BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

The Burgum family history society is a member of the Guild of one name studies and researches the names
BURGUM
and BURGHAM

Eardington, Shropshire

Several generations of Burgums of the "JJ" family tree, lived in or near Eardington, Shropshire.

EARDINGTON in the county of Shropshire, is the site of the half-mile long Eardington Forge Canal, which connected the forges to the River Severn. It was opened in 1782 and closed in 1889. Below is a picture of the Upper Forge waterfall or weir. The two Upper Forge and the Lower Forge were connected by the underground canal. Little remains of the industrial buildings - the iron works, the two forges or the canel system itself. Daniels Mill grinded flour at Eardington.

A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, (7th edition), published in 1848 stated that -
EARDINGTON, a township, in the parish of Quatford, union of Bridgnorth, hundred of Stottesden, S. division of Salop, 2 miles (S. by E.) from Bridgnorth; containing 349 inhabitants. Iron-works have been established. The impropriate tithes of the township have been commuted for a yearly rent-charge of £224. 10., with a glebe of 7 acres.

John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, published in 1870-72, stated that -
EARDINGTON, a township, with a railway station, in Quatford parish, Salop; on the Severn river and the Severn Valley railway, 1-½ mile S of Bridgnorth. Acres, 1, 301. Real property, £5, 876; of which £100 are in quarries, £100 in mines, and £120 in iron-works. Population - 370. Houses - 76. A stoppage of coal and brickworks here occasioned a decrease of about one-fourth of the population between 1851 and 1861.

Upper Forge waterfall - geograph.org.uk - 1038604

John Burgum, son of Henry Burgum, was born in Eardington in about 1796. He became an engineer and millwright. His son, also called John Burgum, was an apprentice clock-face artist and emigrated to New England, in the USA, where he famously decorated the world-renowned Concord Stagecoaches. They were all part of the "JJ" family tree.