The area was part of Staffordshire until 1928.
In 1810, in A Complete History of the Druids, T G Lomax described the area:
At the declivity of very pleasingly diversified hills, near Quieslade, is a most delightful lake, by crossing the head of which, the admirer of variegated landscape will be amply rewarded by an agreeable range over the opposite hills, where the High-Wood and Barr Beacon present themselves to view; and by gradually climbing the first of these two summits, the south-east prospect becomes very rich and extensive; and the latter presents an unbounded panorama into fifteen counties, which PLOT, in his History of Staffordshire, has specified.
(the later being a reference to Robert Plot's Natural History of Staffordshire.
- The Moonstones
- Lomax, T G (1810). A Complete History of the Druids... with an inquiry into their religion and its coincidence with the patriarchal.