Burntwood Post Office Directory 1876

Burntwood and Chasetown with the hamlets of Edial and Woodhouses, form a joint township in the Eastern division of the county parish of St Michael’s Church in  Lichfield, South Offlow hundred Lichfield county court district and union, rural deanery of Lichfield, archdeaconry of Stafford and diocese of Lichfield, pleasantly situated from 3 to 4 miles west from the city, 1½ miles north from Hammerwich station and 120 miles from London. In 1845 the ecclesiastical parish of Burntwood was formed. Christ Church is a brick building with square tower, and was built in 1819, on a piece of ground given by Sir Robert peel and consecrated in 1820. The register dates from the year 1820. the living is a rectory, yearly value about £300 with 6acres of glebe and residence in the gift of the vicar of St Mary’s Lichfield, and held by the Rev George POOLE B.A. (see also) of Queens College Cambridge. The Free school was founded in 1769 by Mrs Elizabeth BALL and has a small endowment. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel at Burntwood. Maplehayes, a handsome brick mansion on a bold eminence about a mile west of Lichfield is the seat of Mrs Elizabeth SHAWE (see also). The County Lunatic Asylum is situated on a hill, and has a commanding view of the surrounding country: it was opened at the end of the year 1864, and will hold nearly 500 patients: the cost of erection the purchase of 98 acres of land, and the furniture of the establishment up to the present year (18760 has been £75,000. The Marquis of Anglesey, who is lord of the manor, and Mrs SHAWE are the principal landowners. The soil is sandy loam; subsoil, various- clay, rock and sand. The chief crops are turnips, barley and wheat. Burntwood with the enclosed portion of Cannock Chase in this parish, contains together 2000 acres, which are now considerably built upon for the accommodation of the colliers; Edial 360 acres; Woodhouses, 1389 acres; rateable value £23,708; the population n in 1871 was, in the township 4,525 and in the parish 2,168.

POST OFFICE. - Charles Gee, receiver. Letters arrive from Lichfield at 8.25 a.m.; dispatched at 5.40p.m.  The nearest money order offices is at Lichfield.

FREE SCHOOL, Thomas Smith, master

CHASE TOWN, situated on Cannock Chase, and forming a joint township with Burntwood, in the parish of St Michael’s Lichfield is a thriving and rapidly increasing village about 1½ miles north from Brownhills station and 2½ miles west from Burntwood surrounded by a large scattered population who find employment at the extensive collieries first opened in 1849 by the Marquis of Anglesey, and now considerably extended by the present owners known as the Cannock Chase Colliery Company Limited. The Company have a branch railway communicating with the South Staffordshire line and another branch forming a junction with the Walsall and Rugeley line, and also a canal communication with Birmingham. This was an extensive unenclosed heath and now being fast enclosed and brought into cultivation. In 1867 an ecclesiastical parish was formed here from St Michael’s Lichfield and St Anne’s Church, a handsome brick building with Bath stone dressings, in the Byzantine style was erected and endowed at the sole expense of the Cannock Chase Colliery Company Limited; it has a chancel, nave, aisles with baptistery and contains 700 sittings all free and unappropriated. The register dates from the year 1866. The living is a vicarage yearly value 3350 with residence in the gift of the trustees of the late John Robinson McClean (see also) and held by the Rev John Montague Seaton M.A. (see also) of Hertford College Oxford. The Cannock chase Colliery Company have likewise erected a building for Day and Sunday schools, and schools at Chase Terrace in 1875 to hold 300 children. There are Primitive and Wesleyan Methodist chapels, both built by subscription. The area is 3000 acres: the population in n1871 was 2,548.

Parish Clerk George Dunn

Post & Money Order Office & Post Office Savings Bank, Chase Town: - Miss Rebecca Pugh receiver. Letters arrive at 8.40a.m. & Despatched at 6.30p.m.

Schools: -

Colliery (no1) Chase Town Elijah Wills master (see also); Miss Kate Loyde mistress.

Colliery (No2) Robert Smith master; Miss Isabel Nicholson mistress; Miss Sarah Goodwin infants mistress.

