"Whitmore is a neat rural village, in a deep romantic valley, four and a half miles SSW of Newcastle-under-Lyme, comprising within its parish 367 inhabitants, and about 3350 acres of land. It has now a post office, and a first class railway station on the Grand Junction portion of the London & North Western Railway, since the opening of which the village has been much improved. Captain Rowland Mainwaring, RN, owns most of the parish, and is lord of the manor. He resides at Whitmore Hall, a handsome mansion standing in a well-wooded park."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]