Alstonfield, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Alstonfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Alternative names: Allstonefield

Other places in the parish include: Allstonefield with Stanshope, Fairfield Head, Fairfieldhead, Fawfieldhead, Stanshope, Heathylee, Hollingsclough, Hollinsclough, and Heathy Lee.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1661

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Alstonfield

  • Hartington
  • Wetton
  • Ilam
  • Longnor
  • Sheen
  • Thorpe
  • Alsop en le Dale
  • Biggin
  • Warslow

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALLSTONEFIELD, or Allstonfield, a village, a township, and a parish on the NE border of Staffordshire, contiguous to Derbyshire. The village stands on the river Dove, 8 miles NNW of Ashborne r. station; and has a post office under Ashborne. The township contains also the hamlet of Stanshope and a workhouse; and is in the district of Ashborne. Acres, 2,700. Real property, £4,488. Pop., 651. Houses, 140. The parish contains also the townships of Heathylee, Quarnford, Hollinsclough, Longnor, Fairfieldhead, Warslow, and Elkstone, in the district of Leek. Acres, 21,860. Real property, £19,824. Pop., 4,117. Houses, 917. The property is divided among a few. Coal, lead ore, and copper are worked. Isaac Walton indulged his angling propensities here, with his friend Cotton of Beresford Hall. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £300. Patron, Sir John Crewe, Bart. The church is a beautiful structure in early English style, with a pinnacled tower. The p. curacies of Quarnford, Longnor, Warslow, and Elkstone are separate benefices. Charities, £54.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Fairfield Head

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Fairfield Head, a township in Allstonefield parish, Stafford; 7 ½ miles NE by N of Leek. Real property, £4,298. Pop., 817. Houses, 175. There are two small churches, and two Wesleyan chapels.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Fairfield-Head, a township, in the parish of Alstonfield, union of Leek, N. division of the hundred of Totmonslow and of the county of Stafford, 7½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Leek; containing 991 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Fairfield Head, co. Stafford.

P.T. Ashborne (139) 5 m. NNW. Pop. 1135.

A township in the parish of Allstonefield and north division of the hundred of Totmonslow.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

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  • County: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Ashbourne
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Alstonfield
  • Poor Law Union: Alstonfield
  • Hundred: North Totmonslow
  • Province: Canterbury