"Tamworth is an ancient borough, and well built market town, pleasantly situated seven miles ESE of Lichfield, at the confluence and on the north banks of the rivers Tame and Anker, which here wind in circuitous routes through a highly cultivated and fertile district. The western half of the town, with the parish church, is in Staffordshire, and the eastern part, with the castle and market place, is in Warwickshire. The parish is also nearly equally divided between the two counties, and contains 9847 acres of land, and 8,671 inhabitants in eight townships: Tamworth Borough, Fazeley, Sierscote and Wiggington in Staffordshire, and Castle Liberty, Amington & Stonedelph, Bolehall & Glascote, and Wilnecote in Warwickshire.
Tamworth Borough township comprises the town and all the rest of the old municipal borough, and rather more than half its population is in Warwickshire. The town of Tamworth has a very clean and respectable appearance, surrounded by an extensive tract of rich meadows, through which the Tame and Anker glide in the most picturesque manner. Lady Bridge, or St Mary's Bridge, crosses the Tame here and Bole Bridge crosses the Anker. The Anker Viaduct, by which the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway crosses the Anker valley, near Bole Bridge, has 18 arches, rising 23 feet above the bed of the river. In various parts of the parish are several corn mills and two paper mills, but the calico print works and the woollen manufacture which formerly existed here, were discontinued many years ago.
Sierscote, or Syerscote, two and a half miles NNE of Tamworth, is a township of 480 acres and 48 souls. This estate was anciently a prebend of Tamworth, but now belongs to Joseph Earp, Esq, who has a pleasant mansion here. The other dwellings are merely a few cottages.
Wiggington is a village one and a half miles N of Tamworth, comprising within its township 3700 acres and 860 inhabitants, and the hamlets of Comberford, two miles NNW, and Coton and Hopwas, from one to two miles W of Tamworth. The Hon Mrs Howard is lady of the manor of Hopwas, and owner of the large mills at Comberford, but the greater part of the township belongs to Thomas Ashworth, Esq, and several other proprietors. Wiggington Lodge, a neat mansion, is the seat of Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, MD, who was created a baronet in 1831, and lived in Norfolk till 1845. Comberford Hall is the pleasant seat of William Tongue, Esq. Alder Mills, on the Tame, half a mile W of Tamworth, are now occupied by C Fisher & Co, paper manufacturers and stainers.
Fazeley was a chapelry to Tamworth and details can be found on the Fazeley
The townships in Warwickshire belonging to Tamworth parish are as follows:
Amington & Stonedelph, the former one and a half miles E, and the latter two miles SE of Tamworth, have in their township many scattered houses, 2167 acres of land and 383 inhabitants. Amington Hall is the seat of Rear-Admiral Edward Henry à Court Repington, the lord of the manor.
Bolehall & Glascote are two villages, the former on the River Tame, opposite Tamworth, and the latter one mile further to the east. They give name to a township of about 900 acres, and 718 inhabitants, increased recently owing to the establishment of a large colliery, and a manufactory of glazed stoneware sewerage pipes, vitrified bricks, etc, which now employs about 350 hands. Lord Charles Townsend is lord of the manor, but the Peel, Bamford, and Smith families have estates here.
Wilnecote, a large village, two miles SSE of Tamworth, has a small railway station, and its township comprises about 1000 acres, and 824 souls, including Dosthill House, now unoccupied, and many scattered dwellings. Wilnecote Hall is the pleasant seat of Major Bamford. Sir Robert Peel, Bart, is lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil.
Tamworth Castle liberty is a narrow township, extending about two miles south from the Castle, between Fazeley and Wilnecote townships, and including Park Colliery, Two-Gates, Thistley-Field, a stone quarry, 78 inhabitants, and about 300 acres of land."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]