"Chebsey is a small scattered village in the narrow valley near the confluence of Eccleshall water with the River Sow, two and a half miles E of Eccleshall, and five miles NW of Stafford. Its parish contains two manors and townships, Chebsey, which includes the hamlet of Shallowford, one mile to the NE, and contains 401 inhabitants and 2812 acres of land, of which the Earl of Lichfield is lord and principal owner, and Cold Norton, a township of four farms, two miles NW of Chebsey, containing only 41 inhabitants, and about 1100 acres of land, all belonging to Ralph Sneyd, Esq. Between Cold Norton and Chebsey is Norton Bridge Station, at a junction of the London and North Western with the North Staffordshire Railway.
Hilcote Hall, the seat of WS Dixon, Esq, belongs to the Earl of Lichfield, and was anciently the seat of the Noels."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]