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"Newchapel, a straggling village, from two to three miles N of Tunstall, gives name to a chapelry district (of Wolstanton parish), comprising Thursfield township, Chell, Wedgewood, and parts of Stadmoreslow, and Brerehurst townships. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

Newchapel formed a chapelry to Wolstanton parish and details can be found on the Wolstanton page.

Church History

"Newchapel Church, St James, formerly called Thursfield Chapel, is a neat brick fabric, which was rebuilt by subscription in 1766. The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of Ralph Sneyd, Esq, and others, and incumbency of the Rev Thurstan Forshaw."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

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Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of St James, Newchapel, commences in 1723. The original registers for the period 1723-1906 (Bapts), 1741-1754 & 1847-1910 (Mar) & 1724-1897 (Bur), and Banns for the period 1897-1964 are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1726-1850 (with gaps 1731, 1763-65, 1783-1804, 1810-12 & 1846-54) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office. No marriages are listed in the BTs after 1755.

Nonconformist Church Registers
The original registers deposited at Stafforshire Record Office are indicated below:
Harriseahead, Newchapel, Wesleyan Methodist, Baptisms 1841-1962, Marriages 1911-1959
The Rookery, Newchapel, Methodist, Marriages 1938-1965
Whitehill, Newchapel, Wesleyan Methodist, Marriages 1925-1973


A map showing the pre-1850 boundaries of Newchapel Chapelry & Townships

Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

Newchapel chapelry became part of Wolstanton & Burslem Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

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