Hatherton, a village and a township in Gailey-cum-Hatherton ecclesiastical parish, Wolverhampton parish, Staffordshire, 2 miles W of Cannock and 3 SE of Penkridge. Post town, Cannock, under Stafford. Acreage, 2015; population, 468. It gives the title of Baron to the family of Littleton. Hatherton Hall is the chief residence. The church was built in 1864. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The ancient inn at Four Crosses (date 1636) is picturesque and interesting. The following inscription is carved on an oak beam over one of the windows:- " Pleres si scires unum tna tempera mensem Rides cum non sit fasitan una dies."
Dean Swift stayed at this inn, and scratched the following distich on a window pane with his diamond King:- " Fool, to hang up Four Crosses at your door; Hang up your wife, she's crasser than the four."
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Penkridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hatherton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Hatherton)
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.
Online maps of Hatherton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Staffordshire newspapers online: