Wednesbury Staffordshire Family History Guide

Wednesbury Staffordshire consists of the following parishes:

  • Wednesbury St Bartholomew, Staffordshire
  • Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire
  • Wednesbury St John, Staffordshire

Alternative names: Wodensbury, Wedgebury

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WEDNESBURY, a town and a parish in West Bromwich district, Stafford. The town stands on the South Staffordshire and Great Western railways, near the Birmingham canal, 8 miles NW of Birmingham; was called by the Saxons Wodensbury, after the god Woden; is now popularly called Wedgebury; had a castle, built in 916, by the princess Ethelfleda; was made a parliamentary borough, with one representative, by the reform act of 1867; includes, as a borough, West Bromwich and Tipton; was proposed, in the Boundary Commissioners' report of 1868, to include also Darlaston; is a polling place for South Staffordshire; publishes a weekly newspaper; carries on manufactures of railway ironwork, railway-carriages, patent axle-trees, gas tubes, steam and water pipes, and gun-locks, coach springs, hinges, screws, nails, and every kind of wrought iron-work; is managed by a local board of health, who have offices in the Italian style, built in 1867; and has a head post-office, two r. stations with telegraph, two banking offices, several good inns, a police station, a later English church, restored in 1827 and 1866, two modern churches in the early English style, ten dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a mechanics' institute, a working man's club, with library and reading room, eight public schools, charities £250, a weekly market on Saturday, and fairs on 6 May and 3 Aug. Pop. in 1861, within the town limits proper, 15,298. Houses, 2,793. Pop. within the borough limits, as constituted in 1867, about 92,623. The parish comprises 2,175 acres. Real property, £59,557; of which £8,312 are in mines, £80 in quarries, and £11,987 in ironworks. Pop. in 1851, 14,281; in 1861, 21,968. Houses, 4,057. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown; passed to the Heronviles and the Beaumonts; and belongs now to Sir F. Scott, Bart. and Lady Emily Foley. Coal, iron ore, limestone, potters' clay, and brick clay abound. The head living or St. Bartholomew s is a vicarage, and the livings of St. John and St. James are rectories, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value of St. B., £310; of St. John, £267; of St. James, £300. Patron of St. B., the Lord Chancellor; of St. John, Lady E. Foley; of St. James, J. N. Bagnall, Esq. The p. curacy of Moxley is a separate benefice. Lord W. Paget, who died in 1564, was a native.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Bilston & Neighbourhood, Staffordshire - Commercial Directory 1818


Vision of Britain historical maps

Further Reading

Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors (Tracing Your Ancestors) by Michael Pearson | 18 Oct 2012
A Black Country Miscellany: Aspects of West Midlands History by Andrew Homer | 7 Nov 2016
Black Country Murders (Sutton True Crime History) by Bott | 23 Mar 2009
Birmingham & Black Country Murder Stories by Brendan Hawthorne | 17 Jul 2017
Black Country Murders by Don Cochrane
A Grim Almanac of the Black Country (Grim Almanacs) by Nicola Sly | 14 Dec 2012
A-Z of The Black Country: Places-People-History by Andrew Homer | 15 Nov 2018
Historic England: The Black Country: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England by Andrew Homer | 15 Jun 2019
Chain and Anchor Making in the Black Country by Ron Moss | 20 Jul 2006
Memories of the Black Country: 100 Years of Photography (Alton Douglas Presents) by Alton Douglas | 1 Feb 1999
Birmingham & The Black Country's Canalside Industries (Archive Photographs) by Shill | 29 Jul 2005
Black Country Chronicles by Larkin | 30 Mar 2009
Whatever Happened to the Real Black Country?: Black Country Chronicles 1939-1999 by Tom Larkin | 20 Nov 2019
A Century of the Black Country (Century of North of England) by Williams | 1 Nov 2007
Black Country in the Great War (Your Towns & Cities/Great War) by Michael Pearson | 3 Sep 2014
The Little Book of the Black Country by Michael Pearson | 1 Oct 2013
Black Country, The by Edward Chitham | 1 Sep 2009
As If It Were Yesterday: Birmingham and The Black Country - Photographs From A Time Remembered by Mr Peter Donnelly and Simon Donnelly | 1 Nov 2019
Black Country Memories by Carl Chinn | 1 Nov 2004
Black Country Memories: v. 2 by Carl Chinn | 1 Nov 2005
Black Country Memories: v. 3 by Carl Chinn | 18 Nov 2006
Black Country Memories: v. 4 by Carl Chinn | 5 Nov 2007
Black Country Memories: v. 5 by Carl Chinn | 21 Nov 2008
Francis Frith's the Black Country (Photographic Memories) by Alan Rose, Dorothy Nicolle, et al. | 27 Jun 2002