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Hatherton, Staffordshire

Historical Description

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."

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 
Civil parishWolverhampton 
Poor Law unionPenkridge 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hatherton 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 Hatherton 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:

DistrictSouth Staffordshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtWS11
Post TownCannock