In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Freehay like this:
FREEHAY, a chapelry in Cheadle parish, Stafford; near Cheadle. It was constituted in 1847; and its post town is Cheadle, under Stafford. Pop., 643. Houses, 148. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £163. Patron, the Rector of Cheadle. The church is recent. There is a national school.
Additional information about this locality is available for Cheadle
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Freehay has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Staffordshire Moorlands. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Freehay and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Freehay in Staffordshire Moorlands | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th October 2016
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