaret Strange to Richard Edwards
1799 Jan 29 Margaret Strange to Richard Edwards
1808 Dec 04 Jane Strange to John Faulkner
1808 Dec 30 Jane Strange to John Faulkner
1820 Nov 26 James Strange to Anne Drary (sic)
1820 Dec 13 James Strange to Anne Drury
1828 Jul 15 Joseph Strange to Sarah Thomas
1828 Jul 28 Joseph Strange to Sarah Thomas
1829 Dec 13 James Strange to Anne Drury
1837 Feb 12 William Strange to Mary Shea
1837 Mar 11 William Strange to Mary Shea
1841 Jun 13 George Strange to Mary Tukes
1855 Oct 23 Mary Strange to Charles Antly
1857 Mar 01 Ann Strange to William Mooson (sic)
1858 Jan 17 Ann Strange to William Hooson (sic)
1858 Feb 01 Ann Strange f David Strange to William Houson
1859 Dec 11 Joseph Strange to Mary Jenkins
1859 Dec 29 Joseph Strange f Joseph Strange to Mary Jenkins
1865 Jul 28 John Strange f David Strange to Sarah Woolham
1869 Oct 17 Thomas Strange to Ann Hughes
1869 Nov 01 Thomas Strange f Joseph Strange to Anne Hughes
National Burials Index
1818 Oct 30 John STRANGE 1
1821 Apr 08 John STRANGE 34
1821 Jul 21 Edward STRANGE inf 
1821 Aug 09 David STRANGE 67
1821 Oct 31 Elizabeth STRANGE inf 
1825 Apr 20 Pamela STRANGE inf 
1826 Jan 21 James STRANGE 73 
1828 Jul 25 James STRANGE inf 
1830 Jan 15 Sarah STRANGE inf 
1831 Mar 24 John STRANGE 64      
Will of John Strange, Blacksmith of Ellesmere, 19 Oct 1831 (probate), PCC PROB 11/1791
1834 Jan 10 James STRANGE 3 1834 Feb 06 David STRANGE inf 1835 Nov 01 William STRANGE 76
Frankwell (a district of the town of Shrewsbury) 
Marriage:
1705 Oct 08 Hannah Strange to Benjamin Bray (submitted)
Great Hanwood
Baptisms:
1820 Oct 08 James Strang parents: James Strang, Jane
1820 Oct 08 John Strang parents: James Strang, Jane
Harnage, Cound St Peter
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2531; Folio: 110; Page: 19; Sched 96
John Strange    Head, 48, M, Waggoner on Farm, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Jane Strange    Wife, 45, M, Kinnerley, Shropshire
William Strange         Son, 13, Buildwas, Shropshire
Ellen Strange   Dau, 10, Buildwas, Shropshire
Joseph Strange  Son, 7, Iron Bridge, Shropshire
Margaret Strange        Dau, 5, Kinnersley, Shropshire
Albert Strange  Son, 2, Kinnersley, Shropshire (Kinnerley)
Hordley
Baptisms:
1821 Jan 28 Edward Streange   parents:  Thomas Streange, Ann
1821 Jan 28 Thomas Streange   parents:  Thomas Streange, Ann
Knokyn
Marriages:
1383 Lucy Le STRANGE to William WILLOUGHBY
1480 Feb 26 Baroness Strange and Mohun Strange to George Baron Strange Stanley
Ludford
Marriage:
1752 May 19 Thomas Strange to Mary Howell
Ludlow
Marriages:
1662 Nov 12 Frauncis Strange to Katherine Fidoe
1708 Mar 07 Wm. Strange to Eliz. Penny
Madeley
Baptisms:
1789 Apr 10 John Strange      parents: Edward Strange, Charlotte
1792 Sep 23 Samuel Strange    parents: Edward Strange, Charlotte
1795 Feb 15 Mary Strange      parents: Edward Strange, Charlotte
1797 Apr 02 Elizabeth Strange parents: Edward Strange, Charlotte
Marriages:
1787 Jan 08 Edward Strainge to Charlotte Roper
1823 Sep 22 Elizabeth Strange to John Andrews
Meerbrook, Kinnerley
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2542; Folio: 25; Page: 1; Sched: 2
In the service of William Lewis 32, Farmer and family
Alice Strange   Servant, S, 18, Pant Glas, Oswestry, Shropshire
Fanny Strange   Servant, 15, Buildwas, Shropshire

Neen-Sollars
Marriage:
1823 Jul 07 Elizabeth Strang to Joseph Pound
Neen-Savage
Marriage:
1583 Ales Stronge to John Weston
Oswestry
Baptism:
1815 Mar 12 Elizabeth Strange parents: John Strange, Sara 
Perthy, Frankton, St Andrew, Ellesmere
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2550; Folio: 35; Page: 12; Sched: 71
Thos Strange    59, Blacksmith, Eastwick, Shropshire
Annie Strange   52, Gobowon, Shropshire
Joseph Strange  16, Blacksmith, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Samuel Strange  12, Ellesmere, Shropshire
James Strange   10, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Ellen Strange   7,  Ellesmere, Shropshire
Rushbury (St Peter)
1901 Census
Class: RG13; Piece: 2514; Folio: 134; Page: 10; Shed: 57
Anthony Strange Head, M, 69 Railway Station Master, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Louisa Strange  Wife, M, 70 Gate Keeper, Warwick
Helen Strange   Dau, S, 24 Rushbury, Shropshire
Ruyton Of The Eleven Towns
Baptism:
1630 Aug 01 Dorathie Strange   parents: John Strange, Marie
Sheriff Hales
Marriage
1606 Nov 16 Elyzabethe Strange to John Steevens
Shotton
Birth:
1896 Oct 15 George Yuille Strang; d 15 Jan 1898 (submitted) - place not known
Shrewsbury - Holy Cross And Saint Giles
Marriage:
1785 Jul 04 William Strange to Mary Rowson
Shrewsbury - St Alkmund
Marriage:
1790 Apr 06 John Strange to Mary Collins
National Burials Index
1824 Sep 18 Mary STRANGE 60
 
Shrewsbury - St Chad
Baptisms:
1641 Aug 19 George Strange     parents: Richard Strange, Sara
1644 Oct 22 Richard Strange    parents: Richard Strange, Sara
1653 Mar 13 Marie Strange      parents: Richard Strange, Sara
1672 Sep 29 John Strange       parents: William Strange, Ann
1674 Oct 22 Richard Strange    father:  William Strange
1677 Sep 16 Hannah Strange     father:  Will. Strange
1680 Apr 13 William Strange    father:  William Strange
1682 Oct 08 Thomas Strange     parents: William Strange, Anne
1683 May 11 Mary Davies [or Strange] parents: John Davies, Mary Strange
1688 Jun 24 John Strange       parents: William Strange, Anne
1713 Nov 29 Ann Strange        parents: George Strange, Ann
1715 Nov 20 Shusanna Strange   parents: George Strange, Ann
1717 Dec 04 John Strange       parents: John Strange, Ann
1719 Aug 07 Elizabeth Strainge parents: George Strainge, Mary
1721 Oct 29 Anne Strange       parents: Geo. Strange [died 24 Jan 1727]
1724 Feb 09 Mary Strange       father:  George Strange
1725 Apr 04 Mary Strange       father:  Geo. Strange
1747 Jul 17 John Strange       father:  John Strange [died 22 Nov 1748]
1750 Mar 11 Thos. Strange      parents: John Strange, Alice
1753 Sep 21 George Strange     parents: John Strange, Alice
1756 Jun 10 Elizth. Strange    parents: John Strange, Alice
1758 Apr 23 John Strange       parents: John Strange, Alice [born 07 APR 1758]
1761 Oct 28 Alice Strange      parents: John Strange, Alice
1766 Feb 02 Mary Stronge       parents: Jno. Stronge, Alice
1767 Aug 17 Mary Strange       parents: John Strange, Elizth. [born 17 Aug 1767; died 23 Aug 1767]
1779 Jul 01 Eliz. Strange      parents: Thos. Strange, Margaret
1780 Aug 03 Eliz. Strange      parents: Thos. Strange, Margt.
1786 Apr 01 Mary Strange       parents: Wm. Strange, Mary
1786 Apr 29 Thomas Strange     parents: William Strange, Mary [born 28 Apr 1786] query year
1787 Apr 14 Mary Strange       parents: William Strange, Mary [born 01 Apr 1787]
1788 Dec 21 Ann Strange        parents: William Strange, Mary [born 15 Dec 1788]
1790 Oct 20 Martha Strange     parents: William Strange, Martha [born 18 Apr 1790] query if Mary
1794 Aug 23 William Strange    parents: William Strange, Mary [born 22 Aug 1794]
1797 Jul 17 James Strange      parents: William Strange, Mary [born 08 Jul 1797]
1800 Feb 16 John Strange       parents: William Strange, Mary [born 16 Feb 1800]
1804 Oct 15 Jemmima Strange    parents: Wm. Strange, Mary [born 14 Oct 1804]
1822 May 26 John Strang        parents: James Strang, Jane
Marriages:
1713 Feb 03 George Strange to Ann Gibbons
1743 Jan 29 John Strange to Alice Stringham
1799 Jul 27 Elizabeth Strange to Richard Parry (submitted)
1816 Aug 14 Martha Strange to Nathaniel Alcock
1821 Jul 05 Mary Strange to Robert Alcock
1823 Jul 21 Martha Strange to Richard Minton
1828 Jul 28 Joseph Strange to Sarah Thomas
1878 Apr 14 Arthur Strange to Emma Elizabeth Williams
National Burials Index
1833 Aug 11 William STRANGE 77
Whitchurch - St AlkmundBaptism:
1713 Apr 22 John Stranige father: John Stranige [Strainge]
National Burials Index
1823 Jun 14 Elizabeth STRANGE 59
Whittington
Marriage:
1779 Jun 17 Jane Strange to James Strange
Woore
Marriage:
1896 Apr 26 Mary Jane Strange to William Thomas Lawton 

Marriage Registrations (Registration Districts)
Ludlow

1921 Q2 Jun Kathleen Ethel Strange to Ambrose Wollaston Bengry (submitted);
b 1898 Hartley Witney, Hampshire; d Q4 1986 Leominster RD (Kathleen Ethel Bengry)
Oswestry
1980 Jun William Strange to Annie Williams      
Death Registrations (Registration Districts)
Ellesmere Q3 1860 David Strange (submitted: born c1822) 


From: Mike Strange Thu, 18 Jan 2001
Lords Strange of Shropshire (also see Middleton, OXF)

The Lords Strange in connection with Myddle of Shropshire - Lord Strange of Knockin
I thought you might like these two extracts. The references are shelf numbers at the Society of Genealogist library in London:

Reference SH/G25 - The King's England - Shropshire - By Arthur Mee - 1946
This one talks about the village of Knockin, a few miles west of Myddle.
Knockin. A pleasant spot by a busy road, it has a few black and white cottages, a church hidden by trees, and, on a wooded mound, the site of a castle whose stones have fallen from their proud estates.  Knockin Castle was famous when John LeStrange set out from here to fight for King John in France and brought home as his bride the widowed Queen of Cyprus. It was still famous two centuries later when the heiress, the beautiful Joan Baroness Strange married a nephew of Warwick the King maker. Another four centuries it stood, and was pulled down, its stones being used to build the churchyard wall and the little bridge across the stream.

Reference SH/L10 - Gough's Antiquities of Myddle - By Richard Gough - 1700
You will note that I have preserved the Old English spellings.

MYDDLE LORDSHIP
This Lordship is a greate part of the Parish of Myddle, and therefore I will write something of it. This Lord Strange that was the owner of Myddle, and also of Knockin, Nes Strange and Ellesmere, came into England with King William the Conqueror, (as some Chronicles relate) and to him the the Conqueror gave these Lordships. As to his name, Strange, wee take a tradition that the first of that name was found in an Eagle's nest, and therefore, called Strange. Whether this were soe or not, I cannot say: but this I know, the Lords Strange gave the Eagle and Child in swadling cloathes for theire Coate of Armes, which perhaps might give a occasion for that conjecture.

I suppose that all the Lands in this Lordship, did at first belong to the Lords Strange, for I have seene the antient deeds of most free holders in this Lordship, and amongst every man's deeds, the first grant was from the Lord Strange, by the name of Johannes Extraneus, Dominu de Myddle, soe that the name John seems to have beene long if not all along the Christian name of the Lords Strange. He gave some lands to servants, pro bono servicio, and some Chaplaines, still reserving a certaine yearly rent and an Herriott. The Herriott reserved in a servants grant, was optimum telum, but from Chaplaines the Herriott was named as an Arrow, a Bowe, or a Speare. There are now in this Manor about thirteen freeholders but for a few yeares past there was not soe many; for of late yeares, some large tenements have beene sold by parcells to several persons which has increased the number of freeholders. As the breaking of a great post herd makes many little ones I lately saw one grant of the Lord Strange wherein noe herriott was preserved, but money in lieu.

Mr Cabden sayes, the Lord Strange came into England in Edward the Third's time and because he was a Stranger, therefore he was called Lord Strange, but that was the Lord Strange of Blake-meare, which lyes in the border of this county neare Cheshire. The lie of that Lord Strange ended in an heire female who married the Lord Audley, to whose successors I believe the manor of Blake-meare still belongs.

The family of the Lords Strange was owner of this Manor of Myddle about 420 yeares, and dureing the Reigne of eighteen kings, butt in the reigne of Henry 7th (issue male failing) Joane, the daughter and heire, was married unto Sir Georg Stanley, who by the match encreased his Estate, by the addition of soe many Lordships and his dignity, by the tythe and armes of the Lord Strange.

So there we have two families carrying the name of Strange that ceased to exist, there being no male heirs - but this is of course well known for these two families as they are chronicled in many places; just enjoy!


Subject: Valerie BOYS Shropshire Origin
Mrs Valerie BOYS (nee STRANGE) of Lewes, East Sussex, wrote to Mrs Symes (thence to Betty Judge) in 1992 that her family originated in Shropshire and that another branch originated in the South East (no details were given).


From Patrick Strange, February 2003
In a recently published railway book "The Wenlock Branch" by Ken Jones, on page 180 is a fine picture of Alfred Strange, Station Master at Rushbury 1901 to 1910. Rushbury is quite close to Church Stretton in Shropshire.

Valerie McGuffie <Vmcguffie155@aol.com> Jun 2006:
I believe my grandmother`s maiden name was Strange and a relative of  Alf Strange , author of "Me Dad`s The Village Blacksmith" and "Blacksmith to Briefcase"; Alf came from the hamlet of Welsh Frankton.


From Ann Hentschel, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada <ann316{at}teksavvy{dot}com>   26 Feb 2005
I was recently given a page from THIS ENGLAND, Spring, 1984 and there was an article about Shropshire's ALF STRANGE.

"Mr. W.D. Clough, of Whittington, near Oswestry in Shropshire, wrote in to nominate the village blacksmith at Welsh Frankton - Mr. Alf Strange. A "man of iron" for more than 40 years now, Mr. Strange has followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather - all blacksmiths in the same village - and has reconstructed the early Victorian smithy of his forbears at his home, only 200 yards from its original site, down to the last detail - coke burning furnace, anvil and original tools. Throughout the year parties of children from schools all over the country as well as casual visitors are warmly invited to watch a practical demonstration of the blacksmith's ancient skills, with all proceeds going to the coronary care unit of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Last year Alf published a book entitled "Me Dad's the Village Blacksmith", a fascinating account of his boyhood between the wars and a look at life in and around the smithy which was the focal point of every village community. The book has become a local best-seller, and Alf has donated all his profits so far received (2,000) to the hospital fund. Despite suffering a heart attack himself, Mr. Strange continues to travel all over the region giving talks to various groups and clubs, and delights in the many letters he receives from schoolchildren fascinated by their visit to his forge."

There is a photo of Alf Strange with the article. I would be happy to scan it to anyone interested.


From Ian Jolly <ian@uax.org.uk> Jan 2006
Three familes: Click to download Ian's GEDCOM file
or view the outline descendant trees below:
Family 1
1 William Strange c1761 -
  + Mary Rowson c1765 -
   2 Joseph Strange (Dudleston) c1790 - 1854
    + Sarah Thomas (Dudleston) 1802 - 1879
     3 John Strange (Dudleston) 1827 - 1894
        + Jane ???? (Llangong) 1839 -
Birthplace is probably Llangynog, Montgomeryshire (now Powys) which makes the marriage
John Strange to Jane Davies Q1 1862, Wrexham RD, Vol 11b Page 425 quite possible)
.......   4 Sarah Strange (Dudleston) 1862 -
.......   4 Mary Ann Strange (Dudleston) 1867 -
.......   4 Joseph Strange (Dudleston) 1878 -
.......   4 Jane Strange (Dudleston) 1880 - 1889
.......   4 John Strange (Dudleston) 1880 -
.     3 Sarah Strange (Ellesmere) 1829 -
.     3 James Strange (Ellesmere) 1831 - 1834
     3 Joseph Strange (Ellesmere) 1832 -
        + Ellen ???? 1830 - 1890
.......   4 John Strange (Dudleston) 1852 -
          + Jane ???? (Melverley) 1858 -
......        5 Edith A Strange (Cressage) 1878 -
......        5 Jane Strange (Kinnerley) 1881 -
.     3 Marianne Strange (Ellesmere) 1834 -
.     3 Elizabeth Strange (Dudleston) 1836 -
.     3 James Strange (Ellesmere) 1838 - 1840
.     3 Thomas Strange (Ellesmere) 1841 - 1908
        + Annie Hughes (Gobowen) 1849 - 1935
......   4 Mary Ann Strange (Ellesmere) 1871 -
.......   4 Sarah Strange (Ellesmere) 1873 -
.......   4 Alice Strange (Ellesmere) 1875 -
.......   4 Edith Strange (Ellesmere) 1877 -
.......   4 Eliza Strange (Ellesmere) 1880 -
.......   4 Joseph Strange c1885 -
.......   4 Samuel Strange 1889 -
.......   4 James Strange 1891 -
.......   4 Ellen Strange 1893 - 1945
            + Robert Williams 1895 - 1961
.     3 Samuel Strange (Dudleston) 1843 -
Family 2
1 William Strange c1761 -
  + Elizabeth - 1838
    2 John Strange (Ellesmere) 1786 - 1821
    2 Samuel Strange (Ellesmere) 1787 -
    2 William Strange (Ellesmere) 1792 -
    2 Thomas Strange (Ellesmere) 1794 - 1872
      + Ann ???? c1795 -
...     3 Pamela Strange (Ellesmere) 1825 - 1825
...     3 Sarah Strange (Ellesmere) 1829 -
    2 James Strange (Ellesmere) 1798 - 1881
      + Ann Drury 
...     3 Elizabeth Strange (Ellesmere) 1821 - 1821
...     3 James Strange (Ellesmere) 1827 - 1828
...     3 Ambrose Strange (Ellesmere) 1831 -
.         + Hannah Hewson (Chester) 1841 -
.........   4 Ellen Strange (Chester) 1875 -
...     3 David Strange (Ellesmere) 1834 - 1834
...     3 Mary Strange (Ellesmere) 1840 -
.......   4 James Strange (Dudleston) 1853 -
            + Mary J. Murphy (Ireland)
...     3 Martha Strange (Ellesmere) 1840 -
    2 Elizabeth Strange (Ellesmere) 1802 -
Family 3
1 Roger Strange   1653 -
  + ????     
... 2 John Strang (Ellesmere) 1676 -
....2 Roger Strange (Ellesmere) 1680 -
....2 Elizabeth Strange (Ellesmere) 1681 -
....2 Jane Strange (Ellesmere) 1687 -
....2 Roger Strange (Ellesmere) 1690 -
......+ Mary ???? 
........3 John Strange (Dudleston) 1719 -
........3 David Strange (Dudleston) 1721 -
..........+ Elizabeth Allin 
............4 Mary Strange (Dudleston) 1752 -
............. + Charles Acres c1750 -
........... 4 John Strange (Dudleston) 1755 -
........... 4 Martha Strange (Dudleston) 1757 -
...........   +Thomas Shone c 1755 -
........... 4 ??? Strange (Dudleston) 1759 -
.......  3 Roger Strange (Dudleston) 1724 -
.......  3 James Strange (Dudleston) 1727 -
.......    + Sarah Price 
...........  4 James Strange (Dudleston) 1752 - 1826
...........    + Jane Strange c 1761 -
............     5 William Strange (Dudleston) 1779 -
............     5 Sarah Strange (Dudleston) 1781 -
...........  4 David Strange (Ellesmere) 1754 - 1821
...........    + Sarah Wiston 1762 -
............     5 Mary Strange (Dudleston) 1790 -
.................5 David Strange (Ellesmere) 1792 - 1870
...................+ Ann ????(Sellatyn) 1811 - 1893
.................... 6 David Strange (Manchester) (Ellesmere) 1834 -
