Audley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Bignall End, Eardley End, Park End, Knowl End, Knowl End with Shaley Brook, and Halmer End.

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1674

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Audley

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AUDLEY, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Newcastle-under-Lyne, Stafford. The township lies 3 miles W of Harecastle tunnel on the Grand Trunk canal, 3 S of Alsager r. station, and 5¼ NW by N of Newcastle-under-Lyne. It has a post office under Newcastle-under-Lyne; and it gives the title of Baron to the family of Touchet. Real property, £4,189. Pop., 1,556. Houses, 317. The parish includes also the liberty of Halmer-End, and the townships off Talk-o’ th’-Hill, Eardley-End, Knowl-End, Bignall-End, and Park-End. Acres, 8,530. Real property, £30,383, of which £11,431 are in mines. Pop., 6,494. Houses, 1,330. The property is much subdivided Heleigh Castle, now a ruin, was the seat of the Audleys. Coal and ironstone are worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £520. Patron, the Rev. E. Gilbert. The church was restored in. 1846 and 1856, and has some fine features. The vicarage of Talk o’-th’-Hill is a separate charge. There are Methodist chapels. Vernon’s grammar school has an endowed income of £115, and other charities have £35.-The-subdistrict comprises two parishes and part of a third. Acres, 11,171. Pop., 7,625. Houses, 1,566.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Eardley End

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Eardley-End, a township, in the parish of Audley, union of Newcastle-under-Lyme, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill and the county of Stafford, 5 miles (N.W.) from Newcastle; containing 146 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Shaley Brook

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Shaley-Brook, a hamlet in Audley parish, Stafford; 4 ¼ miles NW of Newcastle-under-Lyne.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Audley History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Staffordshire William White 1834

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  • County: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Newcastle under Lyme
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Newcastle under Lyme
  • Poor Law Union: Newcastle under Lyme
  • Hundred: North Pirehill
  • Province: Canterbury

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