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Norton in the Moors, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Norton-in-the Moors, a township and a parish in North Staffordshire. The township lies on the Cauldon Canal, at Ford Green station on the Biddulph branch of the North Staffordshire railway, and has a station at Milton on the Leek branch of the same railway, 2 miles NE of Burslem, 5 from Stoke-on-Trent, and 7 from Leek. It has a post and money order office under Stoke-upon-Trent; telegraph office, Ford Green railway station. The parish comprises the township of Bemersley and the hamlets of Brown Edge, Ford Green, Ball Green, Norton Green, Milton, and Smallthorae. Acreage, 4141; population of the civil parish, 9919; of the ecclesiastical, 2007. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. It also sends four members to the rural district council. The parish contains also the ecclesiastical parishes of Brown Edge (constituted in 1844; population, 1052), Smallthorne (constituted in 1859; population, 5279), and part of that of Milton (constituted in 1865; population, 2282). The land is hilly and bleak, but the substrata are rich in minerals. There are collieries and ironworks. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £350 with residence. Patron, Lord Norton. The church was rebuilt in 1738. The vicarages of Smallthorne, Brown Edge, and Milton are separate benefices. There are Baptist, Congregational, 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 parishNorton-on-the-Moors St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionLeek 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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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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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Ford Green
Norton Green