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Forton, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Forton or Forton and Mere, a parish in Staffordshire, on a branch of the Birmingham and Liverpool Canal, contiguous to Salop, and about 1 mile NNE of Newport, Salop. It includes the hamlets of Sutton, Meertown, and Warton, and the post, money order, and telegraph office is at Newport. Acreage, 3529 of land and 217 of water; population, 576. Aqualate Hall, the seat of the lord of the manor, is a handsome mansion situated in a well-wooded deer park. Aqualate Mere is an extensive lake adjoining the park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; tithe commuted at £450 with residence. The church is ancient, and contains a tomb of the 17th century.

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 parishForton All Saints 
Poor Law unionNewport 

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 Forton

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 Forton 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 Forton 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtTF10
Post TownNewport