In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ranton like this:
RANTON, or Ronton, a parish in the district and county of Stafford; on an affluent of the river Sow, 2¼ miles N by W of Haughton r. station, and 4¼ W by N of Stafford. It contains the hamlets of Hextells, Brough-Hill, Long Compton, Parknook, and Woodside; and its post town is Stafford. ...
Acres, 1, 970. Real property, with Coton, £3, 494. Pop., 280. Houses, 58. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Lichfield. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £93. Patron, the Earl of Lichfield. The church is tolerable; and there is a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ranton, in Stafford and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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