Longnor

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

LONGNOR, a market-town and chapelry in the parish of ALLSTONEFIELD, northern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 10 miles (N.E.) from Leek, and 162 (N.N.W.) from London, containing 460 inhabitants. This town is situated in the most northern part of the county, near the source of the river Manifold; and here a small canal terminates, which commences in the parish of Sheen, where it joins the Manifold. The market is on Tuesday; fairs are held on the Tuesday before Old Candlemas, Easter-Tuesday, May 4th and 17th, Whit-Tuesday, August 5th, Tuesday before Old Michaelmas, and November 12th. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Stafford, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, endowed with a rent-charge of £7. 10., private benefaction, £600 royal bounty, and £1200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Allstonefield.

The chapel, which is dedicated to St. Giles, is a neat edifice of stone, with a lofty pinnacled-tower: in the cemetery is a tombstone to the memory of W. Billinge, a native of Fairfield, who, after a long military career, died in the year 1791, at the age of one hundred and twelve years. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A small school, founded by subscription, is endowed with about £7 per annum, the proceeds of bequests made, in 1794, by John Robinson and Moses Charlesworth.

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