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Norton in Hales

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"NORTON-IN-HALES, a parish in the Drayton division of the hundred of North Bradford, county Salop, 4 miles N.E. of Market-Drayton, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the river Tern, and is wholly agricultural. The soil consists of sand, with a subsoil of red sandstone of the new formation, which is quarried for building purposes. The tithes were commuted for corn-rents under an Enclosure Act in 1819. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £305. The church, dedicated to St. Chad, is an ancient stone structure, with a square pinnacled tower containing a clock and 3 bells. The church has monuments to the Cotton family and several others. The living was formerly held by Dr. Lightfoot, the Hebrew scholar. The parochial charities produce about £22 per annum. There is a village school for both sexes, endowed with an annuity of £10. The Primitive Methodists have a place of worship. Bellaport House is the principal residence. The Rev. H. K. Cokburn is lord of the manor."[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]

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