In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Colwich like this:
COLWICH, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in the district and county of Stafford. The village stands adjacent to the river Trent, the Grand Trunk canal, and the Trent Valley railway, near the junction of the North Stafford railway, 6½ miles ESE of Stafford; is beautifully situated; and has a r. station at the junction, and a post office under Stafford. The parish contains also the townships or hamlets of Fradswell, Bishton, Moreton, Wolseley, Shugborough, Swanmoor, and Mount-Priory, the post office of Wolseley-Bridge, under Stafford, and parts of the townships of Droiuton, Great Haywood, Little Haywood, and Hixon. ...
Acres, 8, 975. Real property, £26, 583. Pop., 1,828. Houses, 371. The property is subdivided. Shugborough Park, a beautiful mansion, amid charming grounds, is the seat of the Earl of Lichfield, and was the birth-place of Lord Anson, the great navigator. The living*is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £514. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is ancient; and contains monuments of the Ansons and the Wolseleys. The vicarages of Fradswell, Great Haywood, and Hixon are separate benefices. Charities, £79. -The sub-district contain s six parishes, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 21, 370. Pop., 4, 322. Houses, 893.
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 Colwich has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stafford. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Colwich and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Colwich, in Stafford and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd December 2014
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