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"Chebsey is a small scattered village in the narrow valley near the confluence of Eccleshall water with the River Sow, two and a half miles E of Eccleshall, and five miles NW of Stafford. Its parish contains two manors and townships, Chebsey, which includes the hamlet of Shallowford, one mile to the NE, and contains 401 inhabitants and 2812 acres of land, of which the Earl of Lichfield is lord and principal owner, and Cold Norton, a township of four farms, two miles NW of Chebsey, containing only 41 inhabitants, and about 1100 acres of land, all belonging to Ralph Sneyd, Esq. Between Cold Norton and Chebsey is Norton Bridge Station, at a junction of the London and North Western with the North Staffordshire Railway.
Hilcote Hall, the seat of WS Dixon, Esq, belongs to the Earl of Lichfield, and was anciently the seat of the Noels."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

 

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Census

The population of Chebsey parish was as follows:
1831 -- 414
1841 -- 442

 

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Churches

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Church History

"The parish Church stands above the village of Chebsey, and is an ancient Gothic structure, dedicated to All Saints. The living is a vicarage in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral, and incumbency of the Rev. L Panting."

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

Postcard of All Saints Church c1903.

 

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Church Records

Church of England Registers
The surviving parish register of the parish church of All Saints commences in 1713. The original registers for the period 1713-1869 (Bapts), 1754-1837 (Mar) & 1713-1750 (Bur) (with some gaps and illegibility in early years) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1660-1845 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
A transcript of the registers for the period 1660-1812 was published by the Staffordshire Parish Register Society in 1965 and has been reprinted by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

 

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Description & Travel

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

Conservation Area Appraisals for Chebsey  - interesting accounts of the areas, with excellent historical detail, numerous photographs and maps.

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Gazetteers

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

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

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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Chebsey 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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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ860287 (Lat/Lon: 52.855608, -2.209356), Chebsey which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

The parish became part of Stone Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

 

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Taxation

A transcription of the Hearth Tax Returns 1666 for Chebsey Constablewick

A transcription of the Hearth Tax Returns 1666 for Cold Norton Constablewick