Kings Bromley in 1868


The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"BROMLEY REGIS, (or King's Bromley), a parish in the northern division of the hundred of Offlow, in the county of Stafford, 5 miles to the N. of Lichfield. It is situated on the banks of the river Trent, not far from the London and North-Western railway. This place was the seat of the earls of Mercia, one of whom, Earl Leofric, husband of the famous Godiva, died here in 1057. For a long period after the Norman Conquest it was held by the crown, and thus acquired the distinctive name of "King's" Bromley.

The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, worth £72, in the patronage of the Prebendary of Alrewas and Weeford, in the cathedral church of Lichfield. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the perpendicular style, and contains some fine old family monuments. Here is a free school for boys, founded by Richard Crosse in 1699, which has an income from endowment of £105. The other parochial charities produce about £90 a year. Bromley Hall is the seat of J. Lane, Esq., a descendant of Colonel Lane, whose sister distinguished herself by her brave service to Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. Mary Cowper, an inhabitant of Bromley, is stated by Plot, in his history of the county, to have lived to so great an age that she saw six generations of her descendants.


[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]