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Elford, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Elford, a village and a parish in Staffordshire, on the river Tame, and on the verge of the county, 4½ miles ENE of Lichfield, and 5 N of Tamworth. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office under Tamworth, and a station, jointly with Haselour, on the M.R. Acreage, 2024; population, 373. The manor belonged before the Conquest to Earl Algar; passed to the Crown; went to successively the Ardemes, the Stanleys, Howards, and others. Elford Hall, the chief residence, was a frequent resort of Edward IV. for hunting, and gave lodging for a night to Henry VIL when on his way to Bosworth. The grounds connected with it contain two barrows. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; gross value, £300 with residence. The church is ancient; was restored in 1872; and contains several fine altar tombs and other monuments.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishElford St. Peter 
Poor Law unionLichfield 

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

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Elford

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 Elford from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Elford are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtB79
Post TownTamworth