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Gnosall, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Gnosall, a village and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands on the river Eowley, adjacent to the Birmingham and Liverpool Canal, 6½ miles WSW of Stafford, and has a station on the L. & N.W.R., a post, money order, and telegraph office under Stafford, and fairs on 7 May and 23 Sept. The parish includes the hamlets of Auldmore, Knight-ley, Befcote, Coton, Cowley, Plardiwick, Apeton, Bromstead, Chatwell, Coley, Ootwood, and Wilbrighton, the last five forming the ecclesiastical parish of Moreton. Acreage, 10,007; population of the civil parish, 2067; of the ecclesiastical, 1518. Knightley Grange and Auldmore House are the chief residences. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the chapelry of Knightley, in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £230 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is partly Norman, partly of later dates, and contains an ancient altar-tomb. - There is a chapel of ease at Knightley, and a Primitive Methodist chapel at Colon. The vicarage 'of Moreton is a separate benefice.

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 parishGnosall St. Lawrence 
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 Gnosall

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Gnosall 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 Gnosall 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

Coton (Gnossal)
Great and Little Chatwell
Moreton (Gnossal)
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtST20
Post TownStafford