WELCOME TO MY LOCKLEY TREE
I have only been researching the Lockley branch of my family during the last few years, but with the help of a recently found second cousin John, we made very rapid progress.
It appears that a good proportion of our Lockley's came from the Stone & Gnosall areas in Staffordshire, England & were baptised in St. Michael's Church at Stone & at St Lawrence Church in Gnosall.
There are a couple of photos of St. Michael's Church in the photo album & this link will take you to a site about bellringing with more photos of the church.
Stone is a canal town midway on the Trent River and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The canal was opened in 1771 and used to transport the raw materials to the potteries, and the finished products from the potteries. The Genuki uk site gives a brief history of Stone, where it states that Stone is as famous for its shoes as Stafford, and now I understand why a good part of my family were in the shoe trade (and perhaps my love of shoes?).
This link will take you to the site giving details on the Workhouse in Stone
Gnosall is a large village approximately 7½ miles West of Stafford and 5 miles East of Newport. The Shropshire Union Canal runs through Gnosall under the Newport Road. It was referred to as Geneshalle in the Domesday Book & St Lawrence Church dates from Norman times. In 1851 it's description was of a large and ancient village, comprising 2424 inhabitants, holding two annual fairs for the selling of livestock. It was divided into Quarters of Gnosall, Cowley, Knightley and Moreton.
I would really love to hear from anyone who is also researching this family, or any relatives who are just viewing out of interest.
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