In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Norton Canes like this:
NORTON-UNDER-CANNOCK, or Norton-Canes, a village and a parish in Penkridge district, Stafford. The village stands adjacent to Watling-street, near the S side of Cannock Chase, 1¾ mile E by S of Wyrley r. station, 2¼ N W of the Wyrley and Essington canal, 2¾ W N W of Brownhills r. station, and 5¾ N of Walsall, and has a post-office under Stafford. The parish contains also the hamlets of Little Wyrley and Brownhills. Acres, 4,077. Real property, £17, 599; of which £10,000 are in mines. ...
Pop. in 1851, 968; in 1861, 1, 628. Houses, 290. The increase of pop. rose from the extension of mining operations. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to W. Hanbury and P. F. Hussey, Esqs. Norton Hall and Wyrley Grove arechief residences; and the former belonged to the Bishops of Chester, and passed to the Aston family. Coal and ironstone abound; and the coal is extensively worked around Brownhills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £330.* Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1832, at a cost of £1, 220; has a pinnacled tower; and contains an ancient font. A section of the parish, containing a pop. of 783 in 1861, is within the chapelry of Ogley-Hay, constituted in 1854. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel, an endowed school with £39 a year, and charities £16.
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 Norton Canes has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Cannock Chase. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Norton Canes and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Norton Canes, in Cannock Chase and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th May 2016
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