"Stafford, an ancient borough and market town, celebrated for the manufacture of shoes, is, as its name imports, the capital of Staffordshire, and is pleasantly situated nearly in the centre of the county, on the north side of the River Sow, 16 miles NW by W of Lichfield, 16 miles N of Wolverhampton, and 16 miles S by E of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Potteries. It gives name to an archdeaconry, deanery, union, and County Court district. It has a branch from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, and has a commodious station on the Grand junction portion of the London & North Western Railway, which is joined here by the Trent Valley and the Shropshire Union Railways.
The principal streets, Greengate and Gaolgate, run in a direct line through the centre of the town, branching from opposite sides of the Market Square, and containing many well stocked shops, and several excellent inns, and large mansions.
The two united parochial townships of St Mary and St Chad contain about 2510 acres, and a population of 9245 in 1841. St Mary's parish includes the four out-townships of Hopton-and-Coton, Marston, Salt-and-Enson, and Whitgreave, and the liberties of Tillington and Worston.
Hopton and Coton township containing 1770 acres and 464 inhabitants, is a fertile district, including the small village of Hopton, three miles NE of Stafford, and a number of scattered houses, extending from the Lunatic Asylum and the hamlet of Littleworth, on the eastern side of Stafford, to the confines of Ingestre, the seat of Earl Talbot, who is lord of both of these manors. Here is also the hamlet of St Thomas, where there are, near a corn mill, the remains of a priory.
Salt and Enson township has 1330 acres and 580 souls, and includes a number of scattered houses, and the secluded village of Salt, thre and a half miles NNE of Stafford. Earl Talbot is lord of the manor and owner of most of the soil.
Tillington, one and a half miles N of Stafford, is an extra-parochial estate of 1090 acres, and 55 inhabitants, on three farms.
Whitgreave or Whitgrove, is a township of 1620 acres and 185 souls. It includes several scattered houses, and a small village, lying in a pleasant valley, four miles NNW of Stafford, belonging chiefly to HC Taylor, Esq, the lord of the manor.
Worston, four miles NW of Stafford, is an extra-parochial estate of about 300 acres and 23 souls. It has a neat mansion, and large corn and silk mills, belonging to John Milner, Esq, who resides at the Hall, but the mill is occupied by Mr George Mare.
Marston Township formed a chapelry to St Mary, Stafford parish and details can be found on the Marston
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]