In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Norton in the Moors like this:
NORTON-IN-THE-MOORS, a township and a parish in Leek district, Stafford. The township lies on the Caldon canal and on the Biddulph branch of the North Staffordshire railway, around Ford-Green r. station, and 2 miles N E of Burslem; has a post-office under Stoke-upon-Trent; and contains the hamlets of Ford-Green, Norton-Green, Smallthorn, and Milton, and part of Whitfield ville, the other part of which is in Bemersley township. Real property, £13, 765; of which £4, 194 are in mines. ...
Pop. in 1851, 3, 106; in 1861, 4, 135. Houses, 832. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of the pottery trade. The parish contains also the township of Bemersley, and comprises 4, 234 acres. Real property, £15, 172. Pop. in 1851, 3, 327; in 1861, 4, 393. Houses, 877. The property is subdivided. Norton House is a chief residence. The land is hilly and bleak; but the substrata are rich in minerals. Pottery manufacture is largely carried on; coal is extensively mined:and there is a large iron foundry. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £550.* Patron, the Right Hon.B. Adderley. The church is good The vicarages, of Smallthorn, Brown-Edge, and Milton are separate benefices. There are Independent, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, national schools, and charities £10.
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 in the Moors 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 Norton in the Moors and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Norton in the Moors in Staffordshire Moorlands | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd October 2014
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