Mow Cop is an ecclesiastical district formed from the parishes of Biddulph and Wolstanton in February 16th 1844.
The population in 1901 was 2,201
Most of us are not sure what ecclesiastical means but the Reverend Fred Magnall Haughton says it concerns the church and the area it covers.
He is the vicar of the parish church of St Thomas so he must know about these things.
A new graveyard was added in 1899 and the parish register dates back to 1843, Dales Green and rookery are included in our parish.
The sexton at St Thomas’s is Samuel Stanway.
The other churches are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist and United Methodist.
The official description of Mow Cop is that it is a lofty eminence on the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire.
Our famous tower or castle was built by the Wilbraham family around 1760 and commands a picturesque and commanding view of the surrounding counties.
On clear days you can see as far as the Wrekin and the Welsh Mountains.
As you would expect Ralph Sneyd is the lord of the manor and principal landowner.
The Public Elementary School was built in 1890 for 190 boys and girls and also 109 infants.
The average attendance is, 190 boys and girls and 95 infants.
Mr Arthur Webster is the Master and Miss Nellie Lyon is the infant’s mistress.
Mrs Sarah Hancock Is the sub postmistress.
Letters arrive at 7-40 am and 5-20 pm.
They are dispatched at 9-15 am, 5-20 pm and 8-00 pm.
On Sundays they arrive at 8-20 am and dispatched at 12 noon.
The nearest telegraph office is at Scholar Green.
Let’s have a look at the local traders starting down the road at Rookery.
Mark Ball builder, Thomas Barlow grocer, Stephen Butler gardener,
George Chadwick farmer at Brieryhurst, Mrs Clare Abel farmer, Miss ethel ball teacher of shorthand, Reginald Craig farmer,Henry Dale grocer, Moses Doorbar Carter, Joseph Durber gardener, Frederick Durber gardener, Jonathon Gibson farmer, Thomas Henry Heath grocer and George Holland shopkeeper.
That is quite a few people for a small village.
Don’t forget the landlord and keeper of fine ales at the Robin Hood public house our very own, George Moores.
The Rookery Social Club & Reading Room has William Warren as its Secretary.
Moving uphill a little towards Mow Cop we have Dales Green, let me tell you who we have in business here.
James Dale farmer, William Hancock teacher of music, Joseph Lawton shopkeeper, James Sanderson grocer, Richard Taylor farmer and William Tryner watch & clock repairer,
Moving on even higher up the hill is Mount Pleasant.
Here we have Enoch Booth hairdresser, John Robert Chadwick shopkeeper, William Stubbs herbalist, Randle Walker beer retailer, Charles Henry Wright shopkeeper and last but not least The United Velvet Cutters Association Limited.
Arthur Horn is the landlord at the Ash Inn.
Up a little bit more and we are right at the top now looking out over the Cheshire Plain and in the other direction the ever billowing clouds of smoke being churned out by the hundreds of bottle kilns in the pottery towns of Stoke on Trent.
Agnes Ball shopkeeper, Henry Bailey bespoke boot maker, William Ball Grocer, Mary Conway grocer, Herbert Hill butcher, Joseph Jeffries shopkeeper, James Jones builder, Solomon Pointon coal merchant, George Whitehurst grocer and Charles Whittaker beer retailer.
Because we are surrounded by countryside we have plenty of farmers, here are as many as I can recollect.
Henry Bailey, Samuel Colclough, Joseph Colclough, William Cottrell, George Leighton, William Lovatt, Peter Minchull, Ernest Warburton and John Wright.
Charles F. Crimes who is the surveyor to Kidsgrove Urban District Council resides here at Colclough House.
Unfortunately the directories I had available to work from did not contain information about the following public houses.
However I have found a few links for you to refer to if you wish.
Most of the trade information is gleaned from this site which is owned by The University of Leicester, the directories are available free of charge and they are happy for you to use them.
These are memorial inscriptions in the churchyards in and around Mow Cop which you might find useful.