Ilam, Staffordshire Family History Guide



Ilam, Staffordshire
Ilam, Staffordshire. Attribution: Rob Bendall (Highfields). The copyright holder of this file, Rob Bendall, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.

Ilam is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Castern, Throwley, Rushley, and Caston.

Parish church: Holy Cross

Parish registers begin: 1651

Nonconformists include:

Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam, Staffordshire
Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam, Staffordshire. Author: Rob Bendall (Highfields). The copyright holder of this file, Rob Bendall, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.

Parishes adjacent to Ilam

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ILAM, a village and a parish in the district of Ashborne and county of Stafford. The village stands in a picturesque vale, under the high limestone ridge of Bunster, near the source of the rivers Hamps and Manifold, 1 mile W of the foot of Thorpe Cloud and the entrance of Dovedale, and 5 NNW of Ashborne; is a place of remarkable beauty; contains a highly decorated hexagonal cross, erected in 1840 to the memory. of Mrs. Mary Watts Russell; and has a post office under Ashborne. The parish contains also the hamlets of Castern, Throwley, and Rushley. Acres, 2,939. Real property, £2,316. Pop., 243. Houses, 41. The property is divided among a few. Ilam Hall is the seat of J. W. Russell, Esq.; was erected in 1823, on the site of an old mansion; is a noble edifice in the Tudor style; and contains a highly interesting collection of arms and pictures. The park around the mansion, or rather the entire vale of Ilam, abounds in beauty and romance; forms a great attraction to tourists through Derbyshire; and is said to have been Dr. Johnson’s model of the Happy Valley in his “Rasselas.” A grotto near the hall, still known as Congreve’s Grot, was the place where Congreve wrote his “Old Bachelor,” and part of his “Mourning Bride.” The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £410. Patron, J. W. Russell, Esq. The church was beautifully restored in 1856; and contains an ancient font, S. Bertram’s shrine, and other curious monuments. The old church had an ivy covered tower, and was very picturesque. A small Gothic chapel stands over the burial vault of the Russell family, and contains a highly artistic monument, with group of statuary, by Chantrey, to the memory of D. P. Watts. There is an endowed school, with picturesque schoolhouse.

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

Ilam Hall, Staffordshire
Ilam Hall, Staffordshire. Author: Rob Bendall (Highfields). The copyright holder of this file, Rob Bendall, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

ILAM, co. Stafford.

P. T. Ashborne (139) 3½ m. NW. Pop. with Trowley and Casterton, 253.

A parish in the north division of the hundred of Totmonslow, situated in one of the most romantic spots in the country; the rivers Hamps and Manyfold rise from some limestone rocks in this parish, under which they run in separate streams for several miles. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry of Stafford and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry; valued in K.B. 6l. 13s. 4d.; patron (1829) J. Wotts Russell, Esq. In the church, ded. to Holy Cross, St. Bertram is recorded to have performed many miracles.

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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Administration

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