Longnor in 1859


Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis - 1859

LONGNOR, a market-town and chapelry, in the parish of ALSTONFIELD, union of LEEK, N. division of the hundred of TOTMONSLOW and of the county of 
STAFFORD, 10 miles (N.E.) from Leek, and 162 (N.N.W.) from London; containing 485 inhabitants. The town is situated in the most northerly part of the county, near the source of the river Manifold; and here a small canal terminates, which commences in the parish of Sheen, where it joins the Manifold. The market is on Tuesday: fairs are held on the Tuesday before Feb. 13th, Easter-Tuesday, May 4th and 17th, Whit-Tuesday, and a cheese-fair on November 12th.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £102; patron, Vicar of Alstonfield; impropriators, the family of Crewe. The chapel, which is dedicated to St. Giles, is a neat edifice of stone, with a lofty pinnacled tower: in the cemetery is a tombstone to the memory of W. Billinge, a native of Fairfield, who, after long military service, died in 1791, at the age of 112 years. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and a small school is endowed with about £6 per annum.


[Description(s) from The Topographical Dictionary of England (1859) by Samuel Lewis - Transcribed by Mike Harbach ©2020]