Kidsgrove, or Kidcrew

KIDSGROVE, or Kidcrew, a considerable village, in the townships of Brieryhurst and Ranscliffe, parish of Wolstanton, union of Wolstanton and Burslem, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill and of the county of Stafford, 2 miles (N. by W.) from Tunstall, on the main road to Liverpool and Manchester. This place is occupied almost wholly by the numerous workmen employed by Thomas Kinnersly, Esq., in his colliery and iron-works here, connected with which latter he has recently erected several blast-furnaces for smelting the ore, in which the neighbourhood abounds: in a mill and forge the iron is manufactured into a finished state. A short distance from Kidsgrove is Clough Hall, the seat of Mr. Kinnersly, in the avenue leading to which, and in the peaceful seclusion of surrounding woods, that gentleman has erected a church for the accommodation of his family, and numerous tenants and dependants, as also the neighbouring population. The church is a brick edifice, with a tower furnished with six bells and a clock: the inside is chaste and elegant, having a west gallery in which is an organ; there are 600 sittings. Near it, on the south side, is a handsome parsonage-house, and on the north-east side a large building in the cottage style, for a Sunday school, where 500 children are instructed; these buildings have been completed at the expense of the founder of the church, by whom the school is supported. In the vicinity of Kidsgrove, the tunnels of Harecastle, by which the Grand Trunk canal is carried in two collateral channels a distance of 2880 yards, terminate northwards under Harecastle Hill.

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

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