Bradburne Misses, Woodhouses
Chawner Mrs Croft, The Abnalls
Davis Robert Alexander M.D. Asylum
McCulley James Montgomery
Meddicks Charles Richard, Ediall
Morgan Arthur Carey, Ediall cottage
Poole Rev. George, B.A. rector the Rectory
Shawe Mrs Maplehayes

Barnes Walt. farmer Ashmore Brooke frm
Bayley Alfred Masefield, farmer Bilston brook
Bird Benjamin, farmer
Bott Thomas, boot maker
Brindley Henry Spurrier, land & commission agent Ediall
Burgess Thomas, Ball inn
Burton Thomas farmer Woodhouses
County Lunatic Asylum (Robert Alexander Davis MD resident physician & Superintendent; George Guthrie MB assistant medical officer; Rev T.B. Mundy
M.A. chaplain; Mr C.R. Middecke, clerk & storekeeper
Coxon John Lawrence, farmer Pipe Hall Woodhouses
Davis Robert Alexander M.D. superintendent of the County Lunatic Asylum
Dawson William, beer retailer
Derry Isaac John farmer
Derry Joseph beer retailer retired Biddulph’s pool
Derry Catherine Mrs Lord Nelson & butcher
Earp John, farmer
Getley Thomas, blacksmith Burntwood Green
Gilbert Edmund farmer Stafford road
Hall Edward, wheelwright
Hodgkins Edward, Nether Lane
Hodson Job, shopkeeper & brick maker
Horton William, farmer
Lane John, farmer
Monk William, White Swan Cannock Chase
Morgan Arthur Carey, surgeon Ediall cottage
Morris john Nag’s Head
Preston Thomas, farmer Ediall
Sankey Thomas farmer Woodhouses
Styche Henry jun farmer Woodhouses
Styche John, farmer, Ediall hall
Taylor William, farmer Ashmore brook
Tudor Charles, brick maker & farmer, Fulfen house
Ward George, farmer, Padbury Lane
Webb Mary Ann Mrs., Star, The Green
Webb Thomas, farmer, Ediall
Williams Thomas, farmer Woodhouses
Williams William beer retailer, Boney Hay

Chase Town Cannock Chase
Clarke James M.D.
Horton Walter
Seaton rev John Montague, M.A. vicar, vicarage
Sopwith Arthur,C.E.
Williamson William, beer retailer Boney Hay

Atkins Enoch, grocer
Austin Isaac, shopkeeper Cannock Chase
Baker Christopher, beer retailer
Baker James, beer retailer
Bickley William, Swan
Brawn John, ironmonger & cooper
Buck Arthur, chemist druggist & seeds man
Cannock Chase Colliery Co Limited
Carswell John farmer
Clarke James, M.D. surgeon
Cockayne Charles, builder
Cooke Joseph, Queens’s hotel
Cox Ellen Mrs grocer
Dunn Arthur, Travellers Rest, Cannock Chase
Edwards Edwin, Crown
England William, beer retailer
Evans Solomon, beer retailer
Follows John, shopkeeper
Hastalow James, market gardener, Cannock Chase
Haynes Joseph, Uxbridge Arms  & Two Oakes Chase Terrace
Hinley Richard, berlin repository
Horton Walter, surgeon
Instone George, grocer
Jackson William, collier engineer
Jennings George, butcher
Leedham John, beer retailer, Cannock Chase
Lloyd John, tobacconist
Mence John Silvester, tobacconist
Norris James, grocer
Oakes Francis John Cox, linen draper, clothier & bedding manufacturer
Oakes Thomas, grocer
Pemberton Henry, greengrocer
Price Joseph, beer retailer & builder
Pugh Rebecca, (Miss) linen draper & ironmonger & agent for W & A Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Richards James, grocer
Richards Sarah Ann (Mrs) china & glass dealer
Saunders Henry Lawton, surveyor to the Cannock Chase Colliery Co Ltd
Sirdfield Samuel, boot & shoe manufacturer
Smedley Henry, Staffordshire Knot
Smith Joseph, colliery viewer
Sopwith Arthur, manager Cannock Chase Colliery Co
Stonier Walter, Junction inn
Williamson Henry, chief cashier to the Cannock Colliery Co
Wills Elijah, clerk to Gas Co
Wooliscroft George, paperhanger
Wright Henry. Grocer