"Meerbrook is a hamlet three miles N of Leek. Its chapelry (to Leek & Lowe parish) includes most of Leekfrith township, which also includes the hamlets of Pool End, one mile NW; Abbey Green, half a mile N; Blackshaw Moor, three miles NNW; and Upper Hulme, four miles NNW of Leek. Leekfrith township comprises 877 souls and 7500 acres, between two branches of the River Churnet. The principal landowners are William Brocklehurst, Esq and John Davenport, Esq, and there are many smaller freeholders.
Upper or Over Hulme gave birth to Richard Caldwell, an eminent physician, who died in 1515. It has a silk mill in the dale, below the lofty mountain rocks called Leek Roaches.
At Abbey Green are the remains of an ancient abbey, and a bowling green. The Abbey Farm is the property of John Davenport, Esq. At the north end of the township are the moorland farms of Gunside, Rocheside, and Hazlewood. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]