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CROXALL, (or Croxhall) a parish partly in the hundred of Repton, in the county of Derby, and partly in the hundred of Offlow, in the county of Stafford, 5½ miles N. of Tamworth, and 8½ S.E. of Burton-on-Trent. It is situated on the river Meese, and is a station on the West branch of the Midland railway. The parish contains the townships of Oakley and Catton. The railway viaduct here crosses the rivers Tame and Trent.

The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £489, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Philip, or according to others to St. John the Baptist, is an old stone structure, and contains several monuments. The tithes were commuted in 1791. There is a National school. T. Prinseps, Esq., is lord of the manor, and resides at Croxall Hall."

"CATTON, a township in the parish of Croxall, hundred of Repton and Gresley, in the county of Derby, 6 miles to the S.W. of Burton-upon-Trent. It lies near the Midland West Branch railway, on which Croxhall is a station. Near the village is Catton Hall.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

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Cemeteries

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Census

  • The parish was in the Tamworth sub-district of the Tamworth Registration District.
     
  • Catton Township was in the Gresley sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 975
1851 H.O. 107 / 2013
1891 R.G. 12 / 2209
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored around 1851.
     
  • The church seats 150.
     
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of Saint John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1588 for all entries and is in good condition.
     
  • Michael SPENCER has started a list of Croxall Burial extractions for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
     
  • The National Archives holds a Tithe Map of Croxall township dated 1843. You would have to visit the Archives to see the map.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Tamworth sub-district of the Tamworth Registration District.
     
  • Catton Township was in the Gresley sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

"CROXALL is a parish, partly in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, county of Derby, and partly in the hundred of Offlow, county of Stafford, 8 miles S.W. by S. from Burton-upon-Trent. The river Meuse flows through the parish, and the Tame touches upon its boundary. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist: the living is a vicarage, in the patronage of the crown. Population of the parish, with Catton township and part of Edingale, 263."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish inlcudes the townships of Croxall and Catton and lies 116 miles north of the city of London. Catton lies north-north-east of Croxall.

Passenger rail service stopped here in July, 1928. Ben BROOKSBANK has a photograph of the now non-existant Croxall station on Geo-graph, taken in March, 1989.

Peter WOOD has a photograph of Croxall Road on Geo-graph, taken in the heart of the village in July, 2016.

You can see pictures of Croxall which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Croxall has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • The Saxons reputedly once had a fortified position on a tumulus near the church. I could find no evidence of archaeological digs.
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Manors

  • Croxall Hall dates from the 16th century.
     
  • Chris EATON has a photograph of Croxall Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 1992.
     
  • Mick MALPASS has a photograph of the Entrance to Catton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK197136 (Lat/Lon: 52.719698, -1.709785), Croxall which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
     
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • In December, 1866, the Township of Catton was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish.
     
  • In 1895, the entire parish was allocated to Staffordshire for civil administration.
     
  • In April, 1934, the Civil Parish was abolished and all the land amalgamated into Edingale Civil Parish (still in Staffordshire).
     
  • Cattons's district governance (It's the Derbyshire part) is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday.
     
  • There is an index of a couple of Croxall Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Croxall" from the list of parishes displayed.
     
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Tamworth Poorlaw Union.