"The Church, is dedicated to St John the Baptist, and stands on a rocky eminence, which commands a fine view of the vale of Trent. The nave was rebuilt in 1844, and the chancel in 1847, but the tower is ancient and contains three bells, one of which is dated 1727, and is inscribed 'I to the church the living call, and to the grave do summon all'. The church was restored in the original Norman style, and is now a handsome structure. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Bishop of Lichfield and incumbency of the Rev. F Wilson.
Near Armitage Lodge is an Independent Chapel, erected about thirty years ago, by the late Thomas Birch, Esq."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]