Polesworth in 1843
Polesworth is in the Tamworth division of Hemlingford hundred, between 3 and 4 miles east-south-east of Tamworth, on the road to Atherstone. The area of the parish is 6,310 acres : the population, in 1831, was 1,870 ; about half agricultural. There was anciently a Benedictine nunnery at Polesworth, said to have been founded by King Egbert early in the ninth century : its possessions were valued at the dissolution, at £109, 6 shillings, 6 pence gross, or £87, 16 shillings, 3 pence clear yearly revenue. There are considerable remains of the buildings of very picturesque character. Polesworth has an Independent place of worship, and an endowed free-school or schools. There are coal-works and a stone-quarry near the village.