"Betley is one of the smallest and pleasantest market towns in the county, consisting of only one wide street, on the Nantwich road, seven miles WNW of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and three miles SSE of Basford Station, near the confines of Cheshire, the boundary line between the two counties extending here through the middle of a fine lake of 80 acres called Betley Mere. The appearance of the houses is uncommonly neat, and the town is greatly ornamented by two handsome seats, Betley Hall and Betley Court, the former of which is the residence and property of George Tollet, Esq, and the latter of Fras. and TF Twemlow, Esqrs. The parish contains 884 inhabitants, and about 1480 acres of land. Mr Tollet is lord of the manor, and the other principal proprietors are Sir TFF Boughey, who has a large estate here, and the Earl of Wilton, who owns Betley Mere.
Wrine Hill, one mile S by W of Betley, is a scattered village on an eminence, partly in this parish, but mostly in that of Wibunbury in Cheshire. It was anciently the seat of the Egerton family, and between it and Betley is Ravenshall, containing a number of detatched houses."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]