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This is a digest of  the Norton in Hales village school diary which starts on September 1, 1939 and runs to April 1943. Many of the entries are quite mundane and it would have been rather boring to reproduce it all. Events caused by the war and points to illustrate how...

These notes have been compiled from several sources. For more information about the owners of the land ‘Landed Estates and the Gentry’, vol .iii by Anthony Ruscoe is recommended. If anyone can correct errors or add information, the Webmaster would be very pleased to he...

In 1911 the census of England was taken on the nights of 2nd and 3rd of April. The census recorded detailed information on the people who spent the night in each household. There were 376 people in the village at that time, 185 females and 191 males, of which 4 were vi...

The tiled floor is similar to that which is in the church, the walls are painted sky blue.

There are only 3 surviving stain glass windows, of which are incomplete. It is believed from research that these would have been of St Luke, St Matthew, St Mark and St John.

The wo...

Norton-in-Hales Railway 1870 – 1956

Norton-in-Hales station was built by the North Staffordshire Railway Co. and it stood on the Stoke to Market Drayton Line. The N.S.R. Co was nicknamed the ‘knotty’ because they adopted the  Stafford knot as an emblem. This emblem was...

Fascinating connection with a very famous architect.

Lady Cotton Monument by Inigo Jones

  • Commisioned by Sir Rowland Cotton

  • Not completed until 1635 (Sir Rowland died in 1634)

  • Made from Derbyshire Alabaster

  • Believed to have cost £2,000

  • Moved to it’...

A county wide account

Sons of mine, I hear you thrilling

To the trumpet call of war;

Gird ye then, I give you freely

As I gave your sires before,

All the noblest of the children I in love and anguish bore.

So wrote the poet W N Hodgson in August 1914 as England to her Sons.


This section contains a Register of Electors for Norton in Hales parish and is dated 15th October 1949.

It has apparently been used for election purposes and probably for the general election of 1950. The lists have been pasted onto 3 large cardboard sheets and have the...

It has come to our attention that what was probably one of the best preserved medieval archaeological sites in the Market Drayton area has recently been largely destroyed.

An aerial photograph of the site, taken in 1994

(the photograph is reproduced by the kind permissio...

St. Chad was an Anglo-Saxon who lived in the 7th century and whose initial Christian Training took place on Lindisfarne. He came eventually to Lichfield as Bishop of the Mercian Saxons.

St. Chad’s church dates back to Norman times, the main building dating back to aroun...

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