"Colton, a long straggling village, about a mile E of Colwich Station, and two miles N by E of Rugeley, gives name to a highly cultivated parish, pleasantly situated on the banks of the Trent, and one of its tributary streams. It contains 3870 acres, 672 souls, and a number of scatttered houses, extending one and a half miles N and S of the church. The soil is a fertile loam, with a good proportion of meadows, and belongs to Richard Green, Esq, JO Oldham, Esq, the Earl of Lichfield, Lord Bagot, TG Whitgreave, Esq, and a number of smaller owners. JO Oldham, Esq, is lord of the manor, and resides in Bellamour Hall, a handsome mansion with sylvan grounds, on the north side of the Trent, near Wolseley Bridge. The Manor House Farm belongs to Lord Bagot, and is occupied by Mr HW Holland. Colton Hall, now a farm-house, belongs to the Earl of Lichfield, and was rebuilt after being burnt down about 120 years ago.
Newland is a small village on a lofty eminence, one and a half miles N of Colton, and a little to the west of it is the hamlet of Lea Lane."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]