There were individual
Roman Catholics in the parish at various dates
between 1614 and 1772 but there is no evidence of
a long-standing recusant family or community;
the rector claimed in 1772 that no one had been
'perverted' recently. (fn. 2)
Humphrey Chambers, a Presbyterian minister
who had been a schoolmaster in Wellington in the
1630s, (fn. 3) was living in Stirchley in 1648. (fn. 4) George
Arden, rector c. 1655-1715, conformed in 1662
and kept his living but may nevertheless have
been sympathetic to the nonconformist cause, for
he received and helped Jonathan Lovel, the
ejected curate of Alveley, in 1667. (fn. 5) There were no
dissenters in the parish in 1676 and c. 1695, (fn. 6) nor
were any recorded in the 18th century. (fn. 7)
In 1811 a house in Stirchley was registered for
worship by Methodists, (fn. 8) and by 1813 the Wesleyan group at Kemberton and Stirchley had
weekly preaching on the Shrewsbury circuit. (fn. 9) In
the earlier 19th century the group met at Holmer
Farm, 'where they preached in the granary from a
cornbin, with a side saddle for a pulpit cushion'. (fn. 10)
Unable to buy land for a chapel in Stirchley, they
acquired a plot just outside the parish on the road
to Dawley; Stirchley Wesleyan Chapel was built
there and was registered for worship in 1854. (fn. 11)
There was a Primitive Methodist class meeting in
Stirchley in the early 1860s. (fn. 12)
In 1972 a Methodist-owned pastoral centre was
opened in the Brookside housing estate and in
1980 it was used jointly by Methodists and Anglicans, services being taken by clergy of each
denomination alternately. (fn. 13) In 1976 provision was
made for the new All Saints' church at Stirchley
district centre to be shared by the Anglican and
Roman Catholic congregations. (fn. 14)
In 1980 the former parish rooms adjoining the
Old Rectory were used by the Telford 1st Christian Spiritualist Church, which had acquired the
premises the previous year. (fn. 15)
||L.J.R.O., B/A/12(i), f. 93; B/V/1/29; B/V/5, visit. return
of 1772; W.S.L., H.M. 36.
||L.J.R.O., B/V/1/57, 62.
Calamy Revised, ed. A. G. Matthews, 556.
T.S.A.S. 2nd ser. i. 85; W.S.L., H.M. 36.
||L.J.R.O., B/V/5, visit. return of 1772; S.R.O. 3916/1/1.
||P.R.O., RG 31/7, Salop. no. 287; Orders of Q. Sess. iii.
||S.P.L., C 98.7 v.f., Shrews. circuit plan.
Salopian and W. Midland Monthly Illustr. Jnl. Dec.
||G.R.O., Worship Reg. no. 1739.
||S.R.O. 2533/130, 9 June 1862; 14 Mar. 1864.
||G.R.O., Worship Reg. no. 73276; Lich. Dioc. Regy.,
bps.' reg. Y, p. 185; Rayska, Dev. of Stirchley; inf. from the
Revd. C. Hill.
||Lich. Dioc. Regy., episc. reg. 43, p. 163; bps.' reg. Y,
||Inf. from the Revd. C. Hill.