Norton le Moors Staffordshire Family History Guide

Norton le Moors is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1779 from chapelry in Stoke upon Trent Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Norton in the Moors, Norton on the Moors

Other places in the parish include: Whitfield, Whitefields Ville, Ville, Smallthorne, Smallthorn, Norton Green, Milton, Ford Green, Bermersley, and Bemersley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1574
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NORTON-IN-THE-MOORS, a township and a parish in Leek district, Stafford. The township lies on the Caldon canal and on the Biddulph branch of the North Staffordshire railway, around Ford-Green r. station, and 2 miles NE of Burslem; has a post-office under Stoke-upon-Trent; and contains the hamlets of Ford-Green, Norton-Green, Smallthorn, and Milton, and part of Whitfield ville, the other part of which is in Bemersley township. Real property, £13,765; of which £4,194 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 3,106; in 1861, 4,135. Houses, 832. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of the pottery trade. The parish contains also the township of Bemersley, and comprises 4,234 acres. Real property, £15,172. Pop. in 1851, 3,327; in 1861, 4,393. Houses, 877. The property is subdivided. Norton House is a chief residence. The land is hilly and bleak; but the substrata are rich in minerals. Pottery manufacture is largely carried on; coal is extensively mined:and there is a large iron foundry. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £550. Patron, the Right Hon. B. Adderley. The church is good The vicarages, of Smallthorn, Brown-Edge, and Milton are separate benefices. There are Independent, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, national schools, and charities £10.

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

Parish Records

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