Landor (Local History) Society

View of Rugeley from the A51 bypass showing St Joseph & St Etheldreda (R.C.) steeple and the towers of St Augustines (C. of E.) and the 'Old Chancel' churches.


Landor Society current publications are available from Margaret Neal (01889 582709)

& usually from Rugeley Library.

Rugeley: 150 years of a country town


The Landor (Local History) Society is proud to bring Ernest Toye's previously unpublished history of Rugeley to a wider audience. Toye was a founding member of our Society and a teacher of Latin and History at Rugeley Grammar School.


Spanning the years from 1700 to c.1850 it contents include:


Rugeley in 1700; Fire and Flood; Local Government in the first half of the 18th century;

The Horsefair and the 'Forty Five'; Local Government in the latter half of the 18th century;

Personalities of Rugeley in the 18th century; The Town 1801-10; After the French Wars 1811-20;

Regency Rugeley; 1830-46.


It sets the minutiae of local life into the context of the wider world of national events.

Price £7.00

The Sneyds of Rugeley, Ravenhill & Brereton


Another wonderful piece of research (2019) from Harry Thornton relating to the Sneyd family during the period 1787 to 1913; their activities in and around Rugeley; their charitable legacies and also some details of their personal lives and their properties in Rugeley, Ireland and Rhyl.

Price £2.50

“Ironworks of the Rising Brook Valley” by Harry Thornton (2016)


The meticulously researched A4 book, lavishly illustrated with photos, maps and plans, pieces together the evidence for 300 years of ironworking in the district.   Price £7.00

'The Murder of Christina Collins'





A reprint of John Godwin's booklet. (The 'Bloody Steps’ Murder on the Trent and Mersey Canal near Rugeley) This was used as the basis for John's friend Colin Dexter's 'Inspector Morse' novel "The Wench is Dead").



Price 2.50





'Looking back on Rugeley'  A booklet by Alec Neal with illustrative sketches by Edwina Morgan    Price  £1.20

'Rugeley in Black & White'  A book of drawings by Edwina Morgan    Price £2.50