Great Barr Staffordshire Family History Guide

Great Barr is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1849 from chapelry in Aldridge Ancient Parish.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St Margaret

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1664

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARR (Great), a village, a township, and a chapelry in Aldridge parish, Stafford. The village stands 2½ miles SE of Walsall r. station; has a post office under Birmingham; and is a seat of petty sessions. The township comprises 4,960 acres. Real property, £8,405, Pop., 1,075. Houses, 220. Barr Hall is the seat of Sir E. D. Scott, Bart.; and stands amid charming grounds, in a beautiful valley. An urn, near the flower-garden, is monumental of Miss Mary Dolman, the cousin of Shenstone. Barr Beacon, 653 feet high, is said to have been the seat of the Archdruid; and was. used by the Saxons and the Danes as a place of alarm-fires. The chapelry is conterminate with the township; and is a vicarage in the dio. of Lichfield. Value, £405. Patron, Sir E. D. Scott, Bart. The church stands at the village; and is a handsome recent structure, with an eastern painted window by Egginton. A school has an endowed income of £67, and other charities have £35.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Description and Travel

Great Barr, Brownhills

Parish Records

FamilySearch - Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Great Barr, 1660-1870

England, Staffordshire, Great Barr, parish registers : St. Margaret, 1653-1900

Church Records - Indexes

Parish register printouts of Great Barr, Stafford, England ; christenings, 1660-1870

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


Census returns for Great Barr, 1841-1891

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Overseer accounts for Great Barr, 1752-1837

Land and Property

Catalogue of charters and deeds of Great Barr, 1303-1773

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

Court rolls : 1617-1725


Land tax assessments for Great Barr and Hammerwich, 1772-1831


Vision of Britain historical maps


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