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Madeley, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Madeley, a village, a township, and a parish in Staffordshire. The village of Great Madeley stands 1¾ mile E of the meeting-point with Salop and Cheshire, and 5½ miles W by S of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and has stations on the L. & N.W. and North Staffordshire railways, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newcastle-under-Lyme. The township contains also the hamlets of Little Madeley and Leycett, both of which have post offices. The parish contains also the township of Onneley, and comprises 5864 acres; population, 2904. The parish council, under the Local Government Act, 1894, consists of eleven members. Madeley Manor, a fine timber house now in ruins, was the seat of the Offley family, one of whom, Sir Thomas Offley, was lord mayor of London in 1536. Izaak Walton dedicated his " Compleat Angler " to Sir John Offley, another member of the family. The present Madeley Manor is a good modern mansion. The land is hilly and well wooded. Coal is worked, brickmaking is carried on, and nails are made. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £160 with residence. The church is mainly Perpendicular, with a Transition Norman N arcade, and was restored in 1872. It contains monuments of the Offley and Egerton families, and has several modern memorial stained glass windows, chiefly of the Offley, Crewe, and Daltry families. A school was endowed under the will of Sir John Offley in 1646. There are mission churches at Madeley Heath, Leycett, and Onneley; and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishMadeley All Saints 
Poor Law unionNewcastle-under-Lyme 

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 Madeley

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 Madeley 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 Madeley 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

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtCW3
Post TownCrewe