Aldridge, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Aldridge is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin: 1660

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Aldridge

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALDRIDGE, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Walsall, Stafford. The town stands near the Worley canal, 2¾ miles ESE of Pelsall r. station, and 3½ NE of Walsall; and it has a post office under Walsall. An extensive distillery is here; and fine potter’s clay and coal are worked in the neighbourhood. Pop., 1,179. Houses, 234. The parish includes also the town of Great Barr. Acres, 7,752. Real property, £6,041. Pop., 2,254. Houses, 454. The property is divided among a few. A height called Barr-Beacon, is said to have been a place of Druidical sacrifices; and a pool, called Druid Mere, makes an occasional overflow, and has been popularly imagined to possess some supernatural quality. Barr-Hall-Park is the seat of Sir E. D. Scott, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £375. Patron, the Rev. J. F. Smith. The church contains a monument of a Stapleton, and is good. The vicarage of Great Barr is a separate benefice. Jordan’s schools have £118 from endowment, and other charities £64. The subdistrict comprises two parishes and part of a third. Pop., 7,026. Houses, 1,413.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Aldridge, a parish in the southern division of the hund. of Offlow, union of Walsall, county of Stafford. It contains the township of Aldridge and the chapelry of Great Barr. Living, a vicarage in the archd. of Stafford and dio. of Lichfield; rated at £8 1s. 3d.; gross income £1,100. Patron, in 1835, Sir E. D. Scott, Bart. Pop., in 1831, 1,700. Houses 303. Acres 7,980. A. P. £11,773. In this parish there is a noted pool called Druidmeer, the occasional overflow of which is supposed by the inhabitants to indicate an approaching dearth. A height in this parish, known by the name of Barr-Beacon, is said to have been the place from which the Druids gave notice of their sacrifices. The Wyrley and Essington canal passes through the parish. The township of Aldridge is 3 miles east-north-east from Walsall. There are two free schools here. One of these is a school for the education of eight poor girls, with an endowment of £12 per annum; the other, for the education of thirty or forty scholars, has a yearly income of £117 10s. 1d. There is also a National school. The annual produce of other charities connected with this parish, is £54 2s., exclusive of those in the chapelry and township of Great Barr: which see. Once in two years a court-leet is held here. There is an extensive distillery here; and in the neighbourhood a fine kind of clay is found, from which pottery, tiles, &c, are made. Pop., in 1801, 736; in 1831, 841. Houses 157. Acres 2,970. A. P. £5,128. Poor rates, in 1837, 320.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

History

Aldridge & district yesterdays Author: Lewis, Marilyn

Men of Aldridge : a local history of the area now included in the urban district of Aldridge Author: Gould, Jim

Parish Records

FamilySearch Historical Records

Boyd’s Marriage Index (findmypast)

Staffordshire Parish Register Collection (findmypast)

FreeREG – free

National Burial Index (findmypast)

Church Records

Aldridge St. Mary the Virgin : parish registers 1771-1900

Baptismal recordbook, 1852-1920

Bishop’s transcripts for Aldridge, 1660-1856

Bishop’s transcripts for Great Barr, 1660-1870

England, Staffordshire, Aldridge, parish registers : St. Mary, 1824-1901

Notes and collections relating to the parish of Aldridge, in the county of Stafford

Parish registers for Aldridge, 1660-1912

Registers of St. Mary, Aldridge, Staffordshire, bapt., mar. & bur., 1660-1771

Church Records – Indexes

Parish register printouts of Aldridge, Stafford, England ; christenings, 1660-1734

Parish register printouts of Aldridge, Stafford, England ; christenings, 1813-1856

Parish register printouts of Aldridge, Stafford, England ; marriages, 1660-1734

Parish register printouts of Great Barr, Stafford, England ; marriages, 1660-1685, 1698-1763, 1791-1809

Cemeteries

Monumental inscriptions St. Mary the Virgin, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands (formerly Aldridge Staffordshire)

Description and travel

Aldridge, Rushall, Pelsall, 1851

Census

Census returns for Aldridge, 1841-1891

Land and Property

Bateman-Scott collection of manor court records : 1649-1750

Court rolls : 1617-1725

Court rolls : 1682-1714

Poorhouses, poor law, etc.

Aldridge parish records relating to the poor, 1660-1866

Taxation

Land tax assessments, Aldridge, Staffordshire, England, 1772-1831

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Allport H. Curzon, Aldridge, Stafford., wine merchant and maltster, Oct. 2, 1835.

Maps

Historical Maps

Administration

  • County: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Walsall
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: Walsall
  • Poor Law Union: Walsall
  • Hundred: South Offlow
  • Province: Canterbury