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

COTTON, a chapelry in the parish of ALVETON, southern division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW, county of STAFFORD, 5 miles (N.E.) from Cheadle, containing 439 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Stafford, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, endowed with £400 private benefaction, and £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of George Whieldon, Esq. The chapel was built in 1795, at the sole expense of the late Thomas Gilbert, Esq., who also endowed it, and left the payment of the repairs a perpetual charge upon his property. There are extensive quarries of limestone, worked by the Trent and Mersey Canal Company. Cotton 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.

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