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Lapley, Staffordshire

Historical Description

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.

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 parishLapley All Saints 
Poor Law unionPenkridge 

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 Lapley

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 Lapley 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 Lapley 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

Wheaton Aston
DistrictSouth Staffordshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtST19
Post TownStafford