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Hanbury, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Hanbury, a village, a township, and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands on an eminence near the river Dove and the boundary with Derbyshire, 2½ miles SSE of Sudbury station on the North Staffordshire railway, and 7 NW by W of Burton-upon-Trent; commands a pleasant view of the heights of Derbyshire, and has a post and money order office under Burton-upon-Trent; telegraph office. New-borough. The township includes the hamlets of Hanbury Woodend, Coton, and Fauld. Acreage, 3288; population, 631. The parish contains also the township of Draycott-in-the-Clay, with the hamlets of Moreton and Stubby Lane. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 1122. The townships of Marchington (population, 526), Marchington Woodlands (population, 319), andNewborough (population, 579) are now separate ecclesiastical parishes. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A nunnery was founded here about 680 by Ethelred, king of Mercia, and put under the government of his sister, St Werbnrgh, who was buried and enshrined in it, but on the invasion of the Danes in 875 her body was removed to Chester, and the nunnery destroyed. There are gypsum quarries and mines. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; gross value, £405. Patron,. The Bishop of Lichfield. The church is ancient, was restored in 1849, and contains several ancient tombs and a Norman font; the chancel was rebuilt in 1862, and has a memorial window to the late Prince Consort.

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 parishHanbury St. James 
Poor Law unionBurton-upon-Trent 

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 Hanbury

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 Hanbury from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Coton or Coton in the Clay
Draycott in the Clay
Hanbury Woodend
Marchington Woodlands
DistrictEast Staffordshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDE13
Post TownBurton-On-Trent