Brewood in 1841
Brewood is the eastern division of Cuttlestone hundred, 10 miles south by-west of Stafford. The parish has area of 11,950 acres ; the population in 1831 was 3,799. At that time 278 men were employed on the Birmingham and Liverpool canal, which passes close to the village ; and 191 men in the manufacture of stock-locks. The village is neatly built, near the west or left bank of the river Penk. The market, which was on Friday, has been discontinued ; but there is one yearly fair for cattle. The church has a fine spire, and some other parts of the building are in a good style. There are Independent and Wesleyan meeting-houses. There is a grammar-school with a good endowment. There was formerly a Benedictine nunnery here, the clear yearly revenue of which at the dissolution was £11, 1 shilling, 6 pence.