"Marchington, a village, township, and chapelry (to Hanbury parish), containing 471 souls and 2710 acres, is situated on the south bank of the Dove, at the most northern point of Offlow Hundred, four miles ESE of Uttoxeter. The manor was part of the demesne lands appertaining to the honour of Tutbury, and given by the Conqueror to Henry de Ferrers. HCM Ingram, Esq, is lord of the manor. The copyhold land is held on a heavy tenure, being subject to fines amounting to one and a half year's rent, with the best beast or stack as a heriot on the death of every tenant.
Marchington-Woodlands is a township of scattered houses, extending SW from Marchington to the distance of two miles. It contains 471 souls, and 2550 acres, and includes the north-western corner of Needwood Forest, also Smallwood Manor, the seat of Thomas Webb, Esq, and Oversale, a hamlet and estate belonging to Thomas H Hall, Esq. Much of the land is copyhold, on the same tenure as Marchington."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]