"Castle Church parish is a fertile district, in the East Division of Cuttlestone Hundred, on the south side of the River Sow, opposite to Stafford, comprising 3460 acres of fertile land, and 1484 souls, 12 in Burton, 1318 in Forebridge and 154 in Rickerscote. These three liberties comprise the whole of the parish. Most of Forebridge forms a suburb of Stafford, and is in the Borough of Stafford. Lord Stafford is lord of the manors, and owner of the newly built Castle. He also owns about half the parish, and the rest belongs to a number of proprietors, some of whom have neat mansions here, viz, Thomas Hartshorne, Esq, of Silkmore House, John Henson Webb, Esq, of The Hough, George Keen, Esq, of Rowley Hall, and RW Hand, Esq, of Rowley Cottage. Silkmore House estate is noticed in Domesday Book under the name of Selchemore, and formerly belonged to the Mottershaw family.
Forebridge liberty is a large and well built suburb of Stafford, connected with Greengate Street by a neat stone bridge across the River Sow.
Rickerscote is a pleasant hamlet of scattered houses, two miles SW of Stafford, and adjoins the farms of Burton. The soil is a good light loam, in a high state of cultivation, and the low lands, which are mostly in pasturage, have been greatly improved during the present century, by drains and embankments, which protect them from inundation. Several saline springs have been found by digging in these meadows, and about 40 years ago a spa was discovered on the estate then belonging to TB Perkins, Esq, the water of which is said to resemble that of Cheltenham."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]