Mavesyn Ridware is a small village and civil parish in Lichfield District, England. The parish includes the villages of Hill Ridware, Rake End, Pipe Ridware and Blithbury, all of which lie between the River Trent and a small tributary, the River Blithe. Adjacent to the east is the parish of Hamstall Ridware. Mavesyn Ridware contains two notable buildings: the parish church dedicated to St Nicholas and the Gatehouse of the former ancient Manor House; the name "Mavesyn" derives from the French Malvoisin, the name of the Norman family which acquired the local estate after the Norman conquest of 1066. The church contains many monuments to members of that family, to their successors as lords of the manor, the Cawardens and the Chadwicks; the Gatehouse is timber framed with a skin of brick and stone. Dendrochronology on the timbers indicates that the building was erected in 1391–92; the village is not served by public transport, other than a minibus service to Handsacre or Rugeley, which must be booked in advance by phone or on the web.
The nearest railway station is at Rugeley. Ridware has a youth club. There is a village hall for hire. Henry Fourdrinier, paper manufacturer and inventor, spent his last years at the Old Rectory. Ashby Haslewood, first-class cricketer and educationalist, was rector of Mavesyn Ridware in 1866–77. Media related to Mavesyn Ridware at Wikimedia Commons GENUKI: Mavesyn Ridware Cannock Chase History: Mavesyn Ridware
Harlaston is a village and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. It lies on the River Mease, about 5 miles north of Tamworth. There is an Early English church, dedicated to St Matthew, a public house, the White Lion. Harlaston is a conservation area, has won the Staffordshire Best Kept Small Village award 5 times; the name Harlaston comes from Old English, means either Heoruwulf's farm or Heorulaf's farm. It has been suggested that the church is of Anglo-Saxon origin. A corn mill is mentioned in the Domesday Book; until 1845 Harlaston was a chapelry of the parish of Clifton Campville, after which date it became an independent ecclesiastical parish. In 1851 the population was 221, on about 1400 acres of land. There were 2 lords of the manor, Captain Theophilus Levett and W Chettle, though much of the land belonged to other people; the township of Harlaston became part of Tamworth Poor Law Union in 1836. In 1866 it became a civil parish in its own right, becoming part of Tamworth Rural District in 1894.
During the boundary changes of 1934, the parish was extended to incorporate Haselour, becoming part of Lichfield Rural District. In 1974 it became part of the new non-metropolitan district of Lichfield. Electorally the parish is part of Mease and Tame ward of Lichfield District, lies within the parliamentary constituency of Tamworth. Harlaston includes a number of historic buildings. Listed Grade II* is the parish church of St Matthew; the Church is built of red brick in Norman and Early English styles. There is a tower with a clock; the upper part of the tower is half-timbered – this is said to be unusual for Staffordshire. A small spire was added in the 19th century; the Manor House dates back to 1540. It is of traditional timber construction; the Homestead dates back to 1773. It was built by a harness maker, it may have once been the village pub, the Whip and Saddle. Haselour grid reference SK205108 is an ancient hamlet about a mile west of Harlaston; the name Haselour means hazel ridge. In 1851 it was described as having a population of 29 people in 5 houses, covered 570 acres.
The area was extra-parochial and the people were served by the chapel at Harlaston. For local government purposes Haselour was extra-parochial until 1858, when it became a civil parish within Lichfield Poor Law Union. In 1894 it became part of Lichfield Rural District. Listed Grade II * are its associated chapel; the manor house of Haselour Hall, with its traditional half-timbered Tudor appearance, dates back to the 16th century. The chapel dates from the 14th century, was restored in the 1880s, but is now in poor condition and is on the English Heritage at risk register; the now-closed Elford railway station was named Haselour. Staffordshire Past Track: Old images of Harlaston and Haselour Images of England: Listed structures in Harlaston
Clifton Campville is a village and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. It lies on the River Mease, about 10 miles east of the City of Lichfield, 6 miles west of Measham and 7 miles north of Tamworth; the village lies close to Staffordshire's borders with Derbyshire and Warwickshire. In 2001 the parish had a population of 764. There is a fine gothic church, dedicated to St Andrew, listed Grade I; the village pub, The Green Man, is a historic building. The first part of the name is Old English clif tun, cliff farm; the name has been recorded as Clistone. There is some evidence of pre-Saxon, or pre-historic settlement in the area; the settlement of Clistone is mentioned in Domesday Book as having 33 villagers, a priest, 11 ploughs and 2 mills. One of the mills was at Mill Farm. After the Norman Conquest the manor belonged to the king. From 1200 it was owned by the Camville family, at least until 1315. By 1700 it was in possession of the Coventry family, who sold it in that year to Sir Charles Pye, Bart.
