"Kings Bromley, or Bromley Regis, is a well built village on the south bank of the Trent, five miles N of Lichfield, comprising within its parish 3463 acres of land, and 704 inhabitants. The manor was anciently called Brom Legge, and derived its present name from the circumstances of its being the property of the Crown for nearly two centuries after the Norman conquest, previous to which it had been distinguished as the residence of the Earls of Mercia. Leofric, the husband of the famous Lady Godiva, died here in 1057. Henry III granted the manor to the Corbets, who sold it, in 1569, to Francis Agard, of Ireland. About 1670 it was sold by Charles Agard to John Newton, of the island of Barbados, and in 1794 it was bequeathed by Sarah Newton to her cousins, John & Thomas Lane, Esqrs. The Earl of Lichfield, Mrs Owen, and Mr G Warner, have estates in the parish, but the principal owner and present lord of the manor is John Newton Lane, Esq, who resides at Bromley Hall, called the Manor, which is a handsome mansion, surrounded by an extensive park.
Bromley Wharf, on the Trent and Mersey Canal, one and a half miles S, and Woodend, two miles S of Kings Bromley, are two hamlets in this parish, which also includes Aston Hay, The Shaws, and several scattered farmhouses."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]