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Fradswell

"Fradswell is a scattered village and township, distant seven miles N of Colwich, and seven miles NE of Stafford, situated in Colwich parish. It has 237 inhabitants, and 1100 acres of land, which forms a fertile but hilly district, adjoining Chartley Park. It was a chapelry, annexed to the village of Colwich, till February, 1851, when it was made a parish in its own right. Earl Ferrers is lord of the manor, but the Hall estate belongs to J Spode, Esq, and two other proprietors. The wake is on the first Sunday in August.
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

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Cemeteries

A transcript of the Monumental Inscriptions of St James, Fradswell, has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

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Census

The population of Fradswell township was as follows:
1831 -- 199
1841 -- 237

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Church History

"The church (St James) is situated on the brow of a cliff, and was rebuilt in 1764, except the chancel, which is very ancient. As stated, it was a chapelry until 1851, when it was made a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar, and incumbency of the Rev Pelham Maitland, BA."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)

St James, Fradswell, was a chapelry of Colwich parish, details of which can be found on the Colwich parish page.

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Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of St James commences in 1578. The original registers for the period 1578-1914 (Bapts), 1578-1837 (Mar) & 1578-1978 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office. The registers for the period before 1769 are damaged and not available to the public.
Bishops Transcripts for the period 1666-1856 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
An indexed transcript of the St James registers for the period 1578-1900 (Bapts, Mar & Bur), and Bishops Transcripts for the period 1666-1857 was published in 2004 by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

Fradswell was part of Colwich parish which became part of Stafford Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

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