Wellington in 1841
Wellington is situated in the hundred of South Bradford, near the base of the Wrekin, and in the populous district of the iron-mines and coal-pits. The number of persons in this parish in 1831 was 9,671. Here Charles I, in 1642, on his route from Nottingham to Shrewsbury, collected his troops, and in order to prevent the growing disaffection amongst them, declared that he would support the reformed religion, govern by law, uphold the privileges of parliament, and preserve the liberty of the subject.
The town is neat in its appearance, and has an excellent market on Thursday and a fair every month. The church is a handsome modern structure.
In 1831 1,011 men were employed in coal and lime pits in this parish.
The living is a vicarage with the rectory of Eyton united, with a net income of £842. There are thirteen day-schools, in eleven of which the instruction is at the expense of the parents, the other two are supported by subscription and small endowment ; nine Sunday-schools, two connected with the established Church, three with Methodists, two with Baptists, and two with Independents, and all supported by voluntary contributions.