Kings Bromley in 1859
Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis - 1859
BROMLEY, KING'S (ALL SAINTS), a parish, in the union of LICHFIELD, N. division of the hundred of OFFLOW and of the county of STAFFORD, 5 miles (N. by E.) from Lichfield; containing 718 inhabitants. This place was formerly the residence of the Earls of Mercia, and Godiva, Countess of Leicester, was buried here.
The road from Lichfield to Ashbourne in Derbyshire, runs through the parish, and the river Trent passes the village, about a mile from which is a wharf communicating with the Grand Trunk Canal. The parish comprises 3463a. 3r. 16p., of which upwards of 1700 acres are arable, 1300 pasture and meadow, and nearly 200 in plantations.
The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Prebendary of Alrewas and Weeford in the Cathedral of Lichfield, to whom also the appropriation belongs; net income, £72. The great tithes have been commuted for £320, and the small for £105; the glebe consists of 10 acres. The church is in the early English style. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.
A school was founded, in 1699, by the Rev. Richard Crosse, who endowed it with property, now producing £110 per annum; and a school, containing 20 girls, is supported by Mrs. Lane. Almshouses for 7 widows were also founded, and partly endowed, by the Rev. Richard Crosse.
[Description(s) from The Topographical Dictionary of England (1859) by Samuel Lewis - Transcribed by Mike Harbach ©2020]