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Croxall, Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - pp.103-104
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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CROXALL is a parish on the river Mease, at the south-western extremity of the county, and partly in Staffordshire, with station on the Midland railway, 8½ miles south from Burton-on-Trent, 7 north from Tamworth, about 7 north-east from Lichfield and 116 from London, in the Southern division of the county, partly in the hundred of Repton and Gresley and partly in that of North Offlow, Swadlincote petty sessional division, Tamworth union and county court district, rural deanery of Repton, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The church of St. John the Baptist is a building of grey sandstone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a low western tower containing one bell of a tall narrow shape and of some antiquity: there was formerly also a south aisle, the built-up arcade of which is distinctly traceable, and which probably formed a chapel once appropriated to the Curzons : the chancel, chiefly Decorated work of the 14th century, has a low side window 23 by 18 inches on the south side; the tower is also of this period, but in the succeeding century considerable alterations were made and Perpendicular windows with embattled transoms inserted: this church contains a most unusual number of incised slabs of exceptional interest ; in the floor of the chancel is a large slab with the incised figures of a man in plate armour with a pointed helmet, and his lady, as well as some shields or arms, and a marginal inscription to Thomas Curson esq, and Margaret his wife (1485), in front of the communion table is a well-carved slab with the figures of two of his children, John and Mary, and invocatory sentences and an inscription; against the east wall remains a portion of the tombstone of John Coram and Anna his wife, dated 1500-14 : in the north-east angle of the chancel is a small incised slab to William, son of John Curzon (l487) : on the south side is an incised slab to George Curzon esq. and Katherine his wife (1605), the figure of the former being in plate armour and the latter in a ruff and brocaded petticoat: over the priest's door is a monument to Henry Curzon (1639) : on the chancel floor is a large incised slab with effigies under canopies of a man in plate armour, bareheaded, and a lady, together with shields and figures of six children and an inscription to John Horton and Anna his wife (1520); he was son of Roger Horton, of Catton and grandson of Roger Horton who first held this manor, and died in 1422 ; several other memorials of this family have been removed to the tower, but there are mural monuments extending from 1659 to 1764 : on the chancel floor is also an incised alabaster slab with two figures much worn, under canopies and an inscription to William Shepherd of Okeley esq. and Elena his wife (1500), and under the tower a small slab with the incised figure of a child in a chrisom, and an inscription to John Howes, of Okeley (1554) : there are other memorials to the Rev. Samuel Holworthy, vicar 1809-39: and to his wife (1864), to John Batterage Pearson LL.B also a former vicar and his family (1808) ; to Christopher Wilmot-Horton, for some years captain and adjutant, Coldstream Guards, d. 22 July, 1864, and to the Right Hon. Sir Robert John Wilmot-Horton, sometime governor of Ceylon, d. 31 May, 1841, and Annie Beatrix his widow, d. 4 Feb. 1871. There are 150 sittings, 80 being free. The register dates from the year 1588 and is in good condition. The living is a vicarage, average tithe rent-charge £396, gross yearly value £326 including 5 acres of glebe with residence in the gift of the Bishop of Lichfield and held since 1872 by the Right Rev. Thomas Nettleship Staley D.D. formerly fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and late Bishop of Honolulu. A great feature or interest near the church, rising up from the river Mease which divides the counties of Stafford and Derby, is an ancient Saxon tumulus supposed to have been once fortified. The Old Manor House, formerly the residence of the Curzons, and afterwards the property of the Earls of Dorset, now belongs to Thomas Levett-Prinsep esq. J.P. who resides here, and is lord of the manor. Mrs. Anson-Horton, of Catton and Thomas Levett-Prinsep esq. J.P. are the principal landowners. The soil is red loam ; subsoil, marl. The crops are wheat and barley. The area of the parish, which includes the township of CATTON and part of EDENGALE, is about 3,020 acres ; rateable value, £5,320 ; the acreage of the township of Croxall is 1,221 in Derbyshire; the population in 1881 was - of the parish, 290 : of the township of Croxall, 170. OAKLEY is the portion of Croxall township in Staffordshire. Howard F. Paget esq. is lord of the manor. The acreage is 735; the population in 1881 was 37.

Parish Clerk, John German.

Letters through Lichfield arrive at 9a.m. Alrewas is the nearest money order office & telegraph office. WALL LETTER Box cleared at 5 p.m

National Schools (mixed), for the parishes or Croxall & Edengale, Staffordshire, erected in 1860 for 85 children; average attendance, 65; Thomas Sage, master

Catton is a township and small scattered village on the Trent, 6½ miles south from Burton-upon-Trent and 1¼ south-west from Croxall station, in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, Burton-upon-Trent union and parish of Croxall. Catton township had a chapel or its own served by the vicars of Croxall from the time most probably of the Norman Conquest till about 1750 A.D. when it was destroyed; portions or the fabric, a structure of Later Perpendicular date, are still in existence in the Hall grounds as well as a font, part of a window &c. Divine service is now conducted in a temporary chapel provided near the Hall. Catton Hall is a noble mansion of brick pleasantly situated in a fine park of 92 acres, and is the seat of Mrs. Anson-Horton, lady of the manor and principal landowner. The area is 1,064 acres ; rateable value £1,650. The population in 1881 was 82.

Letters through Burton-upon-Trent arrive at 8 a.m. The nearest money order office is at Walton-on-Trent & telegraph office at Alrewas. LETTER BAG called for at 5.30


Levett-Prinsep Thos. J.P. Old Manor ho
Staley Right Rev. Thomas Nettleship D.D. Vicarage
Cartright Joseph, farmer
German John, farmer
Gilbert John, Black Horse P.H
Heath John, farmer
Stevenson Joseph, farmer
Wylie Robert, farmer


Anson-Horton Mrs. Catton hall
Arnold Charles, farmer
Norbury James, farmer
Stevenson Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer

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