The village of Church Leigh
|OS grid reference|
|• London||148 mi (238 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Leigh is a civil parish in the English county of Staffordshire. The parish includes the village of Church Leigh, together with the settlements of Withington, Upper Leigh, Lower Leigh, Morrilow Heath, Middleton Green, Dods Leigh, Godstone and Field.
Church Leigh is 6.2 miles (10.0 km) WNW of the town of Uttoxeter, 14.3 miles (23.0 km) north east of Stafford and 148 miles (238 km) north west of London. The other settlements are within 3 miles (4.8 km) of Church Leigh.
The Aston family were the main landowners here in the seventeenth century. They were a junior branch of the prominent Staffordshire family of that name. The senior branch held the Scots title Lord Aston of Forfar.
- Sir William Aston (1613 in Leigh - 1671) a barrister, politician, soldier and a justice of the Court of King's Bench (Ireland).
- Ernald Lane (born 1836) an Anglican priest, Rector of Leigh, then a prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral until 1888 when he became Archdeacon of Stoke; also a fine rower who represented Oxford in the 1858 Boat Race
The civil parish of Leigh is centred on the clustered village of Church Leigh but has six satellite hamlets. Separating the last four from the first is a field buffer including the River Blithe which flows south, via the Blithfield Reservoir lake 5 miles (8.0 km) south to feed the River Trent at Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Upper Leigh is a linear settlement on five or six lanes that is separated to the south-east from Lower Leigh by fields covering 100m; it has three listed buildings: Moor Farm, Moor House Farm and Manor Farm.
Lower Leigh is on a winding lane, separated from the village Primary School and recreation ground by less than 100 metres, to its north-west. The middle of the parish's three bridges along the lanes over the River Blithe is close to the centre of Lower Leigh. Next to this bridge is the aptly-named Brook Farmhouse.
This is the largest hamlet in area and population, and the most remote. To the south-west, it is on high ground and has a salient boundary as far as the source of the Sprink Brook.
Middleton Green is small in population and less than 200m north-east of Morrilow Heath and is 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west of Lower Leigh. Birchwood Park, an isolated farm, towards the Sprink Brook was historically a manor of sorts and is an architectural listed building, like the others in the parish which are non-ecclesiastical, at Grade II only. Big Wood, rises to the southern border here with extensive views over the rest of the village
This traditionally agricultural cluster of buildings includes a chapel, and is 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of Lower Leigh.
Just 300m south of Dods Leigh, a traditional manor forms a linear settlement, the traces of which can be made out from the properties, The Orchard, Godstone House and Godstone Cottage, as well as Old Woodcutter, the main four buildings.
Six farms make up a cluster which forms Field; the Sprink Brook discharges to the River Blythe at a point in the south of the hamlet.
- A to Z East Midlands Road Map, ISBN 1-84348-283-5
- The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Shropshire, Leigh, page 248, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
- Listed Old Farmhouse in Withington hamlet Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1190246)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- OS Explorer Map 259, Derby, Ashbourne & Cheadle. ISBN 0-319-21895-3
- Brook Farmhouse Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1190226)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- Birchwood Park Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1038371)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
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