"Norton-in-the-Moors is a well built village, seated on a lofty eminence near the Cauldon Canal, between two branches of the River Trent, two miles ENE of Burslem, and seven miles SW of Leek. Its parish, until the year 1807, was included in that of Stoke-upon-Trent. It contains the two townships of Norton and Bemersley, which comprise together 3794 acres of enclosed land, 250 acres of open common, and 2891 inhabitants, of whom 2680 are in Norton, and 211 in Bemersley. The whole parish is a cold and hilly country, abounding in coal, which is got at various depths, in beds from four to seven feet thick.
Norton township includes the hamlets of Ford Green, one mile W; Norton Green, one mile NE; Smallthorn, one and a quarter mile SW; and Milton, one mile S of Norton. The manor of Norton is partly copyhold, and belongs chiefly to CB Adderley, Esq, Sir George Chetwynd, HH Williamson, Esq, and Miss Sparrow.
Milton is a large village with an iron foundry and steam-engine manufactory, near the canal, and a small part of it is in Hulton Abbey township, in Burslem parish. There is also a foundry at Norton Green.
Bemersley is a small village, four miles N of Burslem. Its township is in the manor of Tunstall, and includes part of the hamlet of Whitfield, one mile N of Norton, and partly in that division of the parish. The principal landowner is Hugh Henshall Williamson, Esq, (High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1834), who resides here at the pleasant seat called Greenway Bank."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]