Place:Brereton, Staffordshire, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates52.7457°N 1.9227°W
Located inStaffordshire, England     ( - 1934)
See alsoLichfield Rural, Staffordshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Cannock Chase (district), Staffordshire, Englandmunicipal district in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Brereton is a former village in the Cannock Chase District of Staffordshire, England. It once had a separate identity but is now effectively subsumed into the town of Rugeley, although it is in the current civil parish of Brereton and Ravenhill. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 6,524.

In 1934 the civil parish was abolished and the area was divided between the parishes of Cannock, Rugeley, Brindley Heath and Armitage with Brindley Heath receiving the largest area.

Once mining was a big part of this area. The Leahall Mine was the largest, but there were also several smaller mines in the area. The gazetteer quotation below states that the mining was for coal.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Brereton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BRERETON, a chapelry in Rugeley parish, Stafford[shire]; adjacent to the Trent Valley railway, 1 mile SE of Rugeley. It was constituted in 1843; and it has a post office under Rugeley. Population: 1,359. Houses: 281. Coal is worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £164. Patron: the Vicar of Rugeley. The church is in the early English style, and has a fine spire. There is a Wesleyan chapel."

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