"Gayton is a scattered village, on an eminence above Trent Valley, one mile N of Weston Railway Station and six miles NE of Stafford, commanding a fine view of Sandon column, the plantations of the Earl of Harrowby, and the picturesque ruins of Chartley Castle, and near it run two rivulets of clear water. Its parish contains 291 inhabitants, and 1475 acres of fertile, loamy land, of which Earl Ferrers is the principal owner, and lord of the manor.
Near the church is Moat House, the property of John Fitzgerald, Esq, and at a distance of one mile W is Hartley Green, a hamlet of five farms. The wake is on the nearest Sunday to St Peter's day."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]