"Mucklestone, or Muccleston, is a small village on the side of a declivity, with a southern aspect, nine miles NW by W of Eccleshall, and four and a half miles NE of Market Drayton. Its parish is about six miles in length, and from one to two miles in breadth, extending along the borders of the counties of Salop and Stafford. Five of its townships, Aston, Knighton, Mucklestone, Oakley and Winnington being in Staffordshire and the other four, Bearston, Dorrington, Gravenhunger and Woore, in Shropshire. There are 879 inhabitants in Staffordshire and 809 in Salop, giving a total population of 1688, and the parish comprises 8120 acres, of which 4362 acres are in Staffordshire.
Mucklestone township contains about 1100 acres, mostly belonging to Lord Crewe, the lord of the manor, which was anciently held by the Tanes and the Morgans. The Morgans sold it in the reign of Elizabeth to Sir Thomas Offley, Knt, from whose descendants it passed to the first Lord Crewe.
Aston, a village and township, three and a half miles NNE of Mucklestone, and eight miles SW of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has 912 acres of land, mostly belonging to the Rev TB Lloyd, the lord of the manor, and partly to the Butler and Harding families.
Knighton is a small township, one mile SW of Aston, bounded on three sides by Shropshire. Sir JNL Chetwode and P Sillito, Esq, are the principal owners.
Oakley township at the south end of the parish, two miles SW of Mucklestone, contains Oakley Hall, the handsome seat of Sir John NL Chetwode, Bart, in a beautiful park of 300 acres, on the east bank of the Tearn rivulet, which here divides this county from Shropshire.
Winnington township, has a small village at the foot of a declivity, one mile N of Mucklestone. Hugo Charles Meynell Ingram, Esq, is the principal owner and lord of the manor."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]