"Sandon is a pleasant and well built village, with two good inns on the Lichfield and Stone turnpike, near the Trent and the canal, five miles NNE of Stafford, and four miles SE of Stone. It has a station on the Colwich branch of the North Staffordshire Railway. Its parish is a fertile and picturesque district, on the north-east side of the Trent, containing 586 inhabitants, and upwards of 3300 acres of land, nearly the whole of which is the property of the Earl of Harrowby, the lord of the manor, whose family seat, Sandon Hall, a large and elegant mansion, was destroyed by fire in 1848, and is now being rebuilt in a more elegant style. The ancient mansion of the Erdeswicke family stood half a mile further to the north, where the moat that surrounded it is still preserved.
Hardywicke is a hamlet, on the hill one mile N of Sandon, and the other farms and districts in the parish bear the names of Romer, Sandy Lees, Smallrise and Twerlow."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]