In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Penley like this:
PENLEY, a township-chapelry in Ellesmere parish, Flint; adjacent to Salop, 4 miles N by E of Ellesmere r.station. It ha a post-office under Shrewsbury. Acres, 2,036. Real property, £2, 950. Pop., 382. Houses, 91. The property is much subdivided. P. Hall is a chief residence. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £120.* Patron, the Vicar of Ellesmere. The church is good; and there is a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Penley, in Wrexham and Flintshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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