In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Armitage like this:
ARMITAGE, a parish in Lichfield district, Stafford; on the Northwestern railway and the Grand Trunk canal, 5½ miles NW of Lichfield. It has a station on the railway, and a post office under Rugeley; and it includes the hamlet of Handsacre and part of the village of Brereton. Acres, 1,921. Rated property, £4,943. Pop., 937. Houses, 206. The property is divided among a few. Armitage Park is a fine mansion. The Grand Trunk canal, in its course within the parish, passes through a large tunnel. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church stands on a rocky eminence; has a Norman doorway, and an interior hand some arch; and is a picturesque object. A church stood formerly at Handsacre, but is now a ruin. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans. Charities, £9.