Doxey in 1830note-1 - Prior to the Railways
In 1830 Doxey was a small hamlet in the parish of Seighford
just over a mile from the centre of Stafford. It was an agricultural society with two or three farmers
(mainly) renting the fields south of the river Sow. The road from Stafford ran through the area going on
to Aston and Seighford, fording Doxey Brook where the bridge is today. The line of the road to Stafford
was basically the same as today except that there was a'dog leg' around the small stream south of the
school where 'Daisy Bank' is now.
1. Aston Bank Farm
The only other major building in the area was a large barn near where the western end of The Drive is today. There were sand, gravel and marl pits all around the area and the sites of some of these are still visible.
There were also 4 large ponds, one at the present entrance to Doxey fields, two either side of
the lane to Brook House Farm and one where the church is today.
Doxey c1830 - Enlarged map showing approx position of buildings.1
Tithe Map 1839 William Salt Library
1. The maps give an impression of the area before the first railway was built in 1837. The exact line of the Sow is uncertain as is the line of the road towards Stafford. The footpaths existed in 1880 but may not have done in 1830.
2. Henry Curzon Allport (1788-1854?) was a landscape artist who was active in the Midlands in the early 19th century. In about 1840 he and his family emigrated to Australia (following his art teacher John Glover who, about 10 years earlier left for Tasmania at the age of 64). He settled in Tasmania and drew some of the earliest surviving views of the area which can now be seen in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
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