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Indecipherable place name
« on: Sunday 10 October 21 17:13 BST (UK) »
Hi - I'm hoping someone might be able to identify this place name. Looks like K...ton Heath. It's the residence of a boy sent to Saltley Reformatory in Birmingham in 1860. As he was living in Silverdale I assume this place must be somewhere in that vicinity, but I could be wrong...

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Re: Indecipherable place name
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 10 October 21 17:26 BST (UK) »
Knutton Heath
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Re: Indecipherable place name
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 10 October 21 17:30 BST (UK) »
There's a Knutton Manor just to the SE of Silverdale:

https://maps.nls.uk/view/101596043#zoom=5&lat=5096&lon=2596&layers=BT

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Re: Indecipherable place name
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 10 October 21 20:11 BST (UK) »
Oh, excellent! Thanks very much to both.

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Re: Indecipherable place name
« Reply #4 on: Monday 11 October 21 12:11 BST (UK) »
A Vision of Britain through Time

Knutton, Staffordshire

'In 1870-72 - John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales described Knutton like this...

KNUTTON, a village and a township in Wolstanton parish, Stafford.  The village stands 1 mile NW of Newcastle-under-Lyme: and is a scattered rapidly-increasing place.  The township includes also the great part of Silverdale village, and a tract, called KNUTTON-HEATH, which abounds with ironstone, and lately was a common...  in mines, and £4,333 in iron-workers.  Pop in 1851, 1,918 in 1861 4,464.  Houses, 935.  The increase of pop. arose mainly from the establishment of new ironworks.  Coal is extensively mined.  The Newcastle race-course is on the skirts of KNUTTON-HEATH.  There are a schoolroom licensed for the Church of England service under Silverdale, a Primitive Methodist chapel, and a United Free Methodist chapel; and the last was built in 1863.  etc etc.

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« Reply #5 on: Monday 11 October 21 12:40 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Capetown. Interesting extra information, much obliged.

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« Reply #6 on: Monday 11 October 21 13:08 BST (UK) »
A better map location (slightly to the north)  than the one I gave previously:


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« Reply #7 on: Monday 11 October 21 15:40 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Gadget - I like to see the geographical context of these things, so very helpful.

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Re: Indecipherable place name
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 20 October 21 12:49 BST (UK) »
The Staffordshire Past Tracks website (https://www.search.staffspasttrack.org.uk/Details.aspx?&ResourceID=42455&PageIndex=1&KeyWord=Tithe%20Keele&SortOrder=2) has interesting tithe maps from around 1840. The tithe map for the Keele Parish labels the small cluster of houses around the junction of modern day Pepper Street and High Street as Knutton Heath. It also labels the buildings around the iron works as Silverdale. Meanwhile on the tithe map for neighbouring Wolstanton parish a much larger group of houses is shown next to the Keele boundary and adjacent to the Knutton Heath houses though is unlabelled. Iím pretty sure however that theses houses were also called Knutton Heath based on census records and their location next to the racecourse. At some stage around 1860/70 the name Silverdale became associated with all these house and the name Knutton Heath was no longer used.
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