"Forton is a small scattered village, on the Eccleshall road, seven miles SW of that town, and one and a half miles NNE of Newport in Shropshire. Its parish is generally called in legal documents, Forton and Meer. It contains 764 inhabitants, and 3760 acres of land, divided into the four hamlets of Forton, Meer, Sutton, and Warton. Sir Thomas FF Boughey, Bart, is lord of the manor and owner of the whole parish, except 43 acres of glebe, and 143 acres belonging to R Stewart, Esq.
Aqualate Hall, the delightful seat of Sir Thomas FF Boughey, Bart, is a magnificent Gothic mansion, situated two miles SE of Forton, being near the Shropshire border, and on the south side of Aqualate-meer, a beautiful and extensive lake more than a mile in length, and half a mile in breadth. The hall was first erected by Sir Thomas Skrymsher, who died in 1633. From his family it passed in marriage to the Baldwyns, one of whom sold it to the late Sir John Fenton Boughey, who was created a baronet in 1798, and rebuilt and enlarged the old mansion.
Meertown, or Meer, is a hamlet which derives its name from the lake or meer just described, and has several neat houses in a retired situation, half a mile S of Forton.
Sutton is a small village upon a commanding eminence, one mile NE of Forton, on the Eccleshall road, near which is a farm called the Guild of Monks, from its having belonged to the abbot of a Benedictine Monastery, at Shrewsbury. An estate here formerly belonged successively to the families of Broughton, Scavington, Layton, Symonds, Bettenson, and Benbow.
Warton hamlet is about one mile E of Forton. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]