"Ashley, in Market Drayton Union, is a small village, on a declivity, 7 miles NW of Eccleshall and 9 miles SW of Newcastle-under-Lyme, comprising within its parish several hamlets, 853 inhabitants, and about 2600 acres of land, mostly belonging to Thomas Kinnersley and Hugo Charles Meynell Ingram, Esqrs, who are joint lords of the manor.
Ashley Heath, one of the highest levels in England, gives name to a small village, about one mile SW of Ashley, and was enclosed under an act passed in 1812.
Willowbridge Wells are on the north side of the parish, nearly 2 miles N of Ashley, and in the neighbourhood of extensive woods which supply immense quantities of crate-wood for the Potteries, and timber for the manufacture of oak baskets. The wells in the now enclosed park of Willowbridge were formerly in great celebrity for their medicinal virtues."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]