"Eccleshall parish church, Holy Trinity, is a large and handsome fabric, with a lofty tower, in which are six bells and a clock. The chancel and north side, being much decayed, were rebuilt in 1829. The church is remarkable as the place where Queen Margaret was concealed after the battle of Blore Heath, in 1459. It is neatly pewed with oak, and contains several monuments of the former bishops, and of the Bosville family, who resided in the ancient mansion of Biana, which has long been occupied as a farmhouse.
The church is a prepend, enjoyed by the Bishop, who is also patron of the discharged vicarage, with the curacy of Croxton annexed to it. The Rev Henry Moore, MA, is the vicar, and also rural dean of Eccleshall, prebend of Handsacre and vicar of Penn.
In the Horsefair is a neat Independent Chapel, built in 1840, in lieu of an old one.
Cotes Heath Church, St James, was erected for this quarter of the parish about eight years ago, and is a small plain structure, with a cupola and bell. The perpetual curacy, is in the gift of the vicar, and incumbency of the Rev ET Codd, MA.
Broughton Church has a low tower and six bells, and some handsome monuments belonging to the Broughton family. The Rev Sir Henry Delves Broughton, Bart, is patron and incumbent and the officiating curate is the Rev Vernon George Yonge, BA, of Charnes Hall.
Croxton Chapel is a neat brick edifice, erected in 1832, and its curacy is annexed to Eccleshall vicarage."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)