Checkley (St. Mary and All Saints)

CHECKLEY (St. Mary and All Saints), a parish, in the union of Cheadle, S. division of the hundred of Totmonslow, N. division of the county of Stafford, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Cheadle; containing, with part of Foxt, 2322 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 6034 acres, whereof 4700 are meadow and pasture, about 850 arable, and 390 woodland: the soil is of a fertile quality. The parish is in three divisions, namely, Tean, Madeley-Holme, and Foxt; the village of Checkley, which is seated on the north side of the river Tean, is in the first-named division. Beamhurst, Deadman's-Green, and Fole are hamlets in the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £20. 2. 6.; net income, £576; patron and incumbent, the Rev. William Hutchinson: there is a glebe of considerable value. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower: the porch and an early English arch leading to the interior are worthy of notice; there is some painted glass, also a very handsome Saxon font, and a marble tomb with recumbent figures to Sir Jeffrey Foljambe. In the churchyard are three crosses, or pyramidal stones, said to have been erected to the memory of three bishops who fell in a battle between the Saxons and Danes. At Tean is a separate incumbency. Attached to the church is a Sunday school.—See Tean.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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