Norton in Hales

Norton-in-Hales is a small village near Market Drayton, close to Staffordshire, preserving its ancient name, for Market Drayton was originally Drayton-in-Hales. The church tower is of the Perpendicular period but the remainder is 1864-72 with an unusual addition of a small baptistery beside the tower which houses the magnificent Cotton monument in alabaster of Sir Rowland Cotton and his wife, who died in childbirth, and she is portrayed with her child in her arms. The Cottons of Combermere abbey granted Drayton-in-Hales its market thus re-naming it Market Drayton.