Longton Staffordshire Family History Guide

Longton is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1802 from chapelry in Stoke upon Trent Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Longton St James.

Alternative names: Lane End, Lane End and Longton, Longton Town

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1764
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1764

Separate registers exist for Longton St James

  • Parish registers: 1834
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1834

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Plymouth Brethren, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Swedenborgian/New Jerusalem/New Church, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

Longton

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LONGTON, a town, a chapelry, and a sub-district in Stoke-upon-Trent district, Stafford. The town stands on the North Staffordshire railway, 5 miles SE of Newcastle-under-Lyne; is regarded as conterminate with the conjoint township of Lane-End and Longton; was formerly, as a town, called Lane-End; is situated in the southernmost part of the pottery region; was, in the last century, an obscure village; and has risen to be one of the most populous and flourishing of the seats of the pottery manufacture. It has a post office under Stoke-upon-Trent, and stations with telegraph on both the Crewe and Uttoxeter and the Stoke and Silverdale branches of the North Staffordshire railway; it contains a large number of excellent houses and shops; it is well supplied with water; and it has a handsome new town hall, a court-house, a spacious covered market, three churches, six dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an athenæum, a mechanics' institute, and a number of public schools. The court-house is a well built edifice; includes a police office; and is used for petty sessions, and for the meetings of the local police commissioners. The covered market was recently erected at great expense; is very conveniently arranged; and cost nearly £2,000 for merely its internal fittings. St. James' church is the church of Longton rectory; was built in 1833; is a stone edifice in the pointed style; and has a tower. The other two churches are those of the chapelries of Lane-End and Edensor. The Roman Catholic chapel was rebuilt in 1869, at a cost of £7,000. A nursery school and mission church was erected in 1866, at Mount Pleasant, the highest and most airy part of the town; and is an ornamental structure in the pointed style. A scheme was commenced in 1865 for that school and mission church, for other national schools, for the building of baths, for the obtaining of a public recreation ground, and for the reseating of St. James' church; and was estimated to require £6,000. A railway to Bucknall was authorized in 1866. A weekly market is held on Saturday; another market, for vegetables and fruit, is held, in summer, on Wednesday; and fairs are held on Shrove-Tuesday, Easter-Tuesday, Whit-Tuesday, and Martinmas-Tuesday. The manufacture of earthenware and porcelain, in all departments, is largely carried on; malting and brewing also are prominent; and considerable trade is done in connexion with neighbouring collieries and ironstone mines. The manor, with Longton Hall, belongs to J. E. Heathcote, Esq. Longton Hall is a chief residence. Foley House, in which John Wesley often preached, is still standing. Real property of the town in 1860, £38,371; of which £400 were in mines, and £220 in ironworks. Pop. in 1851, 15,149; in 1861, 16,690. Houses, 3,277. The chapelry was constituted in 1839. Pop. in 1861, 12,706. Houses, 2,514. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, not reported. Patron, Mrs. Clarke. The sub-district comprises Longton town and Botteslow township. Pop., 16,857. Houses, 3,308.

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

Lane End and Longton

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LANE-END and LONGTON, a township in Stoke-upon-Trent parish, and within Stoke-upon-Trent borough, Staffordshire; on the North Staffordshire railway, at the junction of the Hanley and the Silverdale branches, 2¾ miles SE of Stoke-upon-Trent. It contains the post, market, polling, and railway town of Longton. Real property, £38,371; of which £400 are in mines, and £220 in iron-works. Pop. In 1851, 15,149; in 1861, 16,690. Houses, 3,277. This township is part of the Potteries; it contained, toward the end of last century, no greater a seat of population than an obscure village; it acquired importance and wealth from vigorous working of the earthenware and porcelain manufacture; it possesses much coal, ironstone, brown limestone, with coloured marl, porcelain clay, and manganese; it presents a large aggregate of edificed area, with the features characteristic of the Potteries; and it has three churches, five dissenting chapels, several public schools, and other institutions. One of the churches is at Edensor; another is called St. James, Longton; and the third is called St. John, Lane-End. The last was rebuilt in 1792, and enlarged in 1827; and has a tower of about 1760. The living of it is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £280. Patrons, Trustees. See Edensor and Longton.

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

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Directories

Longton Staffordshire - Commercial Directory of the Jews of Gt. Britain. 1894

LONGTON

CAROLINE STREET. Cohen, I., 14; Bespoke tailor.

COMMERCE STREET. Fresner, H., 12 ; Custom tailor.

HIGH STREET. Epstein, M., 26 ; House-furnisher.

MARKET STREET. Goldstone, S., 9 ; Merchant tailor. Est. 1876.

STAFFORD STREET. Jacobson, S., 47 ; Wholesale and retail wall paper merchant.

Source: Commercial Directory of the Jews of the United Kingdom 1894 by Harfield, Eugene G.

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Administration

County: Staffordshire
Civil Registration District: Stoke upon Trent
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Stoke upon Trent
Poor Law Union: Stoke on Trent
Hundred: North Pirehill
Province: Canterbury