Post Office Directory 1860
BETLEY, a parish in North Staffordshire, is in the North Pirehill hundred, Newcastle union, Lichfield diocese, Staffordshire archdeaconry, and Newcastle-on-Stone deanery, and in the county court district of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It is 3miles north from the Madeley station on the London and North Western railway, 142½ from London, 20 from Stafford, 49½
from Birmingham, 39 from Manchester, 33 from Macclesfield, and7½ west by north from Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The town is remarkably cheerful and pleasant, and consists of one wide street; in the vicinity is Betley Court, the handsome mansion of Francis Twemlow, Esq. and Betley Hall, the seat of Charles Wicksted, Esq. Near the village is a fine lake, called Betley Mere, belonging to the Earl of Wilton. A weekly market was formally held here, which is now obsolete: but fairs for cattle, &c., are held on the last Tuesday in April, July 31st, and the last Thursday in October. The Church of St. Margaret is a neat structure. It has a nave , chancel, aisles, and a tower at the west end containing 5 bells. The chancel was rebuilt in 1610, and the tower in 1713, but the nave and aisles are ancient, and are separated by four plain pointed arches of wood on each side, resting on pillars which were formed out of single trunks of trees. Affixed to the walls of the chancel are several monuments of the Egerton and Tollet families.
The living is a perpetual curacy, value £150, with residence, in the gift of Charles Wicksted, Esq., the lord of the manor; the Rev. Henry Turton M.A., is the incumbent. Here is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists; also a National School, principally supported by voluntary contributions, aided by an endowment of £6.10s.a year. In 1674 William Palmer left £75 in the hands of trustees, to be disposed of at their discretion for the use of the poor; this sum has been laid out in land, now let at £4.4s. a year, which is applied to apprenticing poor children of Betley. The poor have likewise several small benefactions, amounting to £$.14s a year, which is distributed in bread and clothing. The parish of Betley contains 1,368 acres of land. Here is some malting. Ravenshall is half a mile south; Bowsey is 1 mile south-east; Balterley is 1½ miles north. Wrinehill is a scattered village about a mile south-west from Betley, near the railway. It is partly in this parish, but mostly in that of Wybunbury, in Cheshire, and was anciently the seat of the Egerton family.
Post Office:- William Place, receiver. Letters arrive through Newcastle-under-Lyme at 9am.;dispatched at 5pm.
Money orders granted.
Savings Bank, at Reading-room; open last Tuesday in every month.
Inland Revenue Office, Black Horse Inn, Henry Richard Crouch, officer
PLACES OF WORSHIP:-
St. Margaret's Church, Rev. Henry Turton, incumbent; Rev Barrington Syer Baines, B.A. Curate.
National School, Mr. Joseph Maurey, Master;
Mrs. Harriet Maurey, Mistress.