Sources for Betley history

About this website

Legal records

Population data from 1086 AD

Wills from 1518

Parish registers 1538-1812

Estate auction sales 1918 & 1947

The Betley Window

Betley Local History Society


Useful links

This website contains some documentary sources for the history of the village of Betley, situated on the borders of North-West Staffordshire and Cheshire, including the communities of Balterley and Wrinehill. It may be of interest to local and family historians.

The materials reproduced or referred to on these pages relate to the history of Betley from the year 975 onwards, but they are not claimed to be particularly extensive, systematic or authoritative. They are merely certain data which I have been able to collect, as an amateur local historian who grew up in the village, a descendant of the Corne family, concentrated in Betley in the 16th-18th centuries.

The Useful links section gives internet addresses of some relevant websites.

Some gradual additions are planned.

Your comments, enquiries and suggestions are welcome: please contact us.

Sources for Betley history was first launched in 2000 and an overdue update of the design was begun in the summer of 2006. The present version, introduced in August 2006, contains some recent additions, including an expansion of the wills indexes to show Betley wills at the National Archives in Kew and the Cheshire and Staffordshire Record Offices (previously, only wills kept at Lichfield were listed).