"Grindon, eight miles E by S of Leek, is an indifferently built village, occupying a high moorland situation between the Hamps and Manyfold rivers, which unite their streams in a subterraneous channel, about one mile to the east. The parish contains 404 inhabitants, and 3186 acres of land, in two nearly equal divisions, called Grindon town and Grindon Township, which form one of the Alstonfield incorporated townships, and include the small hamlets of Deepdale, half a mile S; Ford, in the romantic valley of the Hamps, one mile W; Hillsdale, half a mile NW; and Martin's Lowe, one mile S of Grindon; together with a number of scattered houses, among which is Onecote Hall, a farm house belonging to the Earl of Macclesfield. Two thirds of the parish belong to the Henniker family. The wake is on the nearest Sunday to All Saints Day."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]