Biddulph  Staffordshire


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

BIDDULPH, a parish in the district of Congleton and county of Stafford; on the Stoke and Congleton railway, around Gillow-Heath station, 3 miles SSE of Congleton. It consists of the four hamlets of Over-Biddulph or Overton, Nether-Biddulph, Middle-Biddulph, and Knypersley; and its Post Town is Congleton. ...

Acres, 5,635. Real property, £14,544; of which £4,622 are in mines. Pop., 3,468. Houses, 692. The property is much subdivided. Biddulph Hall, a picturesque Tudor edifice, was anciently the seat of the Biddulph family; but is now mainly a ruin, and partly a farmhouse. Knypersley Hall is the seat of J. Bateman, Esq. The land is largely moorish and hilly; and a peak of it, called Mow Cop, 1,091 feet high, commands fine prospects, even to the Mersey. A tract, called Biddulph Moor, is inhabited by a sort of gipsey tribe, a people of peculiar habits, said to have descended from a Saracen, who came to England in the train of a Crusader. Coal, ironstone, and limestone are extensively worked; and several kinds of manufacture are carried on. Remains of a Druidical temple, known as the Bride Stones, and of three curious artificial caves, are on the N border. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Knypersley, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £122. Patron, J. Bateman, Esq. The parish church is a substantial edifice, with a tower; and Knypersley church is a structure of 1849, in the early English style. Another church, in the Norman style, was built, in 1863, at Biddulph Moor; and forms a separate charge. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £22.

Biddulph through time

Biddulph 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 Biddulph itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th April 2024

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