Alstonfield

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

ALLSTONEFIELD, a parish in the northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 7 miles (N.N.W.) from Ashbourn, comprising the chapelries of Upper Elkstone, Longnor, Quarnford, and Warslow, and the townships of Lower Elkstone, Fairfield-Head, Heathy-Lee, and Hollinsclough, and containing 5169 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Warslow annexed, in the archdeaconry of Stafford, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, rated in the king's books at £8. 11. 4., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £900 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of Sir George Crewe, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a large structure in the early style of English architecture, with a tower ornamented with pinnacles and battlements: the pulpit, &c. were presented by Cotton, the poet, who resided here. Allstonefield forms the northern extremity of the county, being bounded by Cheshire and Derbyshire, from which it is separated by the river Dove. It belongs to the duchy of Lancaster, and is within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts tinder 40s. Here is a small free school, founded by German Pole, in 1726.

ELKSTONE, a chapelry comprising the townships of Lower Elkstone and Upper Elkstone, in the parish of ALLSTONEFIELD, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 5 miles (E.N.E.) from Leek, and containing 259 inhabitants, of which number, JOS are in Lower Elkstone, and 151 in Upper Elkstone. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Stafford, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, endowed with £1400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of certain Trustees. The chapel is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

FAIRFIELD-HEAD, a township in the parish of ALLSTONEFIELD, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 7 miles (N.E. by E.) from Leek, containing 1135 inhabitants.

HEATHY-LEE, a township in the parish of ALLSTONEFIELD, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 2 miles (W. by N.) from Longnor, containing 788 inhabitants.

HOLLINSCLOUGH, a township in the parish of ALLSTONEFIELD, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 1 mile (N.W. by W.) from Longnor, containing 560 inhabitants.

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