Ilam  Staffordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ilam like this:

ILAM, a village and a parish in the district of Ashborne and county of Stafford. The village stands in a picturesque vale, under the high limestone ridge of Bunster, near the source of the rivers Hamps and Manifold, 1 mile W of the foot of Thorpe Cloud and the entrance of Dovedale, and 5 NN W of Ashborne; is a place of remarkable beauty; contains a highly decorated hexagonal cross, erected in 1840 to the memory. ...

of Mrs. Mary Watts Russell; and has a post office under Ashborne. The parish contains also the hamlets of Castern, Throwley, and Rushley. Acres, 2, 939. Real property, £2, 316. Pop., 243. Houses, 41. The property is divided among a few. Ilam Hall is the seat of J. W. Russell, Esq.; was erected in 1823, on the site of an old mansion; is a noble edifice in the Tudor style; and contains a highly interesting collection of arms and pictures. The park around the mansion, or rather the entire vale of Ilam, abounds in beauty and romance; forms a great attraction to tourists through Derbyshire; and is said to have been Dr. Johnson's model of the Happy Valley in his " Rasselas. '' A grotto near the hall, still known as Congreve's Grot, was the place where Congreve wrote his " Old Bachelor, '' and part of his " Mourning Bride." The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £410. Patron, J. W. Russell, Esq. The church was beautifully restored in 1856; and contains an ancient font, S. Bertram's shrine, and other curious monuments. The old church had an ivy covered tower, and was very picturesque. A small Gothic chapel stands over the burial vault of the Russell family, and contains a highly artistic monument, with group of statuary, by Chantrey, to the memory of D. P. Watts. There is an endowed school, with picturesque schoolhouse.

Ilam through time

Ilam 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 Ilam itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ilam in Staffordshire Moorlands | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd June 2021

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