Alton, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Alton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Cotton, Denston, Denstone, Upper Cotton, Lower Coton, Lower Cotton, Upper Coton, and Farley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1681

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Alton

  • Ellastone
  • Ipstones
  • Calton
  • Kingsley
  • Waterfall
  • Rocester
  • Oakamoor
  • Cauldon
  • Croxden
  • Bradley le Moors

Historical Descriptions

Alton

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALTON, or Alveton, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Cheadle, Stafford. The township lies on the Churnet river, the Uttoxeter canal, and the North Stafford railway, 7½ miles NNW of Uttoxeter. It has a station on the railway, a post office under Stafford, and an inn. Real property, £3,853. Pop., 1,173. Houses, 253.—The parish includes also the townships of Farley, Denston, and Upper and Lower Cotton. Acres, 7,379. Real property, £10,325. Pop., 2,250. Houses, 476. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shrewsbury. Alton-Towers, the seat of the Earl, is a splendid edifice, in a variety of styles, built in 1814; and contains a magnificent hall, an armory, 120 feet long, a picture gallery, 150 feet long, with superb collection of pictures, a chapel with stained windows by Pugin, and a state drawing room, with some ornaments of Queen Catherine. The gardens connected with it are richly ornate; and contain a Choragic temple, a Chinese conservatory, an imitation Stonehenge, a pagoda 95 feet high, and a Gothic temple commanding an extensive view. The ruins of a castle of the De Verdons, of the time of Henry II., stand on a rock by the Churnet, 300 feet high. St. John’s hospital, founded by the Talbots, for a warden and fellows, with church and school, is near the castle. An ancient camp, with double fosse, occurs at Bonebury. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £151. Patron, the Earl of Shrewsbury. The church is modern. Cotton and Denston are separate charges; and there are chapels for Independents, Methodists, and Roman Catholics, and charities £25.-The subdistrict comprises three parishes. Acres, 9,487. Pop., 2,693. Houses, 564.

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

Denston

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Denston, a township-chapelry in Alton parish, Stafford; on the river Churnet, and the Uttoxeter canal, near Rocester-Junction r. station, 5 miles N of Uttoxeter. Post-town, Rocester, under Ashborne. Real property, £1,489. Pop., 241. Houses, 53. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150. Patron, J. P. Heywood, Esq.

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

Administration

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