Darlaston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Alternative names: Darlaston near Wednesbury

Parish church: St. Lawrence

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists include: Calvinist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Darlaston

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DARLASTON, a town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Walsall district, Stafford. The town stands near the Bentley canal and the Birmingham and Wolverhampton railway, 1½ mile NW by N of Wednesbury; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Wednesbury.

It carries on hardware manufacture, in many departments; has iron-foundries, steel-works, and malting mills: and presents the grimy aspect common to places of its class. 

The parish comprises 901 acres. Real property, £31,445; of which £4,423 are in mines, £52 in quarries, and £9,923 in iron-works. Pop., 12,884. Houses, 2,514. The property is subdivided.

Coal and ironstone are extensively mined; stone is quarried; and bricks are made. A canal aqueduct, over the Bescot brook, has two arches, and is 120 feet high.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £266. Patrons, Simeon’s Trustees. The church stands on an eminence, in the centre of the town; and is a plain brick building, with a lofty steeple.

St. George’s vicarage, constituted in 1844, is a separate benefice. Value, £150. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1852; and is a stone structure, in the early English style, with a north-western tower.

There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and charities £6.

The sub-district includes also part of Wolverhampton parish. Acres, 2,551. Pop., 13,230. Houses, 2,582.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Darlaston (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Walsall, S. division of the hundred of Offlow and the county of Stafford, 1 mile (N. W. by W.) from Wednesbury; containing 8244 inhabitants.

This place, which is situated in the heart of a mining and manufacturing district, comprises about 800 acres; the town is lighted with gas from the extensive works at West Bromwich, about 4 miles distant, and is chiefly inhabited by persons engaged in the mines and other works carried on in the immediate neighbourhood.

The most important articles manufactured are gun-locks, bits, stirrups, buckles, nails, screws, cast-iron goods, and iron bars, in which a great portion of the population is employed; and in the parish are rich mines of coal and iron-stone, principally wrought by the Birmingham Coal Company.

The Birmingham canal passes on the north side of the parish of Walsall, &c., and the Grand Junction railway also runs through it.

An extensive stone quarry belongs to the coal company, and is worked for all the usual purposes.

The living is a rectory, valued in he King’s books at £3. 11. 5½., and in the gift of the Trustees of J. Thornton, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £250, and the glebe comprises 18 acres. The church was rebuilt by subscription in 1806, and enlarged in 1819 and 1833; it is of brick, with stone steeple erected on a much more ancient tower.

There are places of worship for Independents, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists; also a national school.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Directories

Bilston & Neighbourhood, Staffordshire – Commercial Directory 1818

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Cemeteries ( 3 )
Burial registers, 1860-1991
Author: James Bridge Cemetery (Darlaston, near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Monumental inscriptions of St. Lawrence, Darlaston
Author: Harris, Pauline; Carter, Peter; Scout Association. 4th Darlaston Troop; Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry; Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury)

Monumental inscriptions of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pinfold Street, Darlaston and St. George’s Church, the Green
Author: Carter, Peter; Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry; Scout Association. 4th Darlaston Troop; Church of England. St. George’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury); Wesleyan Methodist Church (Darlaston, Staffordshire)

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Darlaston, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Church history ( 1 )
Darlaston Green Methodist church, 1870-1970 centenary celebrations

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Church records ( 14 )
Baptismal recordbook for the United Methodist Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1887-1931
Author: Darlaston United Methodist Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Baptismal register for Green Wesleyan Methodist Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1851-1920
Author: Darlaston Green Wesleyan Methodist Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Births, baptisms and burials for the Wesleyan Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1832-1837
Author: Wesleyan Church (Darlaston, near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. Lawrence’s Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1660-1844
Author: Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury)

Church records for the Primitive Methodist Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1824-1832, 1844-1914
Author: Darlaston Primitive Methodist Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury), parish registers : St. Lawrence

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston, parish registers : St. Lawrence

Non conformist registers of Staffordshire, Darlaston Wesleyan Methodist Chapel & Wednesbury Wesleyan Methodist Circuit

Nonconformity in Tipton, Staffordshire : including the baptismal registers of the Bloomfield and Tipton Green Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other nonconformist material

Parish registers for Moxley, 1838-1876
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Moxley

Parish registers for St. George’s Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1845-1915
Author: Church of England. St. George’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury)

Parish registers for St. Lawrence’s Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1539-1885
Author: Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury)

Record books of baptisms and burials for the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Darlaston near Wednesbury, 1837-1892
Author: Darlaston Wesleyan Methodist Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Registers of St. Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffordshire, bapt., mar. & bur., 1544-1692
Author: Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Darlaston near Wednesbury); Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Church records – Indexes ( 4 )
Parish register printouts of Darlaston (near Wolverhampton), Stafford, England (Wesleyan Methodist Church) ; christenings, 1832-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Darlaston (near Wolverhampton), Stafford, England ; christenings, 1792-1830
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Darlaston (near Wolverhampton), Stafford, England ; christenings, 1831-1844
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Darlaston, Stafford, England ; christenings, 1756-1791
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Description and travel ( 1 )
Darlaston town trail
Author: Timmins, Malcolm

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – History ( 3 )
The effects of the public health movement on Wallsall and district, 1830-1960
Author: Brookes, Victoria L.

A history of Darlaston, (near Wednesbury)
Author: Hackwood, Frederick William

Willenhall and Darlaston yesterdays

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Occupations ( 1 )
Darlaston parish records relating to the poor, 1690-1818
Author: Darlaston (near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Darlaston parish records relating to the poor, 1690-1818
Author: Darlaston (near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Poor rate books, 1793, 1893
Author: Darlaston (near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments, Darlaston, Staffordshire, England, 1772-1831
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Staffordshire)

England, Staffordshire, Darlaston (near Wednesbury) – Voting registers ( 2 )
Electoral registers, 1919 and 1925
Author: Darlaston (near Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Register of electors, 1928 : in force 15th October, 1928 to 30th April, 1929, Parliamentary borough of Wednesbury, registration unit, Darlason

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

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