Audley's Parish Church of St James
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Audley is a large village in Staffordshire, England. It is the centre of Audley Rural parish, approximately four miles north west of Newcastle-under-Lyme and 3 miles from Alsager near the Staffordshire-Cheshire border.
The first mention of Audley is in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was called Aldidelege, when the lands were held by a Saxon called Gamel. At this time, the area was very sparsely populated, and because of its distance from the major towns of Stafford and Chester there was little outside contact. There was a medieval castle at Audley Castle Hill during the late 13th century; only a low earthwork remains of the former motte. Excavations have yielded some stonework.
The parish church of St James is on Church Street, at the top of Wilbraham's Walk. Christians have met together on the site of the present church building for nearly 1000 years. Part of the Lichfield Diocese of the Church of England, the church is linked to St John's, Alsager's Bank and St Martin's, Talke in a united benefice established by the Diocese. It is a Grade II* listed building,
Thomas Audley, whose commemorative brass is in St James Church in Audley, was the son of the second Lord Audley, James (Baron Audley of Redcastle and Heleigh) and Elizabeth Lestrange of Knokyn. James 2nd Baron Audley's first wife was Joan Mortimer, daughter of Roger Mortimer. James's cousin Sir James Audley was Edward 'The Black Prince's' hero on the battlefield who was created 21st Knight of the Garter. Sir James's father was Hugh Audley Baron Audley of Stratton.
The volunteer-run Audley Theatre is located in the former Coronation Cinema on Hall Street.
The cinema was originally opened in 1911. In the 1930s it was renamed the Palace Cinema, and after 1962 was converted into a bingo club. It later stood empty. It was purchased by the Audley Players in 1967, and renovated; in 1969 the Audley Theatre was opened by Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch.
Audley has football, cricket and bowling clubs within the village.
For the 2010–2011 season the football club played in Division 1 of the Staffordshire County League Staffordshire County Senior League. Audley Cricket club play in the North Staffs South Cheshire Premier League North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League, which they won in 2007. Audley climbing centre offers a wide range of activities to the local area and Audley's Kent Hills cricket ground has hosted 3 Minor Counties games; v Shropshire in 2010 and v Suffolk in 2009 and 2006.
- Robert Latham (1912–1995), academic and editor of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, was born in Audley
- Ronnie Jepson (born 1963), footballer for Port Vale and Burnley
- "Audley Rural Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Historic England. "Church of St James (Grade II*) (1038613)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- "Audley Theatre" Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
- "Kent Hills Ground". espn cric info.
- "Home page". Thomas Boughey Academy. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- Audley Parish Millennium 1000 – 2000 AD, ed. Robert Speake
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