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Major Settlement in the Parish of Woodville

Historical Forms

  • Wooden Box Station 1836 O


“A populous village of potters has sprung up in its neighbourhood [i.e. Butt House] by the names of 'Wooden-Box', or more commonly 'The Box' derived, as is well known, from a hut set up there for a person to sit in to receive the toll at the turnpike. The Historical Collector may add that this wooden box was originally a port wine butt from Drakelow Hall.In 1845 the name of the place was changed from Wooden-Box to Woodville, and formed into 'The consolidated Chapelry of Woodville' by an order of the Queen in Council, June 17th, 1847.—See The London Gazette of July 6th , 1847.” The Midland Counties Historical Collector , vol. ii, number 26, 1 Sept. 1856.

Places in the same Parish