Madeley History Books

A unique reference aid for family historians and those studying North Staffordshire history.
British Railways – Past & PresentNorth Staffordshire
Hugh Ballantyne

In this volume on Staffordshire, are over 220 photographs featuring the main lines through Stafford, Stone and Stoke. The Railways around Burton on Trent and Uttoxeter and Commuter lines around Walsall. Also closed lines through the county and a great deal more!

Malthouse Press


A guide to the administrative units of Staffordshire

By Tim Cockin

ISBN 0-9539018-1-5

136 illustrations and plans

This is the first volume in a new series of guides to the administrative units of Staffordshire. It focuses on Pirehill Hundred, which covers the unitary authority of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, the municipal boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford, the settlements of Abbots Bromley, Audley, Biddulph, Colwich, Eccleshall, Madeley and Stone. All ancient parish, township, ward and civil parish boundaries are shown on 47 separate parish maps, hand-drawn by the author.

There is an index of 10,561 places, each place identified to its respective old township. Tiers of government higher than the civil, the Poor Law Union/ District/ Borough and the County Electoral Division are shown. Each parish chapter has an abstract on parochial archives – for instance, parish registers, probate/ vestry records, old workhouses, deserted villages. The area of study is the Hundred.

In addition there is a large supplement showing a full list of members of parliament for all Staffordshire from medieval times to the present, with a full list of the Staffordshire Peerage and representatives at the European Parliament.

Tim Cockin is the author of the well-received The Staffordshire Encyclopaedia in 2000. The work is being sold locally through booksellers, and privately through
Malthouse Press, Grange Cottage,
Malthouse Lane, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9AQ,
Tel (01782) 372067. Mobile 07837 234203.

The North Staffordshire Village of Madeley
Piddock Video Films,  Price £10.99
Most People only catch a glimpse of the village of Madeley as they drive through on their way to the popular local garden centres. This video shows the many attractions of this quaint and pleasant village.

There are many books available from the library, some of which are out of print. They range from conservation, history and general information. Many books about Staffordshire contain sections relating to the village. Listed below are a few on the shelves of Newcastle library and also available to buy.

Old Madeley – An Album of Photographs. Compiled and Edited by Alan Treherne and Gordon Lancaster of Madeley Conservation Group.

Madeley Parish Paths A map of public rights of way and places of interest. Published 2003 by Madeley Parish Council from a suggestion by Fred Bailey. Drawn and illustrated by local artist Gordon Lancaster. Includes a copy of an article from The Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel of the 27th of May 1955.

Staffordshire Railway Stations on old picture postcards by Roy Lewis. Part of the ‘Yesterday’s Staffordshire’ series. Number 10. Published by Reflections of a Bygone Age, Keyworth, Nottingham. ISBN 1 900138 05 0. A selection of picture postcards featuring scenes early in the 20th century, with informative captions. Included are photographs of both of Madeley’s stations and also Pipe Gate station.

Madeley, Staffs: aspects of its landscape archaeology and history by Gordon Lancaster. Printed by Keele University Students’ Union Printshop. – ISBN 0-9534926-0-5. A thorough account of the landscape of Madeley. What started as a group project at Keele University, is written down here with a wealth of detail for historians, scholars and the casual reader with an interest in the locality. Included are at least a dozen detailed historical maps showing boundaries ditches and tithes, some of which are of A3 size. The period covered is from the 13th to the 19th century.

Stoke and North Staffordshire’s Railways (An Illustrated History of) by Allan C. Baker. Printed by Irwell Press. – ISBN 1-903266-11-4. A mainly pictorial account of the authors experiences of traveling around the area with camera in hand to photograph ex North Staffordshire Railway lines and buildings. Including pictures of late British railways locomotives and rolling stock. Two photographs of Leycett are shown along with a photograph of the Madeley chord with its’ signal box. A short account of the Market Drayton branch with pictures is also given.

The Water Mills of the Borough of Newcastle by George Riley. Published by The Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and The Centre for Local History, University of Keele. – ISBN 0-9513137-2-0. June 1991. Listings of the thirty seven mills in and around the borough, including the five in the Madeley area; Madeley Manor Wheel, Heighley Furnace, Bowsey Wood Corn Mill, Madeley Upper Mill (by the pool) and Madeley Lower Mill. A brief history of each is given along with Gordon Lancaster’s sketch of Bowsey Wood Mill.

Madeley and Leycett Collieries, by Allan C. Baker. (Issue 161 of the Industrial Railway Record). Published [1999 or 2000] by The Industrial Railway Society. Copies available (or were until recently) at £3.25 post free from R.V.Mulligan, Owls Barn, The Chestnuts, Aylesbeare, Exeter, Devon. EX5 2BY. – Points out the importance of the Madeley Branch Railway as one of the first private industrial railways in 1839. Many illustrations of locos, detailed maps, references to Leycett generally and to the blast furnaces at Madeley Heath 1841-54. Includes some interesting photographs of the landsale yard (wharf) in Wharf Terrace before the sidings were removed in the late 1950’s.

‘Madeley in Living Memory’ has been available since Wednesday, 13th December 2000, price £4.99. It was launched that morning from the Poolside cafe in the Methodist Church and is now on sale at Papers’n’Cards, Greyhound Court and at Newcastle Library. Author is Vicky Moss.

The New Madeley Manor House by Leslie Williams – A history of Madeley’s second manor house.

Keele, Madeley and Whitmore in Old Picture Postcards – A photographic history of the area containing information and pictures of Madeley at the turn of the century. (Also available from book stores)

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas In the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme – 3. The Southern part of the Borough published by – Planning and Development Department N-u-L.B.C.

The Old Parish Churches of Staffordshire and the West Midlands Mike Slater

Madeley – A History of a Staffordshire Parish. J. Kennedy M.A. published by – The Department of Adult Education – University of Keele 1970. Out of print. (Reference Section at Newcastle Library)

Madeley Staffordshire Robert Nicholls, Knightley – first published in 1935 – RL 942-1 MAD. Out of print. (Reference Section at Newcastle Library)

Topographical and Historical Description  of the County of Stafford – containing an account of it’s Towns, Cathedral, Castles, Antiquities, Churches, Monuments, Public Edifices, and Picturesque Scenery. – Rev. Mr. Nightingale. 942.46. First published in 1820. It includes, for some strange reason, an index for the county of Somerset. Of interest is a complete history from pre-Roman times. Out of print.

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