Talke is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1741 from Audley Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Talk-on-the-Hill, Talk-O’-Th‘-Hill

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1830

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

Parishes adjacent to Talke

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

TALK-O’-TH’-HILL, a township-chapelry, with a village, in Audley parish, Stafford; 1¼ mile SW of Kidsgrove-Junction r. station, and 5 NNW of Newcastle-under-Lyne. It has a post-office under Stoke-upon-Trent. Real property, £15,660; of which £10,030 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 1,973; in 1861, 2,406. Houses, 501. The increase of pop. arose from extension of coal mining and iron-manufacture. The hill indicated in the chapelry’s name commands a view over parts of nine counties. There is a sulphurous spring. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £138. Patron, the Vicar of Audley.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Talk-O’-Th‘-Hill, a chapelry, in the parish of Audley, union of Newcastle-under-Lyme, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill and of the county of Stafford, 5 miles (NNW) from Newcastle; containing 1611 inhabitants. The great north road formerly passed through the village, which is situated upon an eminence commanding a view into nine counties, with the mountains of North Wales in the distance. In the centre is a stone cross, where a market was once held. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £118; patron, the Vicar of Audley; impropriator, G. Tollet, Esq. The chapel is a small brick building, surmounted by a cupola; and an elegant church has lately been erected at Clough, in the chapelry, the cost of which, amounting to £5500, was defrayed by Mr. Kinnersley, of Clough Hall. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; also a free school erected in 1760. Adjacent to the village is a spring, the water of which is of a blue milky colour, strongly impregnated with sulphur, and much in request for cutaneous diseases.

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.

History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Staffordshire William White 1834

Talk-on-the-Hill or as it is vulgularly called Talk-O’-Th‘-Hill is a large village 5 miles N by W of Newcastle under Lyme standing upon a lofty eminence which commands an extensive view of the surrounding country as far as the Welch mountains. It is the head of a township and chapelry in which are a number of scattered houses in Butt lane, Harding’s Wood, Hollins, New road, and Red street; and two gentlemen’s seats viz Clough Hall Thomas Kinnerslev Esq and Lindley Wood James Caldwell Esq. These gentlemen and R E Heathcote Esq own roost of the land. The village of Talk has several inns and had formerly a weekly market which has long been obsolete though the stone cross still remains. The great northern turnpike road formerly passed through it but about seven years ago a new road was made half a mile further to the east for the purpose of avoiding the hill. The Church is a chapel of ease to Audley and is a neat brick edifice which was rebuilt in 1794 and enlarged in 1832 when the tower was again rebuilt. The vicar of Audley is the patron and incumbent. The Wesleyans have a chapel in Red street built in 1833. In the summer of 1781 a barrel of gunpowder exploded here in a carrier’s waggon whilst proceeding down the hill on the north side of the village and such were the dreadful effects of the explosion that the driver and horses were killed and two houses reduced to a heap of ruins. The unfortunate man (Joseph Fallows) was a stage coachman who had offered his services to drive the waggon down the hill while the carrier was taking some refreshment at the Queen’s Head. About a mile south of Talk is a sulphurous spring of a dirty bluish colour said to be very beneficial in cutaneous disorders.

The Free School at Talk on the Hill was built by subscription in 1760 and in 1761 it was endowed with seven acres of land purchased with 100 given bv John Bourn and Richard Edensor. This land is let for £15 a year, for which, and the use of the school house, the mistress teaches 14 free scholars. The chapel land purchased in 1752 with £200 from Queen Anne’s bounty is subject to a yearly rent charge £3 18s to be distributed in bread amongst the poor of Talk on the Hill in consideration of £90 poor’s money used in the purchase of the said land.

Source: 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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