This section contains transcriptions of documents either publicly or privately held that may prove to be of interest to the local or family historian. All documents are in some way related to either the parish of St Lawrence, or the townships of Heaton, Rushton James or Rushton Spencer.

All documents are in Adobe .pdf format so that they can be saved and printed for personal use.

Trade directories

White's 1834.
History, Gazetter & Directory of Staffordshire.

White's 1851.
History, Gazetteer & Directory of Staffordshire.

Kelly's 1896.
Directory of Staffordshire.

Kelly's 1904.
Directory of Staffordshire.

Kelly's 1912.
Directory of Staffordshire.


An account of what Heaton is worth per annum.
Two lists of tax payers and the amount of tax they paid. Undated - but early to mid 1700s.

A Lune within ye Liberty of Heaton for ye repair of ye highways within ye said Liberty for ye year 1772.
A list of 27 names and the tax they paid.

A Division of ye Lunes in Leeke Parrish.
With the emphasis on Heaton, has a list of 29 names and the tax they paid to the church. Undated - but early to mid 1700s.

Land & property

A draft conveyance of a close of land.
Known as Little Bent & Big Bent situated in the township of Leekfrith, dated 26 December 1879.

Lease of Heaton Farm.
situate in the Township of Heaton in the parish of Leek in the Moors, dated 1792.

Wills & probate

A draft account of the of the personal estate of John Chappell
Prepared by Redfern & Son, Solicitors, Leek.