Staffordshire Volume XI nearing publication

20 February, 2013 (All day)

Published by Boydell & Brewer ( the new volume is the fourteenth in the Staffordshire set and covers the parishes of Audley (including Talke), Betley, Keele, Madeley, and Trentham (including Blurton). It provides a wealth of new information culled from original research on such topics as: the medieval lords of Audley with their castles and architecturally important 14th-century church; the medieval borough of Betley and its timber-framed houses; the origins of Trentham priory; the ‘lost’ manor house and gardens of Wrinehill in Madeley; the founding of 17th-century schools at Audley, Madeley, and Trentham; the hitherto barely-known early history of coal mining, including a rare woman ‘coal mistress’ in the 18th century; the development of iron working from the middle ages, with the change