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Armitage, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Armitage, a parish and a village in Staffordshire, on the Trent Valley branch of the L. & N.W.R., and the Grand Trunk Canal, 5½ miles NW of Lichfield. The parish has a station on the railway, and a post office under Rugeley, which is the telegraph office. It includes the hamlet of Hansacre. Acreage, 1948; population, 1290. Hawkesyard is a fine mansion. Armitage Lodge and The Tower are other principal residences. The Grand Trunk Canal, in its course within the parish, passes through a large tunnel. The Armitage Sanitary Earthenware Works are situated here, and there is also a large brick and drain-pipe manufactory. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £262. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church stands on a rocky eminence, has a Norman doorway, and an interior handsome arch; it was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1884. There are chapels for Congregationalists and Wesleyans.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyStaffordshire 
Poor Law unionLichfield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1673.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, situated on a rocky eminence overlooking the valley of the Trent, and commanding a distant view of a portion of the forest of Charnwood, is a reproduction in stone of the old Norman church, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, restored in 1903, and containing 3 bells: most of the windows are stained and include a memorial window to the Rev. J. W. Kewley M.A. rector 1872-1903, presented in 1908 by parishioners and friends: the church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1844: there are sittings for 387 persons, 70 being free.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Armitage from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Staffordshire newspapers online:

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtWS15
Post TownRugeley