"Whittington is a fine rural village, seated on a dry gravelly soil, three miles ESE of Lichfield, and comprising within its parish, 809 inhabitants, and upwards of 3000 acres of land, all of which is enclosed, except Whittington Heath, on the west side of the village, where Lichfield Races are held. This heath forms an excellent sheep walk, and would, if enclosed, be very productive for the growth of turnips and barley. John Levett, Esq, and Sir Robert Peel are the principal landowners, but the Marquis of Anglesey is lord of the manor.
Huddlesford, in this parish, is a hamlet, on the Coventry Canal, three miles E of Lichfield, and one mile N of Whittington. The canal here is crossed by the Trent Valley Railway."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]