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

BIDDULPH, a parish in the northern division of the hundred of PIREHILL, county of STAFFORD, 3 miles (S.E. by S.) from Congleton, containing 1666 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 £4. 9. 8., endowed with £400 private benefaction, £200 royal bounty, and £900 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of J. Bateman, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence. On Biddulph moor there is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The parish contains collieries, manufactories for cotton and earthenware, and iron-works. It 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. Here is a school with an endowment of about £12 per annum.

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