A Short History of Madeley – Timeline

727

First recorded mention of Madeley — land acquired by Lady Milburga, founder of Wenlock Abbey.

1086

Madeley mentioned in Domesday Book, valued at 50 Shillings (a place called Brimidgham was worth 4 Shillings and 6 pence!).

1250

First mention of coal mining in Madeley — Phillip de Benthal granted rights to mine by Prior of Much Wenlock Abbey.

1269

Madeley becomes a town — Henry III grants Charter for weekly market and annual fair.

1540

Sir Basil Brooke buys Madeley Court for £946 3s. 8d.

1570 – 1670

Ten-fold increase in population — vast expansion of coal, iron and clay industries

1651

After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, the future King Charles II hides in becomes Vicar of Madeley. Fletcher, born Jean Guillaume de la Flechère in Switzerland, was a close friend of John Wesley, one of the, who regularly preached in Madeley.

1810

Birth of John Randall, author of the well known “History of Madeley”. As well as a historian, Randall was also a china painter, postmaster, printer and local councillor. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society for his study of the local coal measures. He died in 1910 at the age of 100.

1826

Madeley China Works founded by Thomas Martin Randall, uncle of John Randall. Madeley China was said to rival Sèvres for quality.

1832

An epidemic of Cholera reaches Madeley, the first case occurring on a barge at Coalport. At its height victims were buried in a mass grave (the grassed area at the front of )

1841

opens on Court Street — the only known Methodist chapel to be named after an Anglican clergyman.

1852

Madeley Gas Works opens on a site at Hills Lane — “Owned by the inhabitants of the town”. — Madeley Market Station in Station Road closed to passenger traffic in 1953.

1864

A disaster at the Brick Kiln Leasowes Pit (near present-day Woodside) causes the deaths of nine miners when the winding rope became detached. The youngest killed were aged 12, 13, 14 and 14, you can see their grave in Madeley Churchyard.

1869

Theopens — the decorative turned woodwork was the work of “Stumpy” Brown, who lost both his arms after using a horn full of blasting powder to poke the fire at the Madeley Wood Company’s offices!
He also became a schoolmaster and pub landlord.

1870

The Market Hall opens — it later became a nut and bolt works before its rebuilding and re-opening in 1998 as the the Madeley Parish Council building.

1894

opens on Park Street in a converted Methodist Chapel. It was subsequently known as “The West End” and “The Regent”.

1932

The opening of Ironbridge Power Station brings electricity to Madeley.

1963

Construction of Dawley New Town announced (later to be known as Telford as the result of a competition in the “Shropshire Star”).

1967

The first houses completed on Sutton Hill, ready for a visit from the Queen on March 17th.

1969

Madeley Shopping Centre opens (only the Anstice Club was left standing when TDC demolished the historic core of Madeley). Read all about

1998

Jubilee House opens as the new home of Madeley Parish Council.