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Canwell, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Canwell, formerly extra-parochial, now a parish, in Staffordshire, on the verge of the county, 5 miles SW of Tarnworth, which is the post town; money order and telegraph office, Sutton Coldfield. Acreage, 347; population, 78. Cauwell Hall is the seat of the Foster family. A Benedictine priory was founded here in 1142 by Geva, daughter of Hugh Lupus, and given at the dissolution to Cardinal Wolsey; a few traces still remain.

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 unionTamworth 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Canwell 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

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