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1851 William White Directory


William White 1851
Gazetteer & Directory of Staffordshire

BETLEY is one of the smallest and pleasantest market towns in the county, consisting of one wide street, on the Nantwich road, 7 miles W.N.W. of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and 3 miles S.S.E. of Basford Station, near the confines of Cheshire; the boundary line between the two counties extending here through the middle of a  fine lake of 80 acres, called Betley Mere, and abounding in pike perch, and other fish, some of which have been caught as heavy as30lbs.

The appearance of the houses is uncommonly  neat, and the town is ornamented by two very handsome  seats, which occupy the grounds in the immediate neighbourhood, viz. - Betley Hall and Betley Court, the former of which is the residence and property of George Tollet, Esq., and the latter of Fras. and T. F. Twemlow,  Esqrs.

The parish contains about 1480 acres of land, and 844 inhabitants. Mr. Tollet is lord of the manor, and the other principal proprietors are, Sir T. F. F. Boughey, who has a large estate here, and the Earl of Wilton, who owns Betley Mere.

The Market on Friday has long been of such trivial consequence, that it may be said to be obsolete; but there are three fairs for cattle &c. on July 31st, and the last Tuesday in April and October. The Parish wake is on the first Sunday after Oct 6th.  The Church,( St. Margaret )was one of the oldest in the country, but in 1841 / 42,it was renovated and enlarged, and the nave rebuilt, at a cost of more than £1200.  It has a tower and five bells.  The chancel was rebuilt in 1610, and the tower in 1713, The nave and aisles were the most ancient parts, and were separated by four pointed arches on each side, resting on rude pillars, which are "merely single trunks of trees," and the architrave's of the arches plain curved pieces of wood. The whole has been rebuilt of stone.  In the chancel are several neat mural monuments of the Egerton and Tollet families.

The Church was anciently in the appropriation of Ranton Abbey, and  is now a perpetual curacy, valued at £150, in the incumbency of the Rev Henry Turton who was appointed in 1810.  George Tollet, Esq., is the patron, and also Impropriator of the tithes. there is a neat Parsonage house;  and in 1717, the benefice was augmented with 20 acres of common land, given by Lord Powlett and other, and £200, obtained from Queens Anne's Bounty.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel in the town; and the parishioners have a benefit of an endowed School and several small benefactions.   A yearly rent charge of £4. 4s. for apprenticing poor children of Betley, is paid out of land called Rushy Heys, being purchased for that purpose with £75,left in 1674 by Wm. Palmer. The poor parishioners have the following yearly doles, viz. 10s as the interest of £10, left by Joseph Cope, in 1692;  40s. for bread, 30s. for clothing, and 40s. for schooling, left by Mary Lea; 10s. to the poor, and 10s to the school, left by Marmarduke Jolley;10s. for bread,  left by Richard Gorton; and 4s. for bread, left by Wm. Abnet.

The School was rebuilt partly by subscription, in 1826, and has four acres of land, let for £4 a year, which, with the small benefactions of Lea, Steele, and Jolley, forms its whole endowment. It is now conducted as a National School, and in it is kept a parochial Library.

WRINE HILL, 1 mile S. by W. of Betley, is a scattered village, on an eminence, partly in this parish, but mostly in that of Wybunbury, in Cheshire.  It was anciently the seat of the Egerton family; and between it and Betley is RAVENSHALL, containing a number of detached houses.

Marked 1, are at Ravenshall;   2, at Wrinehill;  and the rest are at Betley