Dilhorne

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

DILHORNE, a parish in the northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 2 miles (W.) from Cheadle, containing, with the township of Forsbrook, 1409 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Stafford, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, rated in the king's books at £8. 13., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield and Coventry. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a spacious structure; the body is modern, but the chancel and tower are very ancient, the latter being of an octagonal form, large, and unadorned, and esteemed the most perfect specimen of the Norman style to be found in England. Adjoining the churchyard is the free grammar school, said to have been founded by an earl of Huntingdon, in the reign of Henry VIII., and endowed by the inhabitants; the income is about £250 a year, which is applied to the maintenance of a schoolmaster, who instructs from fifty to sixty children, but they are not taught the classics. Dilhorne is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s.

FORSBROOK, a township in the parish of DILHORNE, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 2 miles (W.S.W.) from Cheadle, containing 665 inhabitants.

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