Audley Places in Staffordshire

In Staffordshire there are the following places associated with the Audley surname;

The Brass Commemorating {Z19} Thomas Audley in St James’ Church, Audley
Audley Village
Heighley Castle near Madeley; the home of the Barons Audley
Hulton Abbey in the area of Stoke called Abbey Hulton

The Brass Commemorating {Z19} Thomas Audley in St James’ Church, Audley
The inscription (in Anglo-Norman) on the brass plate states:
Icy gist Mons. Thomas D’ Audeley Chivaler fra Mons. James D’ Audeley, Seign’r de Heleigh de Rouge Chastell qui moruit Le xxiv die Januari L’ An. de gra’ Mo ccclxxxv -qui vit: de qi alme Dieu p’ sa pite eit merci -AMENTranslated this reads:
Here lies Sir Thomas Audley, brother (sic) of Sir James Audley, lord of Heleigh and Redcastle, who died on the 24th January in the year of grace 1385 on whose soul God have mercy and pity”

The Sir James  Audley is {Z13} in our research. There is no documentary evidence that Sir James Audley had a brother and it seems that it is generally accepted that the Sir Thomas Audley, whom the brass commerates is infact his son {Z19} Thomas Audley
On this website there are three brasses commemorating various members of the Audley Family. The following links will take you to the other brasses;

      Brass of William de Audley in All Saints Church, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire.

      Brass of {Z38} John Touchet Lord Audley in St James Church, Shere, Surrey

 Photographs of Audley Village
Heighley Castle, near Madeley
The file below contains information about Heighley Castle

       Information about Heighley Castle

Whilst Heighley Casltle can be clearly seen on the Ordnance Survey map. It is far more difficult to find any remains when one is stood on the site.
Hulton Abbey
Hulton Abbey was a former monastery located in what is now Abbey Hulton, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent. A daughter house of the Cistercian Combermere Abbey, the abbey was founded by Henry de Audley in the early 13th century. The abbey was relatively small and poor, with one of the lowest incomes of all Staffordshire religious houses, ahead of only Brewood Priory. The abbey was dissolved in 1538. (source Wikipedia)

Hulton Abbey (1219 – 1538)

1= The Church             2= West Range       3= South Range         4= East Range

Hulton Abbey as it is in 2014

Details of the stonework below: