Anne Harley: one step back in time

Most days I check Ancestry to see if anything new is available, for example DNA links, or Shared Ancestor Hints, or, as in this case, a hint that some records are available that relate to Anne Harley, my fifth great grandmother.

At that point all I knew about Anne was the name and her marriage to William Medlicott, which implied that she had been born about 1730 at Beckjay, a hamlet just south of Clungunford, Shropshire.  The hint meant I could identify her parents.

I found:  “Ann the Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Harly, was baptised March the 17th.

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The Register book of Clungunford for the year of Our Lord 1730.

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From the parish register for Clungunford, Shropshire,

So, on this line, my sixth great grandparents were Thomas and Elizabeth Harly.  To this I can add their wedding, which took place on 4 May 1723, at Bromfield, Shropshire.

tho harley m eliz collins 1723
Tho: Harley of ye Parish of Barrow & Eliz: Collins of ye Parish of Shipton were Married by License May ye 4th

It might be possible to find baptisms of Thomas and Elizabeth in the parishes shown, but that is for another day.  I am thinking that the license was needed because one or both was not of full age, or that Elizabeth’s father did not approve.

Bromfield is a small village on the River Teme, between Ludlow and Craven Arms.  In my cycling years I passed though this place many times, but I really have no recollection.  Still, the parish church remains, as does the corn mill.

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Bromfield, Shropshire. Ordnance Survey. Surveyed 1883 to 1884, published 1884. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Bromfield corn mill
The old corn mill, Bromfield, Shropshire. Geograph. Copyright Chris Allen. Creative Commons.

The caption on Geograph:

Still contains a water turbine but thieves have stripped out doors and floors. The rebuilt stone weir in the foreground will channel water to a new archimedean screw generator to be installed behind as one of two new hydropower schemes on this stretch of the Teme.

More about the old corn mill here.

Note:  I blogged about the Ancient House of Medlicott, but there is another place named Medlicott near Aston on Clun, about 3 miles west of Craven Arms.

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