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the times, and of the hospitable character of Colonel Ralph Sneyde, of Keel :
" To my Noble Cousin Colonel Ralph Sneyde,
Ball Haye, has been already briefly mentioned. This place has for many centuries been in the possession of an old and respectable family of the Devenports, as appears by the monuments in Leek church yard. The last of that name was the maternal uncle of J. Hulme, Esq. M. D.* the present possessor of the house and estate.f In the grounds adjoining the car.
riage commencement of the great frost, in February 1683, was huried at Polesworth church, in the chancel. His title of baronet was disputed in the herald's office : fur happening to receive that honour soon after king Charles I. had left his Parliament, his name and patent were not enrolled. He wrote some plays, and several poems. His tragic-comedy, intituled Trappo lir. &c. was pirated by some plagiary, under the title of Duke and no Duke. The tragedy of “Ovid," had a new title, with Sir Aston's picture. The tragic-comedy called “Tyrannical Goveroment,” is ascribed, but upon doubtful authority, to his pen. This may also be said of Thyrsiles, au interlude. He also translated the Dianea of Giovanoi Franciscu Loredano, a romance.
* This gentleman, though he has a medical diploma, does not at present practise as a physician.
+ Our view of this linuse, and the stupendous rocks by which it is partly encompassed, was taken from Leek church yard ; and will convey a tolera bly correct view of this somantic scenery.
riage roa I to Leek there is a mineral spring which appears to contain a portion of sulphur, and is a strong chalybeate; but no accurate analysis has ever been made of its water. The improvements in Agriculture here have been considerable.. within the last few years, so that, from the different acts of inclosure that have lately been obtained, the term Moorlands nay soon be extinct; and from the extensive plantations made by the present earl of Macclesfield, who is the lord of the manor, Dr. Hulme, and Thomas Mills, Esq. it may with pro. priety assume the name of Woodlands. The centre hill, in the annexed view, called Henclouds, and forming part of what are called the Roches, Dr. Hulme is now planting; and in a few years it will much increase the beauty of that varied and extensive scene. There has within these few years been a large reservoir of water made betwist the townships of Budgạrd and Horton for the benefit of the canal. This reservoir covers upwards of two hundred acres of land; it is well wooded on each side, and possesses many beauties, little inferior to some of the Cumberland lakes. The mechanism, by which the water is discharged from the reservoir, is very curious, and deserving the particular notice of travellers and tourists.
is a small market-town, in the parish of Alstonfield, about six miles north-east of Leek. It contains about one hundred houses, and four hundred inhabitants. The market is on Tuesday; and is remarkable for the very limited time usually allotted for the sale of its various commodities, which consist for the most part of pigs, and butcher's meat. The stalls are usually begun to be erected about tour o'clock, in the afternoon; and before six ibey are all cleared away- the bustle of the market is over; and the people bave retired to their respective houses in the neighbourhood. The market is, howe eyer, very well attended. Eeee3.
Here is a small church, or rather chapel, to the vicarage of" Alstonfield. There are also a few Dissenters and Methodists.
At, or near this place, was born Andrew Bromwich ; a priest who suffered much persecution for being a Roman Catholic. He was educated at the English college at Lisboe, where he was ordained and then sent back to his native country upon the mission.
He followed his sacred function near Wolverhampton ; till the plot breaking out in 1678, he was apprehended and committed to Stafford goal. He was tried at the county assizes, August 13th, 1679, together with William Atkins, a Jesuit ; Sir William Scroggs sitting upon the bench. The evidence against him was produced by one Anne Robinson, who swore, that she frequently heard bim say mass, and had herself received the sacrament at his hands. This dread. ful charge of worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and the forms of his ancestors, was farther confirmed by one Geoffrey Robinson, who deposed that he had heard Mr. Bromwich repeat something in a language which the deponent did not understand, and use certain ceremonies in a surplice, &c. This man's wife, Jane, being called, would not swear that she knew any thing injurious to the prisoner's character. Notwithstanding this, poor Mr. Bromwich was condemned to die; but his abominably vile persecutors afterwards thought better of the matter, and he was reprieved and pardoned. It is painful and humiliating to a Protestant writer, to have occasion to mention instances of bigotry like this; and many, to our shame be it spoken, there are.
This village was supposed to lie waste at the Conquest, being in so wild a part of the country; and is said not to have been inhabited, for a considerable time afterwards. It is not mens tioned in Doomsday-book, nor in the record called Nomina Villarum, taken in the time of king Edward II.
Paynesley was formerly a seat belonging to the Draycots, who kept, according to the custom of those times, a fool or jester, whose name was Richard Morse. This man had a very