.....................  + Jane Jones (Manchester) 1835 -
.........................7 Mary Ellen (Strange Liverpool) 1863 -
.........................7 Jane Strange Liverpool) 1871 - 1871
                       Note: Jane Jones (Manchester) was previously married to John *Mackrell
(1830 - 1859, they had a daughter Ellen *Mackrell (1855 - 1927)
                             Ian said,"My link is Ellen Mackrell whose mother re-married
                             Ellen Mackrell brought my father up when he was orphaned IN WW1
                             and he still remembers her." David Strange moved from Dudleston
                             to Liverpool between 1851 and 1861 where he worked in a hotel;
                             He married my great great grandmother.
.................... 6 John Strange (Dudleston) 1836 - 1867
....................   + Sarah Woolham 1841 -
...................  6 William Strange (Dudleston) 1838 -
....................   + Mary Ann Strange (Bersham) 1851 -
......................   7 William (Wrexham) Strange 1864 -
......................   7 Thomas Strange (Wrexham) 1871 -
......................   7 Henry Strange (Wrexham) 1873 -
......................   7 Sarah Ann (Wrexham) Strange c 1878 -
.................... 6 Elizabeth Strange (Dudleston) 1839 -
.................... 6 Ellen Strange (Dudleston) 1842 -
.....................6 Mary Ann Strange (Dudleston) 1843 -
.....................6 James Strange (Dudleston) 1847 - 1871
.....................6 George Strange (Dudleston) 1851 - 1880
.................5 James Strange (Dudleston) 1796 - 1798
.................5 John Strange (Dudleston) 1799 -
                   + Sarah ???? c1797 - 1879
                     6 John Strange (Ellesmere) 1817 - 1818
                    .6 George Strange (Ellesmere) 1819 - 
                       George Strange b1819 Ellersmere, moved to Liverpool and had married by
                       the time of the 1881 census. He lived in the next street to Ellen
                       Mackrell. At the time I was looking for a Jane married to a 
                       ??? Strange. I found him and got lead up a garden path but eventually
                       found the correct one. The online 1881 census at www.familysearch.org
shows him as being born in 'Eleore' which should should read
'Ellesmere'  - don't believe everything you read!
 ..........            + Jane ???? (Liverpool) 1821 -
                     6 John (Ellesmere) Strange 1821 -
.................5 Elizabeth Strange (Dudleston) 1801 - 1817
.................5 Martha Strange (Dudleston) 1803 -
.................5 Helen Mary Strange (Dudleston) 1805 -
.................5 Mary Strange (Dudleston) 1809 -
.............4 Joseph Strange (Ellesmere) 1757 -
.............4 Mary Strange (Ellesmere) 1757 -
.............4 Sarah Strange (Ellesmere) 1763 -
.............4 John Strange (Ellesmere) 1766 - 1831
.........3 William Strange (Dudleston) 1731 -
...........+ Mary Hughes 
.............4 William Strange (Dudleston) 1761 -
.............4 Roger Strange (Dudleston) 1763 -
.............4 Edward Strange (Dudleston) 1765 -
.............4 John Strange (Dudleston) 1768 -
.............  + Mary Rogers c 1770 -
.............4 Elizabeth Strange (Dudleston) 1771 -
.............  5 John Strange (Ellesmere) 1791 -
.............4 Margtt Strange (Dudleston) 1773 -
.............  + Richard Edwards c 1770 -
..........   4 Sarah Strange (Dudleston) 1777 -
.........3 Joseph Strange (Dudleston) 1734 -
.........3 Mary Strange (Dudleston) 1737 -
.......... + Samuel Rogers c1735 -
....2 Margret Strange (Ellesmere) 1693 -

Heather Olsen <hlolsen@yahoo.com> said in Jan 2006:
Dr. William Strange and his family moved to Bridgnorth in the 1840s, then went to Worcester in the 1850s. His son, Dr. Arthur Strange, was medical superintendent of the lunatic asylum in Bicton Heath near Shrewsbury from 1873-1901. If you should happen to run across any records relating to them, I'd appreciate it if you would pass them on.