In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wolstanton like this:
WOLSTANTON, a village, a township, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Stafford. The village stands adjacent to the North Staffordshire railway, between Etruria and Burslem r. stations, 2 miles NNW of Stoke-upon-Trent; and has a post-office under Stoke-upon-Trent, a church almost entirely rebuilt in 1860 at a cost of £4,500, a Wesleyan chapel built in 1866, and charities £16. The township includes the village, and extends beyond it. Real property, £6,577. Pop. in 1851, 1,317; in 1861, 1,842. ...
Houses, 395. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of the earthen-ware trade. The manor belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster. The parish contains 12 townships, and comprises 10,739 acres. Pop. in 1851 ,22,191; in 1861, 32,029. Houses, 6,237. The property is much subdivided. Most of the area lies within the tract called the Potteries; and there are numerous porcelain and earthenware factories, many brick and tile yards, and several iron and steel works, engine works, and silk and cotton mills. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £350.* Patron, R. Sneyd, Esq. The vicarages of New Chapel, Chesterton, Mowcop, Silverdale, Tunstall, Kidsgrove, and Golden-Hill, are separate benefices.The sub-district includes only four townships. Pop., 9,653. Houses, 1,985.The district includes Tunstall sub-district, comprising all the rest of W. parish, and Burslem sub-district conterminate with Burslem parish. Acres of the district, 13,679. Poor rates in 1863, £13,938. Pop. in 1851, 42,916; in 1861, 54,356. Houses, 10,627. Marriages in 1866, 717; births, 2,853,-of which 203 were illegitimate; deaths, 1,960,-of which 1,079 were at ages under 5 years, and 14 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 5,466; births, 20,906; deaths, 12,595. The places of worship, in 1851, were 10 of the Church of England , with 6,183 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 350 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 120 s.; 1 of -Unitarians, the s. not reported; 14 of Wesleyans, with 5,261 s.; 6 of New Connexion Methodists, with 1,708 s.; 11 of Primitive Methodists, with 2,582 s.; 2 of the Wesleyan Association, with 1,556 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 500 s. The schools were 18 public day-schools, with 2,266 scholars; 59 private day-schools, with 1,750 s.; 40 Sunday schools, with 9,301 s.; and 4 evening schools for adults, with 46 s. The workhouse is in Chell township.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wolstanton, in Newcastle under Lyme and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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