Hints (St. Bartholomew)
HINTS (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Tamworth, S. division of the hundred of Offlow and of the county of Stafford, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Tamworth; containing 213 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1831a. 3r. 12p., of which three-fourths are arable, and the remainder, with the exception of about 58 acres of woodland, meadow and pasture. Its surface is beautifully diversified with hills, some of which are finely wooded, and the lower grounds are watered by a clear rivulet, which flows through the centre of the parish; the soil is generally a rich loam, and the prevailing timber is oak and ash of luxuriant growth. The estate is the property of W. H. Cawley Floyer, Esq.: the mansion of the family has been enlarged by the present proprietor. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £80; patron, the Bishop of Lichfield; appropriators, the Dean and Chapter. The church is a modern structure in the Grecian style, and, from its situation, is a picturesque object in the scenery. A small school was founded, and is supported, by the Floyer family. Canwell was formerly distinguished for a priory, founded by Gever Riddle in 1142, for Benedictine monks, and which was one of those establishments assigned to Cardinal Wolsey, towards the erection and endowment of his intended colleges. On Hints Common, in 1792, a pig of lead was discovered, weighing 150lbs., on which was inscribed, in bas-relief, "imp. vesp. vii. t. imp. v. cos."