His family still owned the manor in the person of Henry John Pye. In 1848 the parish included both Haunton and Harlaston, Chilcote in Derbyshire. Clifton itself had a population of 341, while the population of the whole parish was 921 on 6,300 acres; the core parish of Clifton and Haunton covered around 3,000 acres in 1851. Nowadays the Church of England parish still includes Haunton and Chilcote, Statfold; the parish of Clifton Campville included Chilcote in Derbyshire, Harlaston, as well as Haunton, which it still does. It became part of Tamworth Poor Law Union in 1836. In 1894 Clifton with Haunton became a civil parish within the newly constituted Tamworth Rural District; the civil parish became part of Lichfield Rural District during the boundary changes of 1934. In 1974 it became part of the new non-metropolitan district of Lichfield; the parish council meets jointly with Thorpe Constantine. Electorally the parish is part of Mease and Tame ward of Lichfield District, lies within the parliamentary constituency of Tamworth.
Clifton contains a number of listed buildings, including the Grade I listed Church of St Andrew, Clifton Hall, Manor Farm, the old Post Office and the village pub, the Green Man. There are several historic buildings in Haunton; the parish church, dedicated to St Andrew, is a Grade I listed building. Though nothing remains of the building mentioned in Domesday, some parts of the south wall date back to the year 1200, with traces of 13th century wall paintings; the church was enlarged into the shape of a cross in the first half of the 13th century. It was enlarged again in the 14th century; the tower was built in the first half of the 14th century, with a spire, reaching to a height of about 210 feet, added at some time during the century. The interior includes 14th century screens carved from oak; the church was restored by George Edmund Street in the second half of the 19th century, again by W. D. Caroe in the early 20th century. In 1984 the spire was struck with much damage to the church. Repairs were completed in 1987.
The adjoining cemetery dates back to mediaeval days. The Old Rectory is in origin a 15th-century building, though the history of the rectory can be traced further back, to the mid 14th century; the building was altered in 1694, again in 1778, restored in around 1980. It is listed Grade II; the village school is St Andrew's Church of England Controlled Primary School. In 2009 it had 63 pupils, was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED; the neighbouring village of Haunton, one mile to the west, has been, remains, part of the parish of Clifton Campville. Village website Images of England: Details of listed buildings Staffordshire Past Track: Old images of Clifton Campville
Thorpe Constantine is a small village and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. It lies 6 miles south-west of Measham; the nucleus of the parish is the Thorpe estate. The first part of the name is believed to be the Old Norse word thorp with the meaning outlying farm, indicative of the village's location within the Danelaw; the second element comes from the name of the family, in possession of the land in the 13th century. The population of the estate parish is given as 42 in the land covering 953 acres. In 1870 it is given as 54; the parish of Thorpe Constantine became part of Tamworth Poor Law Union in 1836. In 1894 it became a civil parish within the newly constituted Tamworth Rural District. During the boundary changes of 1934 the civil parish was enlarged with the addition of Statfold and Syerscote, became part of Lichfield Rural District. In 1974 it became part of the new non-metropolitan district of Lichfield; the parish council meets jointly with Clifton Campville. Electorally the parish is part of Mease and Tame ward of Lichfield District, lies within the parliamentary constituency of Tamworth.
The manor house of Thorpe Hall is a owned Georgian style country mansion, a Grade II listed building. William Ives, a successful Leicestershire vintner, bought Thorpe in 1631, his daughter and co-heir Jane married Richard Inge of Leicester, the house became the Inge family home. The Inges were a prominent local family, five members of which served as High Sheriff of Staffordshire. Family members were Rectors of Netherseal and of Thorpe Constantine. Ives had built a three-storey, five-bayed mansion at Thorpe in 1651. In 1790 when another Inge family seat at Drakelow, Derbyshire was abandoned, Thorpe Hall was enlarged and improved. Two three-bayed, two-storeyed wings were added, the main central block was decorated with balustrading and an entrance porch; the 1881 census discloses his family in residence with a staff of twenty-one. The family remained in occupation until at least 1925. Following the death of Hilda Mary Inge in 1953 the estate passed to the Lillingston family of Localsh. George David Inge-Innes-Lillingston was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1966.
