"Pipe Ridware is a small ancient village and parish, on the north side of the Trent, six miles N of Lichfield. It contains only about 100 inhabitants, and 770 acres of land, forming a flat grazing district. This is the first of the three Ridwares mentioned in Domesday book, and it derived the first part of its name from its early possessors, who resided in the ancient manor house, of which nothing now remains but some vestiges of the moat, near an extensive orchard. The present hall, now occupied by a farmer, was built by John Whitehall, Esq, who purchased the demesne, in 1677. Lord Hatherton is the principal owner and mesne lord of the manor, but Lord Leigh is lord paramount of both this manor, and Hamstall & Mavesyn Ridwares.
Gouldhay and Quinton farms belong to TH Parker, Esq, and Woodhouse farm to Mrs Mary Webb."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]