Place:Checkley, Staffordshire, England

Alt namesCheckley and Teansource: former name for parish
Beamhurstsource: village in parish
Hollingtonesource: village in parish
Hollingtonsource: alternate spelling of above
Teansource: village in parish
Tolesource: village in parish
Upper Teansource: village in parish
Lower Teansource: village or hamlet in parish
Nether Tynesource: alternate name for above
Nethertynesource: alternate name for above
Nether Lynesource: mistranscription of above
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.942°N 1.958°W
Located inStaffordshire, England
See alsoSouth Totmonslow Hundred, Staffordshire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Cheadle Rural, Staffordshire, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
Staffordshire Moorlands District, Staffordshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Checkley is a village and civil parish in the district of Staffordshire Moorlands in the English county of Staffordshire. The village is located in the valley of the River Tean and sits astride of A522. The village is 5.0 miles (8.0 km) northwest of the town of Uttoxeter and is 11.4 miles (18.3 km) southeast of Stoke-on-Trent.

The 2011 census recorded a population of 4,700 within the parish of Checkley in a total of 1,944 households.

A 19th century description

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

"CHECKLEY, a parish in Cheadle district, Stafford; on the river Tean, 2 miles NE of Leigh [railway] station, and 3¼ SSE of Cheadle. It contains the villages of Tean, Tole, Beamhurst, and Hollington, and part of the hamlet of Foxt; the last lying detached within Ipstones parish. Post town, Upper Tean, under Stafford. Acres: 6,036. Real property: £8,837. Population: 2,428. Houses: 531. Many of the inhabitants are employed in tape and cotton manufacture. The living is a rectory, united with the [perpetual] curacy of Hollington, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £576. Patron: Rev. E. Philips. The church is ancient, and has a tower; and the churchyard contains three pyramidal stones, with ancient rude sculptures. The vicarage of Tean is a separate benefice. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £194."

In 1831 the parish was known as Checkley and Tean. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time) Foxt has been redirected to Foxt. The Ordnance Survey map of 1900] also shows the hamlet or village of Lower Tean within the parish. If the River Tean was also known as the River Tyne in mediavel times, it is very possible that this was the settlement of Nether Tyne referred to in the family of Phelps or Phylyppes to be found here in WeRelate.

Staffordshire Research Tips

Reminder: Staffordshire today covers a much smaller area than formerly. The West Midlands now governs the southeastern corner of pre-1974 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, although ceremonially still part of Staffordshire, is a unitary authority covering a large well-populated part of the north of the county.

  • The William Salt Library is the reference library in Stafford and is adjacent to the county archive offices. They have an online catalogue of their holdings.
  • GENUKI lists other large libraries in Staffordshire for Wolverhampton, Burton-upon-Trent, Dudley, Walsall, and Sandwell. The last three of these places are now in the West Midlands and may hold items of local interest which are no longer housed in Staffordshire libraries and archives. For example, The Walsall Archives Centre keeps local census records and local church records.
  • The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry includes Staffordshire in its remit. It has branches in Stoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent and Wolverhampton. Publications are available through the BMSGH shop. Payments accepted by debit and credit card and by Paypal. Other family history and local history societies situated around Staffordshire are listed by GENUKI.
  • The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access. Free search index on its web-site to all its books. In many cases payment will be required to see the extract.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Staffordshire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish. The auxiliary website English Jurisdictions can also be helpful.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts (1837 onwards) and the rural and urban districts of the 20th century. They have just announced (August 2015) a future expansion to their data including 2011 census population data and links to post-1974 county organization.
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • Brett Langston's list of Staffordshire Registration Districts and parishes within each registration district from 1837 to the present can indicate where to find details of civil registration entries since the process began in England.
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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