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Maer, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Maer, a village and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands near a lake of about 25 acres, the source of the river Tern, 1½ mile S by W of Whitmore station on the L. & N.W.R., and 6¼ miles SW of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and has a post office under Newcastle-under-Lyme; money order and telegraph office, Whitmore. The parish contains also the hamlets of Maer Heath and Maerway Lane. Acreage, 2750; population, 389. The parish council under the Local Government Act, 1894, consists of seven members. Maer Hall is the chief residence. Much of the land was wild moor, but has been enclosed and partly planted. Sandstone, for rough building, is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £115 with residence. The church was mainly rebuilt in 1610 and restored in 1880, and contains an altar-tomb of 1604 for Sir John Bowyer and his wife. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishMaer St. Peter 
Poor Law unionNewcastle-under-Lyme 

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

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 Maer from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtST5
Post TownNewcastle