"Lapley is a small village, seated on a pleasant eminence, three and a half miles SW by W of Penkridge, including within its parish 952 inhabitants, and 3740 acres of land, in the two townships of Lapley and Wheaton Aston which constitute a manor of which FH Swinfen, Esq, is lord, and owner of 1000 acres. GB Thorneycroft, Esq, E Wigan, Esq, and many smaller owners have estates in the parish, mostly copyholds.
Lapley had a Priory of Black Monks, which Algar, Earl of Mercia and Chester, bestowed on the Abbey of Saint Remigus, at Rheims, in the time of Edward the Confessor, but having shared the fate of the alien priories in the reign of Henry I, it became the property of the college of Tong, in Shropshire. It was suppressed by Henry V, and in the civil wars, the Priory House was fortified and garrisoned for the King, under the command of Captain Smith, but in 1645 it was dismantled under a parliamentary order. Some remains may still be seen in the walls of an old house near the church.
Wheaton Aston is a large but irregularly built village, near the canal, one and a half miles W of Lapley, and five miles WSW of Penkridge. It is the most populous part of the parish, containing 706 souls and 2170 acres. In 1777, nearly half of this village was burnt down, by the thatch, which covered the houses, taking fire. But it was soon rebuilt, and the new houses covered with tiles. Fairs for cattle and swine, etc, are held here on April 20th and November 1st, and a wake on Trinity Sunday."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]