The property is now occupied by his wife Catherine. The parish church, dedicated to St Constantine, is a Grade II listed building; the church is in the grounds of the Hall, has been an "estate church" since the 18th century, the parish being owned by the estate. These days it is only used for services, it is, however, a substantial building, with separate chancel. Extensively rebuilt in 1883, prior to that in the 18th century, parts of it may go back to the 14th century, including the tower with spire; the Inge family, owners of the estate supplied the rectors too. The expansion of the civil parish in 1934 incorporated the civil parishes of Statfold and Syerscote, both of which settlements go back to early mediaeval times, though these days must be counted as former settlements. Statfold is an abandoned village, of which little trace now remains, though the listed manor house and church are still extant. Nowadays, the church has the status of a chapel. Syerscote 52°39′55″N 1°40′20″W 3 miles north-east of Tamworth and 3 miles west of Thorpe, is a former township of the parish of St Editha, Tamworth.
In 1836 it became part of Tamworth Poor Law Union. In 1894 it entered Tamworth Rural District and in 1934 became part of Thorpe Constantine civil parish. In 1848 the population was 46, on 480 acres; the farmhouse of Syerscote Manor is listed Grade II. The name is believed to derive with the meaning of Sigeric's cottages. In the Middle Ages Syerscote was a prebend that funded one of 5 canons to the collegiate Church of St Editha, Tamworth. In 1291 this income was valued at £4 a year; these days Syerscote is within the Church of England parish of Wigginton. Inge family papers at Staffordshire County Record Office reference D878 3211 1881 census records Staffordshire Past Track: Old images of Thorpe Constantine
Alrewas is a village and civil parish in the Lichfield District of Staffordshire, England. The village is beside about 5 miles northeast of Lichfield; the parish is bounded by the Trent to the north and east, by field boundaries to the south and west. The A38 road passes the village, just inside the boundary of the National Forest. Alrewas used to be part of south Derbyshire; until 2009 Alrewas was part of the civil parish of Fradley. Fradley had begun as a hamlet in the ancient parish of Alrewas, the civil parish was named to reflect Fradley's growth into a village. From 1 April 2009 Alrewas and Fradley have been two separate civil parishes. Near Alrewas are the villages of Wychnor, Barton-under-Needwood and Kings Bromley; the 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 2,852. The toponym "Alrewas" is derived from the Old English Alor-wæsse, meaning "alluvial land growing with alder trees"; the A38 dual carriageway follows the line of Ryknild Street, a Roman road that linked what are now Gloucestershire and South Yorkshire.
Orgreave Hall is a brick-built country house in Alrewas parish about 1 1⁄4 miles northwest of the village. It was extended in the early 18th century; the Trent and Mersey Canal was built between 1766 and 1777. It passes through Alrewas; the South Staffordshire Line of the South Staffordshire Railway was built through the parish in the 1840s and Alrewas railway station was opened in 1849. British Railways closed the station in 1965. East of Alrewas is the National Memorial Arboretum, dedicated to remembering those lost due to warfare since the Second World War; the Church of England parish church is All Saints in Church Lane. The oldest parts of the building are 12th-century; some Norman work remains but much of the present building is Gothic from the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries. The font is 15th-century; the pulpit is Jacobean, made in 1639. There is a monument by Thomas White to John Turton, who died in 1707; the church was restored in 1997. All Saints' is a Grade I listed building; the Methodist Church is in Post Office Road opposite the Crown Inn.
It is a Gothic Revival brick building completed in 1928. In 1989 due to rot the roof was renewed. At the same time a new floor was laid, involving the removal of pews and organ. All Saints Primary School is the local Church of England primary school, it is a small primary school, only more than single form entry. The village has three pubs: the Crown Inn, the George and Dragon and the William IV; the Crown is a restaurant in Post Office Road. The George and Dragon is an 18th-century building in Main Street; the William IV was three cottages until the 1830s. The Delhi Divan is a South Asian restaurant in Kings Bromley Road beside Bagnall Lock on the canal, it used to be a pub called the Jaipur the Navigation Inn and latterly The Old Boat. Alrewas has a fish and chip shop and a Cantonese takeaway; the National Memorial Arboretum is at Alrewas. It "honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, fosters pride in our country"; the Arboretum is a charity run by staff and volunteers, part of The Royal British Legion group of charities.
An Act of Remembrance, including a silence, is observed daily in the Millennium Chapel. The Arboretum receives about 300,000 visitors a year; the village holds the biennial Alrewas Arts Festival every other summer. The first festival was in 2006, it has become a much loved attraction in the village's calendar, it is an eight-day free festival that includes workshops, performances and events in Alrewas village. It features local artisan talents; the workshops range from silk painting to film making. There is fund raising including auctions and sales in the intermediate 2 year period to meet the festival's costs, it culminates in a Sunday daytime to evening event of live music and interactive arts in Alrewas Park that attracts thousands of party-goers from surrounding villages and towns. Each year the village hosts the Alrewas Show, a registered charity, it includes a walking carnival procession, galloping acrobatics, a falconry display, miniature steam display and Judy show, livestock display, fairground rides and attractions, trade stands, historic cars, farm machinery and music.
