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.
Norton in the Moors is now part of Staffordshire Moorlands district. Click here for graphs and data of how Staffordshire Moorlands has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Norton in the Moors itself, go to Units and Statistics.
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: 26th March 2017
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