"Newborough, a village, township, and chapelry (to Hanbury parish), containing 742 souls and 2970 acres, is situated on the north west side of Needwood Forest, three miles SW of Hanbury, and eight miles W of Burton-upon-Trent. The village stands in a narrow dale, through which a small rivulet flows southward to the Trent. Holly Bush, a neat mansion, upon a fine eminence, is the seat of Thomas Kirkpatrick Hall, Esq, the principal owner of Newborough, which, in the 11th century, belonged to Robert, son of Henry de Ferrers. In the chapelry is HCM Ingram, Esq's manor of Agardsley, but Agardsley Park farm belongs to the Crown, and is leased to HK Hall, Esq. SC Pole, Esq, and several smaller owners, have estates here. Several of the inhabitants are employed in weaving linen and checks.
Thorney Lane is an ancient hamlet, one mile NW of Newborough, and about two and a half miles S of Newborough is Hoarcross, a hamlet partly in Hamstall Ridware and Newborough, but mostly in Yoxall parish."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]