"Weeford is a small village in the narrow and picturesque vale of the Black Brook, or Bourn River, on the Coleshill road, four miles S by E of Lichfield, comprising within its parish 425 inhabitants, of whom 289 are in Weeford township, which includes Thickbroom hamlet, and 136 in the township of Swinfen-and-Packington. Weeford township contains about 2500 acres. Lord Wenlock is lord of the manor, and owns a great part of the soil, and the rest of the parish belongs to JS Manley, S Swinfen, and J Levett, Esqrs, and a few smaller owners.
Packington hamlet, on the north side of the parish, three and a half miles SE by E of Lichfield, contains 810 acres of land, all belonging to John Levett, Esq. The Hall, a handsome mansion, is occupied by William Kendall, Esq.
Swinfen hamlet, two and a half miles SE by S of Lichfield, contains 1370 acres, of which 900 belong to Samuel Swinfen, Esq, the lord of the manor, who resides in the Hall, and whose ancestors were here as early as the reign of Edward III, when they possessed the neighbouring manors of Freeford and Whittington. Swinfen Hall is a magnificent structure, built by the late Mr Wyatt, father of the celebrated architect, and is said to have bought him and his family into professional repute. The farm called the Hill Hall is the property of the Rev Trevor Owen Burns Floyer.
Thickbroom is a hamlet lying on the west side of Weeford, four miles S by E of Lichfield, and is said to have derived its name from the broom with which it formerly abounded. It is a manor and estate of 1200 acres, belonging to John Shawe Manley, Esq, who in 1833, erected here his handsome seat called Manley Hall, in the Tudor style."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]