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Farewell and Chorley
Farewell and Chorley is a civil parish in Lichfield District, England. The villages of Farewell and Chorley, that make up the parish, lie 3 or 4 miles north-west of the City of Lichfield; the parish council is a joint one with Elmhurst. Farewell Priory was founded by Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry; the parish church of St Bartholomew was rebuilt in brick in 1745, with the exception of the stone chancel. There was further restoration in 1848; the church is a Grade II* listed building for its surviving medieval fabric and fittings
Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders with Cheshire to the northwest and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, Shropshire to the west; the largest city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent, administered separately from the rest of the county as an independent unitary authority. Lichfield has city status, although this is a smaller cathedral city. Major towns include Stafford, Burton upon Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Tamworth. Smaller towns include Stone, Uttoxeter, Burntwood/Chasetown, Eccleshall and the large villages of Wombourne, Tutbury, Barton-under-Needwood and Abbots Bromley. Cannock Chase AONB is within the county as well as parts of the National Forest and the Peak District national park. Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Smethwick are within the historic county boundaries of Staffordshire, but since 1974 have been part of the West Midlands county. Apart from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire is divided into the districts of Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth.
Staffordshire was divided into five hundreds: Cuttlestone, Pirehill and Totmonslow. The historic boundaries of Staffordshire cover much of what is now the metropolitan county of West Midlands. An administrative county of Staffordshire was set up in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888 covering the county except the county boroughs of Wolverhampton and West Bromwich in the south, Hanley in the north; the Act saw the towns of Tamworth and Burton upon Trent united in Staffordshire. In 1553 Queen Mary made Lichfield a county corporate, meaning it was administered separately from the rest of Staffordshire, it remained so until 1888. Handsworth and Perry Barr became part of the county borough of Birmingham in the early 20th century, thus associated with Warwickshire. Burton, in the east of the county, became a county borough in 1901, was followed by Smethwick, another town in the Black Country in 1907. In 1910 the six towns of the Staffordshire Potteries, including Hanley, became the single county borough of Stoke-on-Trent.
A significant boundary change occurred in 1926 when the east of Sedgley was transferred to Worcestershire to allow the construction of the new Priory Estate on land purchased by Dudley County Borough council. A major reorganisation in the Black Country in 1966, under the recommendation of the Local Government Commission for England led to the creation of an area of contiguous county boroughs; the County Borough of Warley was formed by the merger of the county borough of Smethwick and municipal borough of Rowley Regis with the Worcestershire borough of Oldbury: the resulting county borough was associated with Worcestershire. Meanwhile, the county borough of Dudley a detached part of Worcestershire and became associated with Staffordshire instead; this reorganisation led to the administrative county of Staffordshire having a thin protrusion passing between the county boroughs and Shropshire, to the west, to form a short border with Worcestershire. Under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 the county boroughs of the Black Country and the Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District of Staffordshire became, along with Birmingham and Coventry and other districts, a new metropolitan county of West Midlands.
County boroughs were abolished, with Stoke becoming a non-metropolitan district in Staffordshire, Burton forming an unparished area in the district of East Staffordshire. On 1 April 1997, under a recommendation of the Banham Commission, Stoke-on-Trent became a unitary authority independent of Staffordshire once more. In July 2009 the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Britain was discovered in a field near Lichfield; the artefacts, known as The Staffordshire Hoard have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th centuries, placing the origin of the items in the time of the Kingdom of Mercia. This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of the non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire at current basic prices published by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling; some nationally and internationally known companies have their base in Staffordshire. They include the Britannia Building Society, based in Leek. JCB is based in Rocester near Uttoxeter and Bet365, based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The theme park Alton Towers is in the Staffordshire Moorlands and several of the world's largest pottery manufacturers are based in Stoke-on-Trent. Staffordshire has a comprehensive system with eight independent schools. Most secondary schools are from 11–16 or 18, but two in Staffordshire Moorlands and South Staffordshire are from 13–18. Resources are shared. There are two universities in the county, Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire University, which has campuses in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Shrewsbury; the modern county of Staffordshire has three professional football clubs – Stoke City and Port Vale, both from Stoke-on-Trent, Burton Albion, who play in Burton upon Trent. Stoke City, one of the oldest professional football clubs in existence, were founded in 1863 and played at the Victoria Ground for 119 years from 1878 until their relocation to the Britannia Stadium in 1997, they were among the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888. By the late 1930s, they were establi