Lapley, a township and a parish in Staffordshire. The township lies 1 mile E of the Birmingham and Liverpool Canal, 1½ N of Watling Street, and 3½ miles WSW of Penk-ridge. It has a post office under Stafford; money order and telegraph office, Brewood. The parish contains also the township of Wheaton Aston. Acreage, 3542; population, 767. A Black priory was founded here, in the time of Edward the Confessor, by Algar, Earl of Mercia, as a cell to St Remigius Abbey at Eheims, was transferred by Henry V. to Tong College in Salop, and went at the Reformation to Sir Richard Manners. Some remains still exist and form part of four buildings. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Wheaton Aston, in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £148 with residence. The church is large, was originally cruciform, and has Norman portions; it was almost destroyed in the Civil War, and was restored in 1857. A chapel of ease and Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels are at Wheaton Aston.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Lapley All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Penkridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Lapley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Lapley (All Saints))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.
Online maps of Lapley 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:
- Staffordshire Advertiser
- Tamworth Herald
- Lichfield Mercury
- Staffordshire Sentinel
- Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser