"High Offley, so called from its elevated situation upon a bold eminence, four miles SW of Eccleshall, is a scattered village, comanding an extensive prospect, and comprising within its parish 658 inhabitants, and about 3520 acres of land, including the hamlets of Shebden and Woodseaves. Miss Theodosia Hinckes is lady of the manor, which for many generations was held by the Skrymsher family, but a great part of the soil belongs to other proprietors, the largest of whom is T Cartwright, Esq. From the foundations of a Roman road, traceable in the fields a little north of the church, and from the great numbers of Roman coins, bricks, armour, pottery, etc, having been dug up on the side of the hill south of the churchyard, it has been conjectured that the Roman station Mediolanum, was at High Offley.
Shebden, or Shebdon, is a hamlet and large estate, occupying the southwestern and lower side of the parish, extending to Batchacre, and was, until the enclosure in 1809, mostly an extensive waste, abounding in peat, and having two large pools. Hill Hall, one and a half miles W of High Offley, is a large and handsome mansion, and is the seat and property of Thomas Cartwright, Esq, together with an estate of 500 acres, which was purchased of the late Richard Whitworth, Esq, by the late John Walford, Esq, who built the hall. The Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal crosses this estate through an embankment 45 feet in height, and over three aqueduct bridges.
Woodseaves hamlet is one mile SE of High Offley. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]