Fazeley in 1868
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"FAZELEY, a post town, in the parish of Tamworth and included within the limits of the ancient borough of Tamworth, S. division of the hundred of Offlow, county Stafford, 1 mile S. of Tamworth, and 7 miles S.E. of Lichfield. It is situated on the old Roman road Watling Street, and on the Fazeley canal, which here divides into two branches, one uniting with the Trent and Mersey, and the other extending to Coventry and Oxford. The W. branch of the Midland railway has a station a short distance E. of the village. The liberties of Bangley, Bitterscote, Bonehill, and Dunstall are included in the parish.
Here are extensive bleaching and drying works, the water of the place being well adapted for that purpose; also cotton factories, wool warehouses, and a large iron foundry. There are many of the inhabitants employed in the collieries. The facilities of the inland navigation and the railway enable the manufacturers and owners to forward their goods to all parts of the kingdom.
The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. The church is a modern stone edifice dedicated to St. Paul. There are small charities producing about £3 per annum. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a chapel, and there is a National school. Fairs are held monthly as follows:-January, February, April, September, and December, the second Monday; March, July, August, and November, the third Monday; May and June, the last Monday in each month; and the Monday after Michaelmas Day (old style)."
"BANGLEY, a liberty in the township of Fazeley, in the parish and hundred of Tamworth, in the county of Stafford, 3 miles from Tamworth."
"BITTERSCOTE, (or Bidderscote), a liberty in the parish of Tamworth, hundred of Offlow, in the county of Stafford, close to Tamworth.
"BONEHILL, a liberty in the parish of Tamworth, and hundred of Offlow, in the county of Stafford, 2 miles from Tamworth. The principal residence is Bonehill House, the seat of E. Peel, Esq."
"DUNSTALL, a liberty in the parish of Tamworth, S. division of the hundred of Offlow, in the county of Stafford, 2 miles W. of Tamworth, its post town."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]