Mucklestone, a village and a township in Staffordshire, and a parish partly also in Salop. The village lies near the river Tern at the boundary with Salop, 1½ mile E of Norton-in-Hales station on the North Staffordshire railway, and 4 NE of Market Drayton. The parish contains also the townships of Aston, Knighton, Oakley, and Winnington in Staffordshire, and the townships of Woore, Bearstone, Dorrington, and Gravenhauger in Salop. There is a post and money order office at Knighton, under Market Drayton; telegraph office, Norton-in-Hales. Acreage of the Staffordshire portion, 4252; population, 709. Acreage of the Salop portion, 4457; population, 830. Population of the ecclesiastical parish of Mucklestone, 669; of that of Woore, 870. The manor belonged anciently to the Morgans, and belongs now to Lord Crewe. Oakley Hall is the chief residence, and stands in an extensive park. Good building stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £640. Patron, Lord Houghton. The church was rebuilt in 1883, but retains a previous tower, from which Margaret of Anjou in 1459 witnessed the defeat of the Royalists on Bloreheath. A memorial window to Queen Margaret adorns the tower. The vicarage of Woore is a separate benefice. There is a Wesleyan chapel near Aston.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Muckleston St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Drayton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Mucklestone from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Muckleston, or Muxon (St. Mary))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.
Online maps of Mucklestone 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
Villages, Hamlets, &cAston (Mucklestone)