"Baswich, or Berkswich, near Stafford, is a large parish without a village of its own name, divided into the two townships of Baswich & Brockton, in Stafford Union, and the township of Acton-Trussell with Bednall, in Penkridge Union. The whole parish contains 1448 souls and 6200 acres of land, including parts of Cannock Chase, in which the farmers have common rights. The parish is skirted on the north by the River Sow, and on the west by the Penk.
Baswich, or Berkswich township comprises 1600 acres of land, and the pleasant hamlets of Radford, Weeping-Cross, Walton and Milford.
Brockton is a township and scattered village, nearly four miles SE by E of Stafford, containing 800 acres, of which 730 belong to William Fawkener Chetwynd, Esq, of Brockton Hall, an ancient mansion in a pleasant park, near which is Brockton Villa, the modern seat of Henry Chetwynd, Esq. Here is an excellent freestone quarry, and a fine stratum of clay, of which large quantities of bricks are made.
(Acton Trussell and Bednall formed a chapelry in Baswich parish and details can be found on the Acton Trussell page.) "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]




Transcripts of the Monumental Inscriptions of the War Memorials of Baswich, Walton and Weeping Cross have been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.



The population of Baswich parish (including Acton-Trussell & Bednall) was as follows:
1831 -- 1329
1841 -- 1448




Church History

"The parish Church, Holy Trinity, stands on the east bank of the Penk, at a considerable distance from any of the hamlets, two miles ESE of Stafford. It was rebuilt, with brick many years ago, except the ancient stone tower, which still remains.
The vicarage is in the alternate patronage of the Rev C Inge and JN Lane, Esq, and incumbency of the Rev. Thos Leveson Lane, MA, of Wasperton, Warwickshire for whom the Rev HB Scougall, BA, officiates.
Walton Church, St Thomas, is a handsome structure in the early English style, and was built in 1843 as a chapel of ease to the parish church."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)

The churches of Acton Trussell and Bednall were chapelries in Baswich parish and details can be found on the Acton Trussell page.

Postcard of Holy Trinity Church c1910.



Church Records

Church of England Registers
The parish register of the parish church of Holy Trinity, Baswich with Walton, commences in 1601. The original registers for the period 1601-1937 (Bapts), 1601-1974 (Mar), & 1601-1909 (Bur) and Banns for the periods 1754-1812 & 1823-1843 are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1662-1883 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
A transcript of the registers of Baswich with Walton, Holy Trinity, 1571-1812, was published by the Staffordshire Parish Register Society in 1905, and has been reprinted by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.


Description & Travel

A transcription of the section on Baswich from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)

Conservation Area Appraisals for Walton-on-the-Hill  - interesting accounts of the area, with excellent historical detail, numerous photographs and map



The transcription of the section for Baswich from the Topographical Dictionary of England (1859)

The transcription of the section for Baswich from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

The transcription of the section for Baswich from the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ943222 (Lat/Lon: 52.797331, -2.085978), Baswich which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

The townships of Baswich and Brockton became part of Stafford Union and the Township of Acton Trussell with Bednall became part of Penkridge Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.