Place:Oakamoor, Staffordshire, England

Alt namesOakmoorsource: John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53°N 1.917°W
Located inStaffordshire, England
See alsoSouth Totmonslow Hundred, Staffordshire, Englandhundred of which the chapelry was a part
Cheadle, Staffordshire, Englandparish in which Oakamoor was a chapelry until 1896
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
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Oakamoor is a small village in north Staffordshire, England with a population of 828 in the 2001 UK census. It was a civil parish within Cheadle Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Staffordshire Moorlands District.

Although it is now a rural area, it has an industrial past which drew on the natural resources of the Churnet valley. Iron was smelted from medieval times. Copper and lumber were also important to the local economy. In the nineteenth century Thomas Bolton's copperworks near the River Churnet supplied copper wire for the first transatlantic telegraph cable. The buildings of the Thomas Bolton factory were demolished in 1966.

Prior to 1896 Oakamoor was a chapelry in the parish of Cheadle. In 1896 it was made into a separate civil parish. Some acreage from the adjacent parishes of Cotton, Farley and Kingsley were added to the area originally in Cheadle.

A 19th century description

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

"OAKAMOOR, or Oakmoor, a chapelry in Cheadle parish, Stafford; on the river Churnet and on the North Staffordshire railway, 3 miles E N E of Cheadle. It has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office under Stafford. The statistics are returned with the parish. The inhabitants are employed chiefly in cotton manufacture, and in collieries and brassworks. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £40. Patron, the Rector of Cheadle."

Note the sentence: "The statistics are returned with the parish." Census returns for 1841 through 1891 are found with those of Cheadle.

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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