"Waterfall is a small scattered village in the Moorlands, seven and a half miles SE by E of Leek, deriving its name from the curious phenomenon of the river Hamps, which having flowed about eight miles from its source, suddenly disappears , near Waterhouses, among the limestone rocks, where it pursues a subterraneous course to the neighbourhood of Ilam, where it again appears, and forms a confluence with the Manyfold. The parish contains about 1600 acres and 446 inhabitants, and includes most of the village of Waterhouses, one mile S, the hamlet of Wilkhill, one and a quarter miles SW of Waterfall, and a small portion of Calton chapelry.
Waterhouses is partly in Cauldon parish.
Winkhill has a corn and paper mill, a foundry, and a colour manufactory, six miles SE of Leek.
Calton formed a chapelry to Waterfall parish and details can be found on the Calton
parish page. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]